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Berkeley Sees Rash of Campaign Sign Vandalism as Election Nears

Berkeley has taken campaign sign vandalism to a whole new level this election season. Residents report shredded and stolen signs for every issue and candidate.

Frances Dinkelspiel of KQED News Associate Berkeleyside reports that the vandalism appears to be  getting personal, and in one case was directed at a City Council staffer who supports Mayor Tom Bates.

"What makes it creepy is this woman lives thirty steps up from the street," Dinkelspiel said. "So someone had to know where she lived, picked up the Tom Bates sign, walked up the steps in the dark, ripped it up on her doorstep. So she feels like she's being targeted personally."

 Signs for and against Measure T - a proposal to change development rules in West Berkeley - seem particularly vulnerable.

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