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Atheists United highway cleanup sign vandalized

An Adopt-A-Highway sign for a section of Highway 101 maintained by Atheists United San Luis Obispo was vandalized recently, with a large red “X” written over the organization’s name.
An Adopt-A-Highway sign for a section of Highway 101 maintained by Atheists United San Luis Obispo was vandalized recently, with a large red “X” written over the organization’s name.

An Adopt-A-Highway sign for a section of Highway 101 maintained by Atheists United San Luis Obispo was vandalized recently, with a large red “X” written over the organization’s name.

Board member David Leidner said one of the group’s members noticed the sign, located on southbound Highway 101 just north of the Santa Barbara Road overpass in Atascadero, on Saturday morning. The group reported the incident to Caltrans, which intends to clean the sign or replace it, Leidner said.

“AU/SLO stands for reason, compassion, and tolerance for all people,” the group’s president, Steven Arkowitz, said in a news release. “The highway sign is a symbol of the positive work we are dedicated to performing in our local community.”

Leidner said the nonprofit organization, which represents 400 members in San Luis Obispo County, has maintained a two-mile stretch of the highway since May 2014.

“We do find it’s a wonderful way to contribute to the community,” he said. “We were trying for more than a year to get the sign.”

For more information on Atheists United, visit http://www.AUSLO.org. For more information on the Adopt-A-Highway program, go to http://adopt-a-highway.dot.ca.gov/.

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