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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
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February 22, 2024

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Fresno County Supervisorial candidate Dion Bordase escorted out of City Hall by police.

Bourdase took campaign signs with stakes attached to Thursday’s city council meeting.

Code enforcement previously took the signs, saying they were illegally placed.


Police cited a candidate for the Fresno County Board of Supervisors and escorted him out of a Fresno City Council meeting on Thursday morning.

Dion Bourdase attended the meeting carrying 39 of his campaign signs with the metal stakes attached.

Stakes apparently are not allowed in council chambers, as they can be considered a weapon.

Bourdase said he picked up the signs from the code enforcement office at City Hall.

Officers with code enforcement had previously confiscated the signs as they were allegedly placed on public property illegally. Bourdase said that code enforcement also gave him an $800 bill. Bourdase could be heard accusing the city of “selective code enforcement.”

Bourdase, 38, was cited for PC 403, misdemeanor disturbing a public assembly or meeting. He is scheduled to appear in a Fresno County Superior Court room on June 10.

City Cracks Down on Illegal Signs

Earlier this year, City Attorney Andrew Janz, who heads code enforcement, said the city was cracking down on illegal campaign and business signs. Candidates, he said, could pick up their property at City Hall.

City Council President Annalisa Perea called for a five-minute recess before Bourdase’s removal.

City Manager Georgeanne White met with Bourdase, who was sitting in the gallery. He refused to move his signs. After city officials huddled, Fresno police and security officers escorted Bourdase out of the meeting into the lobby. Bourdase protested, telling officers not to touch him or his signs.

Police detained Bourdase, holding his hands behind his back but did not apply handcuffs.

City Manager Georgeanne White, left, talks to Dion Bourdase before he was escorted out of City Hall, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. (GV Wire/David Taub)

After about 15 minutes, police informed Bourdase that he would be cited for the disruption. An officer told Bourdase that if he did not leave the building with the police to complete the citation, he would be handcuffed.

Bourdase is running for the Supervisor District 2 seat, which covers much of north Fresno and parts of Clovis.

Other candidates in the race include incumbent Steve Brandau, Fresno City Councilmember Garry Bredefeld, Fresno County Assessor-Recorder Paul Dictos, and businessman Bryce Herrera.

After he was ejected, Bourdase found a place for his campaign signs — he placed the in front of City Hall.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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