A Davis resident received a letter last week in which damage was threatened to the resident’s home if he didn’t take down his “No on Measure E” sign.
That’s according to school board candidate Jose Granda – the lone opponent to Measure E in this year’s school board election. He said this kind of animosity is becoming increasingly common as the election nears.
Measure E is a parcel tax on the Nov. 6 ballot that is designed to fund Davis schools. Read more here.
The letter above, which was supplied by Granda, actually says "Measure C." But the sign on the resident's lawn was a "No on E" sign, and the letter is postmarked Oct. 17, during the current election cycle. There is no Measure C in this election.
The letter had no return address.
“Somebody wrote a letter saying they’re going to destroy a home if they don’t take the sign down,” Granda said. “We turned the case over to police.”
Granda said the police response was to recommend that the sign be taken down, which he said sets a precedent that this type of violent threat is OK. Davis Police Lt. Glenn Glasgow said the context for that kind of recommendation must be kept in mind and that the department supports everybody's right to free speech.
“Are we telling people to take the lawn signs down?” said Glasgow. “No, we’re not doing that. Could it ultimately resolve [this kind of] issue?”
He said it might, but the choice is left to the resident.
Glasgow said Davisites can display whatever election sign they want on their property. If a resident is concerned about a threat, it's up to his/her judgement to remove the sign if they want to avoid conflict.
Granda said this isn't the only incident. Some property owners, he said, have told tenants to take down their "No on E" signs, among other altercations. We'll revisit that later this week.
"We are under a situation in Davis where you can’t express a different opinion," said Granda. "I think that’s wrong. I think everybody has the right to express an opinion even if you don’t agree. You have to be respectful and vote the way you want."
Whether or not you support Measure E, what do you think of this letter and Granda's response? How about the police response?
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