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City threatens to tear down local "Wall of Food"

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TORREY HIGHLANDS (CBS 8) - The idea was simple: put up a sign asking for canned food donations. The response was great. But the city wants the "Wall of Food" to come down.

One by one, car after car, people are plopping perfectly good cans of food on the side of the road at the intersection of Camino Del Sur and Torrey Sante Fe Road.

"When I saw it I was just inspired. I think it's a nice gesture," motorist Doug Boelter said.

Doug stopped by with his son Jacob to help build a Wall of Food. Scot Dietz came up with the idea.

"We just wanted to do something good," he said.

A handful of friends created the sign last Sunday, and immediately cans of food began to show up. But the concept isn't sitting well with the City of San Diego, who posted a public notice saying the sign was a public safety issue.

"If it's for public safety why didn't they take the sign down? Why did they say its scheduled to be taken down, I mean if its not safe its not safe. Maybe they don't get paid to take signs down, they just get paid to put signs up," Boelter said.

News 8 tried contacting the city officials listed on the public notice, but all we got were voicemails. The issue appears to be the fact the sign covers up the reflectors meant to keep people from driving through the intersection and into a canyon.

Scot Dietz left a voicemail with the city saying he's just trying to doing something good.

"We're not really trying to cause any problems and I understand your concerns with safety and we'll address that, but if you could just at least run through the weekend and see how it goes," Dietz said.

On Friday evening, someone came out to the sign and removed pieces to make way for the reflectors. Scot says they plan on having volunteers out there this weekend to help with canned food drop-offs.

In the end, even with safety issues resolved, the sign is illegal by city standards, as it didn't get approval prior to posting. Scot and his mom Linda hop to do this every year and have created a Facebook page, Twitter account and are creating a website as well.

Meanwhile, according to San Diego municipal code, the city could charge the Dietz family for costs incurred if city workers are assigned to remove the unauthorized sign.

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