Posted by don frances, Mountain View Voice Editor, on Jun 5, 2007 at 12:09 pm don frances is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
The anonymous parent's name is known to us. She lives a few blocks away, not "across town." She is not a member of the Farmlands Group.
In any case, her theory about high school pranksters has now been confirmed by MVPD. Police have two suspects -- high school seniors -- who have admitted to stealing the signs. We'll have the updated story online shortly.
Posted by Robin, a resident of the Martens-Carmelita neighborhood, on Jun 6, 2007 at 6:26 pm
"Defeat these bastards, malcontent,agony, supressing our voice..." all this over a handful of signs that cost $12 each? And for this criminal activity, two otherwise likely decent high school students should become convicted felons and lose voting and other priviledges for the rest of their life? Good grief. Talk about making a mountain out of molehill. I am told by one of our council members that candidates for public office routinely order 10% or so more signs than they think they'll need, to account for those that get swiped. The Farmlands group didn't find such a good deal on signs - we paid about $35 each for ours - and when some of those were stolen last year, we certainly didn't pester MVPD with requests for 24-hour surveillance and police detective work.
Posted by Don Frances, Mountain View Voice Editor, on Jun 7, 2007 at 10:52 am Don Frances is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
Sorry about the multiple-posts problem. Some other people have had the same issue leaving comments in Town Square. I've asked our Web master what to do about it ... meanwhile, I took off the redundant posts and just left your original.
Posted by Phoenix, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Jun 8, 2007 at 11:39 am
They're just signs. I mean...if any of the kids pulled the same thing on me, I'd be mad, sure, but I wouldn't press charges. That's a bit...well, for lack of a better word, dumb. Then again, stealing signs was also dumb, but it happens all the time. Most of these kids can't think five minutes in front of their faces (since they're probably too busy thinking about college).
Posted by eric, a resident of another community, on Jun 8, 2007 at 12:11 pm
Phoenix, clearly prosecution is over the top, but to write this off as 'dumb' and move on is equally inappropriate. These kids trespassed, stole property (no single sign costs anything of consequence, but all of them together certainly did) and infringed upon the free speech of a lot of people. Was that their intent? Probably not.
Were one of my kids involved, I think that I would require them to take out an ad in the Voice (on their nickel) apologizing to the people they stole from.