UNINCORPORATED WHITTIER – Two political banners are posted atop a graffiti-covered railroad bridge above the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway near the Beverly Boulevard exit. The two red, white and blue banners announce Pico Rivera Councilman David Armenta’s run for the Assembly. They have been there for several weeks, and are seen by thousands of motorists who pass under the bridge each day. Armenta said he has no idea who welded the banners on the bridge, but thanked whoever put them there. “I’m flattered and honored that someone would take those extremes to put it up there,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBut Caltrans officials aren’t so pleased. “It’s a distraction to motorists, it’s a safety issue,” said Caltrans spokeswoman Judy Gish. “We don’t allow signs over the freeways.” Gish said in this case, because the bridge is not owned by Caltrans, she is not sure what Caltrans’ jurisdiction is. The banners have pictures of Armenta and the state Capitol on them. Soon after the banners were erected, the taggers who have spray-painted nearly every visible inch of the bridge vandalized the signs – painting their monikers on the picture of Armenta’s face. The bridge is owned by 81-year-old Los Angeles developer Arnold Carlson, who has previously said he bought it from Union Pacific Railroad so he could access his property on the west side of the freeway. In 2004, Whittier city officials asked Caltrans and Carlson to clean the bridge. Both sides argued that the other was responsible for getting rid of the vandalism, and nothing was done. Representatives from Carlson’s office Tuesday said Carlson has no comment about the political banners. Armenta said Carlson approves of the signs. “Carlson knows it’s up there. He’s a supporter,” said Armenta. Some residents said, with the state primary election coming up June 6, the city has hundreds of campaign signs posted throughout the city. Rowland Heights resident and local activist Roy Humphreys said he takes down the signs from public property “as fast as they can put them up. “These campaign organizations come through a community, many times at 3 a.m. and plaster the community with signs on private property, utility poles and sign posts,” said Humphreys, who formed the Rowland Heights Advocate Inc. group three years ago to address these and other community issues. “They put them up with such callous disregard for public safety,” he said. “The salt in the wound is that they say they will take them down immediately after the election, but they don’t always do that.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!