Fresno Co. Supervisors candidate removed from City Hall, cited for disruption

The dispute over campaign signs resulted in a removal and citation during a City Council meeting on Thursday.
Photo: David Taub / GV Wire

Fresno County Board of Supervisors candidate Dion Bourdase was removed from the Fresno City Council meeting on Thursday for causing a disruption involving his campaign signs. 

Bourdase is running for the District 2 seat on the Board of Supervisors. 


The backstory: Last month the city sent letters to Bourdase and at least one other candidate, Matthew Gillian, warning them that placing their campaign signs on public property, public right-of-way or utility poles is a violation of city code. 

  • The letter, from the City Attorney’s Office, said that signs placed on public property will be removed. 
  • According to a report from GV Wire, the city took hundreds of signs off of public property and stored them at City Hall. 

Driving the news: Fresno Police told The Sun that Bourdase was asked to leave the council chambers after causing a disturbance. 

  • When he refused, officers escorted him out of the chambers and issued him a citation for willfully disturbing or breaking up a public assembly or meeting. 
  • Bourdase had dozens of his signs with him at the meeting with metal stakes attached to them, which are not allowed in the council chambers because they can be used as a weapon. 


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