On Monday I got an email, followed by a phone call with Bill Harris who works for the city.
He was very nice, and said the city's hands were tied and they tried to find a way to keep them -- but they have to go.
Save the flowers! Councilmember Lorie Zapf is collecting emails of support at firstname.lastname@example.org to show community backing and find a way to keep them in Clairemont. Send her your story, and let her know how much you like them!
Someone started a petition.
Bill Harris gave me this statement to post:
The City is forced to announce that the Stop Sign Flowers must come down. Even with the great community spirit this effort has generated, there are just too many restrictions to overcome. City staff looked through state law and local policies trying to find some way of allowing the flowers to remain in place. Unfortunately, particularly with traffic control signs and including all other City assets, there is just no way to retain the works where they now are.
We hope that the flower-makers will work with other site owners – private businesses, other agencies, business improvement districts and community groups – to find new homes for the flowers. This is a fun program that should easily capture the imagination of our communities in other, less restricted, locations.
City crews will not remove any of the installations for the next ten days unless they become a hazard. It is hoped that those who originally installed the flowers will take that time to remove and preserve the work. Following the ten day period, City crews will be instructed to remove and dispose of anything affixed to City assets as it is seen or reported. The yarn and leaf structures cannot be saved when removed by City staff.
I will be available to answer specific questions about the City’s direction via email
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