Cross-posted from Blue News Tribune.
The Globe seems be buying the Yoon campaign spin on this. I do not, and I think it’s a bad tactic: the law is the law.
But I put quotes on code violation simply because this is a new one for me.
He says two inspectional services officers came to his campaign office in Fields Corner this week, declaring the “Yoon For Mayor” posters taped in the storefront windows a code violation and threatening a $1,000 fine every day unless he gets a “site cleanliness permit.”
Yoon says it smells of harassment. “Who’s doing the complaining here?” he said. “You’ve got to wonder.”
His campaign workers were even more explicit. “This is exactly the kind of politics we’re going to stop,” said a Yoon consultant, Jim Spencer. “We’re not going to let it be about dirty tricks.”
A clever way to bring sunlight to a “dirty trick?” I’m unconvinced.
I could believe that this code began as a way to hinder challengers — but the Globe doesn’t address that. (See what budget cuts do?)
Then, on Tuesday, Yoon’s staff members were working inside the office when two inspectional services officers and a representative from the association stopped by and told them they would be fined $1,000 a day if they didn’t get a “site cleanliness permit” in two weeks.
The permit, intended to combat rodents and windblown litter, requires businesses to certify that they have a Dumpster, a person responsible for it, and a schedule for emptying it.
I just read an amazing book about rats. I support this law!
But the Yoon forces are defiant.
Yesterday, it didn’t look as though Yoon’s staff had taken much action in response to the warnings. The windows were nearly covered with blue, white, and maroon campaign posters, as well as a hand-lettered sign declaring “all welcome.” Spencer said the campaign didn’t have a Dumpster because “we don’t serve food.” He said he was researching city codes and wants to comply but was still wondering about the warnings. “We find it curious,” he said.
Yoon wins today. But he better not push this for too long, in my opinion, or he loses tomorrow.