I just got back from my first “official” investigative trip to Sterling Park (SP). While driving through SP over the past few weeks I had noticed the Delgaudio signs in a couple of yards and stopped to chat. Today I visited 14 homes. I would have stopped at more but it got too dark and too rainy. Here is a summary of the results (I have the addresses and some names but I’m not listing them here):
Only one home actually had a registered voter living there. I spoke with him and he is very aware of the situation and said that he takes the sign down from his front lawn almost every day and another sign appears the next morning. He showed me a pile of 6 signs he has removed.
Most of the homes I visited were right on Sterling Blvd. I picked the homes that I stopped at based on two things, the first being that they had obvious violations, the second being an obvious indication that Latinos live there (bumper stickers on cars, seeing people out in the yard, etc).
The first four homes all said basically the same thing, which was someone came by and asked if they could put the sign there and they all said yes. None of them knew who Delgaudio is nor did they know about the local elections.
Six homes all said that they just woke up and the signs were in the yard. This is tricky though. In one of those cases a sheepish room mate admitted that someone had knocked on the door and said something he did not understand at all and then planted the sign.
Two homes said that they were under the distinct impression that they were required to have the sign up (both homes on Church Street). One person understood that Delgaudio was the Supervisor and as such “nosotros tenemos que siguiere sus ordenes” or “we have to follow his orders”. The other person was told by a friend that she would be fined if she took it down.
The last group of homes I stopped at talked about a guy coming by asking for permission to put the sign up and said that he would be inviting them all to a big party to which they could bring their families to and get plenty of free food.
It seems like homes in the same area are being told the same things. I have a name of a family that I plan to talk to tomorrow who says that they were actually told they would be fined $50 if the sign comes down. I have not verified this first hand yet.
Everyone I spoke to was horrified when I told them Delgaudio’s position on illegal immigration and shared some of his quotes.
The funniest thing I heard was one of a group of guys who described the person who put the sign in the yard as being, “Un flaco, todo raro, creo que era maricon, por su forma de caminar y hablar pues.” translated: “A skinny guy, really weird, I think he was gay because of the way that he walked and talked.” Could this have been Delgaudio himeslf? Who knows…
Posted by: Laura Valle
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