Monday, May 17, 2010
SIGN WARS II: The Vendors Strike Back...
Oh wait...wrong science fiction parody!
Well, Quartzsite officials eventually noticed that big red sign at Greasewood (or maybe they read about it here and went to see for themselves...), and the Stormtroopers were summarily dispatched.
On the morning of April 26th, Councilman Jerry Lukkason and building inspector Al Johnson were caught having a covert meeting in their vehicles at "Greasewood Greens", behind "The Buck Stop Discount Store". When confronted by the video camera, Lukkason fled the scene, leaving Johnson to face some tough questions off camera.
Minutes later, here comes Al Johnson on foot with Emmett Brinkerhoff from Public Works, tape measure in hand...and they were headed straight for the big red sign.
Brinkerhoff, unsure exactly where the legal boundary was located, had to leave and come back with the survey map, because "I think" wasn't a satisfactory answer for Quartzsite's "Vigilante Vendor". It seems that Business 10 aka Main St. is now owned by the Town, and only the easement for an undetermined stretch around the intersection at Hwy 95 is still owned by the State. Where the property line really is may be up for debate since the road was widened.
If Brinkerhoff was correct in his assessment, the longstanding landmark signs for the Quartzsite Museum and the Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Greasewood signs are way over the legal line! The end result was that three of Wes Huntley's signs were removed for "encroaching" and the big red sign was relocated to the north east corner of Greasewood. It's even more visible now, right next to the incumbent's signs on the intersection at the traffic light. "YOU CANT FIX STUPID BUT YOU CAN VOTE THEM OUT!" is there for all the world to see. Apparent there has been a ripple effect.
The "STUPID" sign began to have friends! A yellow "STUPID" sign has been making the rounds in the back of someones pick up truck. Others have reportedly been sighted.
On the morning of the incumbent's ice cream social, the dismal turn out was treated to a yellow and red sea of Ed Foster signs. Then, vehicles all around town began sporting the latest accessory...opposition candidate signs!Even Hi Ali Swap Meet on Main St. (the oldest swap lot in Quartzsite) has fought back from the dark side and replaced their Huntley signs with Foster Signs. SIGN WARS will be over tomorrow night. Will the vendors win? Let's hope so, because "stupid is forever" and Quartzsite needs to wise up!
P.S. If you are offended by comedian Ron White, then DON'T PLAY THIS VIDEO! If you are offended by this blog...well exercise your free speech for Wes Huntley and see how far it gets you.