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Peninsula Billboard Ban Going Rogue?

Sign measuring 12 by 48 feet might soon entertain drivers on 101



    Peninsula Billboard Ban Going Rogue?
    Bay Area residents may soon be seeing a lot more of Sarah Palin.

    All Nevada resident Jeffrey Herson wants to do is put up a giant sign featuring Sarah Palin along Highway 101 in San Carlos.

    But San Carlos city officials have objected to the planned billboard that would read "Palin for President 2012."

    The sign would be 48 feet wide by 12 feet tall.

    That is much larger than the city code allows.  It states political signs must be no larger than 32 square feet, and can be posted no earlier than two months before an election.

    Herson's father and attorney Alan Herson is arguing that the sign is constitutionally protected political speech, and a federal judge has agreed.

    So now the city council might implement a ban on all new signs until the constitutionality of the permitting process is worked out.

    And the city's Planning Commission won't consider the new permit application of the sign until next month, leaving the elder Herson to essentially accuse city officials of ignoring the judge's ruling -- and is asking they be held in contempt of court for, ahem, going rogue.

    Jackson West figures it's only a matter of time before a ten-foot mustache decorates the sign.