Just before 7am this morning, a group of people hung a political banner on the eastern side of the Rio Linda arch. No one group has been identified as responsible, but the sign is hand-signed by many people and businesses who presumably sponsored the effort.

There is no Sacramento County sign permit attached to the sign or the arch.

Some of the businesses identified are:

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  • Mauser Aviation (Rio Linda Airport)
  • Toro Engineering
  • RCI Plumbing
  • Zine’s Garage
  • Farm Air
  • West Concrete

CA Penal Code 594 PC is the California statute that defines vandalism as maliciously damaging, destroying, or defacing another person’s property. Vandalism can be filed as a felony if the amount is $400.00 or greater.

California vandalism charges can be filed for many reasons. Keying a car, damaging wet cement, or hanging a banner that then has to be removed. The mitigation costs would be considered in the charges.

In fact, California takes vandalism very seriously. If the damage is valued at four hundred dollars or more, vandalism can be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony. The penalties for felony vandalism could include a jail sentence of between one and three years and/or a fine of up to $10,000, or more.

It’s a shame that people within our community would let their political leanings get the best of them to the point of vandalizing public property. It’s obvious that they had the ability to get up there to hang the sign, so why not volunteer to repair the lights which have been failing for over a year now?

Is this what politics has driven us to? Left or right, it’s vandalism, and that energy and money could have been put to much better use to benefit the entire community and lift us all, instead of giving a handful of ultra-right activists some giggles for the weekend.

As of 1:38pm it’s been removed.

The California Highway Patrol and Sacramento County are investigating.

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Born and raised in Rio Linda, graduate of Rio Linda High School, and resident for most of the last 50 years. Committee Chair for the Rio Linda Elverta Visions Committee, announcer for the Rio Linda Little League Parade, Keeper of the Archway Lights, and outspoken advocate for the community.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Obviously the writer of the article has their own personal bias showing when he called it a political banner. I wonder how he handles right versus left handed players in his little league announcing.

  2. wow, the guy who puts Rio Linda on the map Rush Limbaugh is noted and thanked and Mr. John Todd goes full on put them in jail attitude. secondly it would cost near nothing to cut the sign down by a city employee with a bucket truck. You sir are a kill joy. oh by the way if it was a BLM banner I suspect you would have been cheering it and demanding the city never take it down. you have given this sign more publicity than it could have received had you kept your mouth shut and just let the city pull it down, Thank you Mr. Todd.

  3. Maybe they should have just painted it all down the middle of Rio Linda boulevard in huge letters. Apparently no prosecution for that nowadays. Or maybe a mural…

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