‘Mountain View sign man’ arrested for obstructing traffic, claims free speech violation (VIDEO)

Wo'O Ideafarm, dubbed "Mountain View sign man" by the San Jose Mercury News, has recently been arrested for several code violations and threatening public safety. He feels the arrests violate his right to free speech.
Wo'O Ideafarm, the 'Mountain View sign man,' was arrested for obstructing traffic with his giant signs. (Photo: Kelsey Williams)

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On any given day in Mountain View, a man called Wo’O Ideafarm can be found standing by his roughly 5-by-4-by-8 foot box/home that he covers with large signs. Ranging in content from ¬†relatively mild and uplifting to outright offensive, Ideafarm’s goal is to insight conversation, that he says is meant to connect people.

Recently, Ideafarm has been arrested on multiple municipal code violations that could potentially lead to jail time. Officials in Mountain View claim that the problem with Ideafarm is mainly a safety concern, given his tendency to park the doghouse on street corners, in the median, and in the public right of way obstructing traffic and driver visibility. Ideafarm believes the charges are stifling his right to free speech.

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