California city scrubs ‘Black Lives Matter’ from street when citizen wants to paint ‘MAGA 2020’

California city scrubs ‘Black Lives Matter’ from street when citizen wants to paint ‘MAGA 2020’
Wants to paint "MAGA 2020" on Redwood City, CA street. CBS 5 SF video

[Ed. – Presumably, “MAGA 2020” will last until someone else wants to paint something different.  Sounds fair.  The woman with the MAGA message speaks with an accent and sounds like an immigrant.  She may be more likely than the American-born to exercise her right to express an opinion.]

Redwood City resident Dan Pease got permission from city officials to paint the “Black Lives Matter” sign on Broadway as part of a Fourth of July public art celebration. The city even supplied him with yellow poster board paint to do it.

“Because we were using the poster board paint that would eventually deteriorate over time, my understanding from them was that the mural would last as long as the paint lasted,” Pease explained.

But, last Thursday, the city washed the sign away after being contacted by local real estate attorney Maria Rutenburg, who said that if the street was now a public forum, she wanted a sign of her own reading “MAGA 2020.”

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“I saw “Black Lives Matter” sign appearing on Broadway Street on the asphalt and I figured that’s gonna be a new public space, open for discussion, and I wanted to get my message out, too.” Rutenburg said.

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