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Thieves target 21 ordinance supporters

IOWA CITY (KWWL) --  Supporters of Iowa City's proposed 21 ordinance say they were victims of a massive yard sign theft over the weekend.  They say an estimated 100-plus yard signs were removed from residences in the east, north and Manville Heights areas of Iowa City.

"This was too widespread to be a couple of homecoming revelers playing a prank," stated 21 Makes Sense Campaign Manager Nick Westergaard. "This was an effort to muffle our support. It's sad that some opponents of the 21 ordinance have resorted to theft."

According to Westergaard, most of the signs were taken during the football game or sometime between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. In most cases the sign was torn off and taken, leaving the supporting wire standing free in the yard.

21 Makes Sense is a community action committee centered around support of City Council Ordinance No. 10-4388, which amended the minimum bar entry age from 19 years of age to the legal drinking age of 21. The ordinance goes into effect after 10:00 PM and only affects bars that generate more than 50% of their business from alcohol sales and cover charges.  A referendum to repeal this ordinance is on the November 2nd ballot.

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