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The signs were vandalized along Paseo del Valencia and in the neighborhood bounded by Alicia Parkway and La Paz Road on the north and south, and Paseo de Valencia and Moulton Parkway on the eastern and western sides, according to a release Councilwoman Kogerman sent to the Weekly. Listed as the contact is her husband and 2010 campaign manager Bill Kogerman, a retired Air Force colonel and
"Campaign signs are an exercise in free speech," Mathur is quoted as saying in the release. "If we put this down to pranksters or campaign business as usual, we put political speech at risk, and our freedom of choice suffers."
Sheriff's Lt. Tom Behrens, the Laguna Hills police chief, is taking the matter seriously, according to the Kogermans. The Orange County Sheriff's Department assigns lieutenants to serve as chiefs in individual contract cities. Hunt was a sheriff's lieutenant when he was chief of San Clemente.
Anyone with information about the destruction or removal of campaign signs in Laguna Hills is urged to contact sheriff's Deputy/Laguna Hills Police Officer Ryan Hoopii at 949.425.1900.