Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.
Can you spot what is wrong with this picture? Answer below
In my opinion, when a candidate takes so little care to read the sign ordinances (or comply with what they say), it indicates carelessness. When a candidate cannot bother to create an original, factual flyer about their candidacy, it indicates a sloppy, haphazard approach to the office. But plagiarizing in a flyer by using your opponents words as your own? That is truly low. Is this the type of alderman we want in the 7th District? I say no.
In contrast, this is what I recently wrote about Lisa Mellone on her website, "Lisa Mellone has definitely raised the bar on what constituents expect from an alderman in District 7. She is dedicated to helping residents when they have problems and to working with neighborhoods and developers to ensure optimal outcomes on new projects. Lisa works tirelessly for us all, and I am grateful she is willing to serve another term."
So did you figure out what was wrong with that picture yet? The sign was placed on the city right of way in front of Brookfield Marketplace shopping center on Greenfield Ave. Election signs are not permitted on the R.O.W. or parkland, medians, etc. Candidates must also ask a business or homeowner for permission to place a sign on their property.
This second photo is of a homeowner who asked for a Mellone sign (green arrow) for in front of their property. They were not pleased with the challenger's sign (red circle) so close to their property! (Sorry it is so dark.) The Challenger's sign is illegally placed on the city sidewalk connects a closed off street with the Greenfield Ave. sidewalk. Of course, garnering supporters who want a sign or stopping to ask a business or homeowner for permission takes time and effort. Illegally dotting the right of ways in front of offices or shopping centers with campaign signs is the lazy man's way of campaigning. Sometimes, as in the case with Seals last week, the business takes down the signs as they did on Sunny Slope Bishop's Woods complex.
I should be posting Brookfield and Elmbrook School Board election picks this weekend.
Past Post: Aug. 26, 2011
Come back, Lisa Mellone, District 7 needs you!
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