PORTLAND -- In the heart of this political season, one Northwest Portland neighbor is making headlines and drawing a large number of comments for the large way he's showing his political support.
Scott Niedermeyer put up a Romney/Ryan sign on his NW Cumberland Road home a week ago. It's a 4-by-8 foot declaration of support he got from the Multnomah County Republicans Office. He liked it so much, he put up a second one on the side of his home.
A disgruntled neighbor sent an email to the city of Portland and the city sent a letter to Niedermeyer. His sign was too big, the city said only lawn signs are allowed in neighborhood zones.
Code enforcement is based on complaint and when we get a complaint we investigate it. We have to draw a line around something, somewhere, and what size works and how it works, said Tim Heron with the city's Bureau of Development Services.
All I'm trying to do is execute my First Amendment right, said Scott Niedermeyer in defense. This is the United States of America, this is not Communist Russia.
The following week, the city agreed to allow Niedermeyer to keep the signs up until the day after the election. He was warned that his yard would be re-inspected on November 8th and may face a penalty if the signs are not gone by that time, Niedermeyer said.