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Who Is Putting These Signs Up In Coronado Front Yards? Police Are Trying To Find Out

Signs put in the front yards of some Coronado homes read

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Above: Signs put in the front yards of some Coronado homes read "racism lives here, make America great again."

Some Coronado homeowners who publicly display their support for President Trump are waking up to signs reading, "Racism Lives Here" in their front yards.

"First I heard about it was the social media buzz that was created by folks posting pictures in their front yard and saying in what poor spirit this was when it comes to politics — and I agree," said Coronado city councilman Bill Sandke.

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One homeowner, who did not want to be identified out of concern about more trouble, told KPBS the signs implying they are racist because they support Trump are disgusting and totally untrue. The homeowner did not know who put them there but said Trump flags and Thin Blue Line flags supporting law enforcement are constantly ripped down from their home.

"I certainly don't disagree that having somebody call you a racist is very difficult thing to have happen," Sandke said. "Coronado is a passionate town and when those passions percolate into disagreements between neighbors — that’s problematic."

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The Coronado Police Department is investigating who put the signs up at seven homes. A spokesperson said security camera footage is being reviewed to try to identify the person or persons involved. But the spokesperson also said no crime was committed.

The problem appears to be isolated to Coronado. Across the bay, San Diego police say they have not received any reports of the signs.

Sandke thinks this can be attributed to a hotly contested presidential election that is less than a week away.

"It does not represent a significant threat to the sense that Coronado is," Sandke said. "The kind of community that is loving caring inviting when it comes to folks that want to visit us and that welcome extends to everyone."

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