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    Boyer Keeps it Legal With Bike Signs In His County Clerk Campaign

    By Kevin Harris

    Civil rights activist and former Ventura County Sheriff candidate Bruce Boyer is now running for Ventura County Clerk of Elections. Anyone familiar with Mr. Boyer can attest to his unique and tenacious personality, along with his articulate style of persuasion, all of which make his latest campaign tool almost seem perfectly logical for the strict constitutionalist: Bicycle signs posted in public. 

    His current campaign, which officially began on March 11, 2022, came after controversial rules passed by the State Legislature and Governor limiting who can run for Sheriff, rendering Boyer technically unqualified. But because those campaign rules were passed without constitutional authority in the state, Boyer has presented legitimate legal challenges to them, including an appeal to the California Appellate Court, who struck the challenge down on what Boyer says are nonsensical reasons.

    “Their primary argument for not striking it down was that if they struck it down, even his (the judge’s) 5-year-old son could run for Sheriff,” Boyer said. “But a 5-year-old can’t be a registered voter so couldn’t run for Sheriff,” he added. Boyer’s broader claim is that there’s a conspiracy being maintained by judges to limit who can run for Sheriff, and by extension, who can run for the position of judge. So while he continues to fight that case, he wants to become the County Clerk “to be the referee who will call a clean game.”

    Bruce Boyer

     As for Boyer’s bicycle signs, he has used that tactic for several years while promoting issues in Ventura County, with varying degrees of success. He began using bicycles for signage because, according to him, Simi Valley has unusually heavy restrictions on campaign signage, and “I’m not willing to jump through multiple hoops, and I’m not willing to be charged with breaking the law and having my signs confiscated, when I can legally put them on bicycles and park them in the public right of way,” he explained. 

    Despite that legality, however, Simi Valley’s Public Works Department repeatedly would confiscate Boyer’s legally placed bicycle signs, while city employees and City Council members refused to even discuss the issue with him time, and time again. Boyer also said that while that was going on, the city routinely ignored its own signage regulations and allowed all kinds of other signs to remain posted, in a clear case of selective enforcement.    

    “We have three federal lawsuits as to our rights of free speech in the public roadway. The current lawsuit, against the City of Simi Valley, we have essentially won, based on a ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,” Boyer said. As far as he can tell, his signs are still being confiscated in Simi Valley. 

    Today in Thousand Oaks, however, his bicycle signs are being locked to street signage in the public right of way, are fully legal, and so far, have remained unmolested by anyone. Boyer said he plans to place like signs in Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura as well over the next several days.

    Bruce Boyer’s Bike Sign

     The bikes he uses are generally junk or surplus specimens that he finds in local ads, bike shops or through word of mouth – bikes that no one wants for low cost. Once he gets a bike, he then has to prepare it to become an effective bike sign. 

    We build specific attachments to put on the bikes to display the large banners,” Boyer said. 

    One other particular point of interest is that, according to Boyer, he is offering “a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone stealing or vandalizing” his bike signs. The reward generally applies to criminal thefts as opposed to government confiscation, though that remains a bit of a murky area, considering that a person confiscating a bike sign on government orders is not likely to be arrested or convicted. 

    Bruce Boyer served in the U.S. Army before gaining expertise in the private security sector for more than 30 years. He has attended hundreds of local city council meetings, spoken or presented at many of them, and is a powerful proponent of free speech, Second Amendment Rights, and Civil Rights in general. He has been arrested for exercising his free speech and tirelessly fights political corruption.  The website for his current campaign is “BruceforVCclerk.com.”      

    The California State Primary Election takes place on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. 

    Kevin Harris
    Kevin Harris Citizens Journal Reporter

    Kevin Harris is a reporter, editor and journalist, previous President of Cal State Northridge’s Society of Professional Journalists, and having worked for the LA Times and Newhall Signal. He is now also an author and videographer, and lives with his two children in Thousand Oaks. 


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    George Pattone
    George Pattone
    12 days ago

    Not sure I’m OK with a candidate that looks to cut corners regarding election signage laws as the County Clerk…
    Jeff Hargleroad has the large business management experience plus a decade of auditing for a “Big 4” CPA firm – that experience will be valuable for the data-intensive process of cleaning up the voter rolls and improving the systems of internal controls for chain-of-custody issues…
    2A issues are irrelevant for the County Clerk and Recorder position and this candidate is siphoning off VALUABLE votes from a qualified candidate who is running against an anointed Democrat candidate.
    Jeff Hargleroad has our votes…

    Ryan B.
    Ryan B.
    29 days ago

    95% of conservatism these days is just making up a scenario in your own head, and then getting really mad at it.

    Bruce Boyer
    Bruce Boyer
    1 month ago

    I have an update. When someone takes a knife? And cuts you the banner to leave half of it hanging , that is the action of a what would you say? Likely not hobo Joe… another one had the banner and part of the sign bracket broken and twisted off, bike untouched. Another bike and banner all MIA. THAT I suggest is not hobo Joe or Eddie the scrounge. These all occurred in T. O. To sign bikes parked off the 23 where the on off ramp streets are. Occurred between Friday Apr 22nd and AM on Tuesday. $1000 reward is offered!!

    Michael A….
    Michael A….
    1 month ago

    What. A. Joke.

    Michael A...
    Michael A...
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Michael A….

    fake comment, not from me some loser can’t find his @real idenity…or something

    Last edited 1 month ago by Michael A...
    Bruce Boyer
    Bruce Boyer
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Michael A….

    Glad I could make you laugh to improve your day bro!!

    Tommy
    1 month ago

    The picture shows a ‘bike sign’ but I can’t see a bike !

    Bruce Boyer
    Bruce Boyer
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Tommy

    It’s on the other side…. It ain’t as pretty as my sign…

    Cowboy
    Cowboy
    1 month ago

    Go Bruce Go!! I’m with you along with lots of other folks who want justice for all.

    Bruce Boyer
    Bruce Boyer
    1 month ago
    Reply to  Cowboy

    With me you know I will outfight hem and relentlessly to do it.

    G Miller
    1 month ago

    Bruce is usually right when he takes a stand on the law and is willing to enforce it,

    Bruce Boyer
    Bruce Boyer
    1 month ago
    Reply to  G Miller

    Thank you. I do my research 1st. I also tt the Govt. Boys so I can walk em through the law so they know it’s legal, when it’s unusual I don’t expect them to know, so once they see it they know. However if politicians get involved, Simi Valley, the City workers will follow orders, or else….I will protect them when it’s clear they acted under duress.

    Mike Smith
    Mike Smith
    29 days ago
    Reply to  Bruce Boyer

    Nobody cares about YOUR research, Bruce. We’re all way past Dunning-Kruger. Try to keep up.

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