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Fake lawn signs with anti-immigrant message turn up in LA

This image from video provided by KTTV Fox 11 shows a fake sign, set up in a street median that is now overgrown and weed-filled thanks to record winter rains, seen on Burton Way in Los Angeles Friday, April 14, 2017. It says, "Landscaping by L.A. City Council, We'd rather spend your taxes on welfare for illegals." City Councilman Paul Koretz condemned the signs on Friday and said they'll be removed. This sign was gone by midday. (KTTV Fox 11 via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fake lawn signs with the city seal and an anti-immigrant message have cropped up on a weedy street median near Beverly Hills.

The signs at Burton Way and Doheny Drive read: “Landscaping by L.A. City Council, We’d rather spend your taxes on welfare for illegals.”

City Councilman Paul Koretz condemned the signs on Friday and said they’ll be removed.

In a statement, Koretz said such messages have been turning up since, in his words: “Donald Trump empowered racists and bigots across the country.”

Koretz adds: “The city of Los Angeles will never give in to these types of people.”

Another official-looking fake sign posted last week in Malibu included the city seal and read: “Official Sanctuary City. ‘Cheap Nannies and Gardeners Make Malibu Great!’ (Boyle Heights Not So Much).”

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