— Highland Park HLP (@HighlandParkHLP) March 6, 2017
MOUNT WASHINGTON — Last Friday afternoon Divina Lombardo put up a campaign sign for City Council District 1 candidate Joe Bray-Ali in on the fence of her home. But within less than 24 hours the sign had been snatched away. She didn’t see who did it but a neighbor’s surveillance camera captured an image of a man stuffing a Bray-Ali sign into the trunk of a car. Now, a police report has been filed over the case.
Bray-Ali, one of four candidates running in the race, said that many of his signs and those of fellow candidate Giovany Hernandez have also been torn down in the days before the March 7 primary.
“It is election season, and people are fired up about their team winning,” Bray-Ali said. “These signs are produced using our limited resources. In my case, my daughter and her mom hand screened my signs.”
A clip of the surveillance video posted on Twitter and other social media shows a man with a baseball cap putting a folded up Bray-Ali sign into the back of a car — parked across the street from Lombardo’s home on 49 Terrace. That information — including the license plate number of the vehicle, believed to be a Tesla — has been turned over to police, said Lombardo.
A police report has been filed but it’s not clear if investigators have looked into the matter. The Eastsider has contacted detectives at the LAPD Northeast Division for more details.
“That really makes me angry,” said Lombardo about the stolen sign. Undeterred, Lombardo went to get another Bray-Ali sign, which is once again hanging from her front fence.
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