CASTRO VALLEY -- Residents of a San Francisco Bay area suburb are speaking up to support a 1950's-style sign that county planners ordered removed from a new hamburger restaurant.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday (http://bit.ly/10KRmbW ) that the owners of Boulevard Burger complied with the order last week because the planners said a portion of the three-foot-tall sign improperly reached above the restaurant's roofline.

Steve Ontiveros owns a business up the street from the burger joint. He says the sign enlivened Castro Valley Boulevard during the few weeks it was up and that Alameda County officials should have consulted local residents before ordering its removal.

The Chronicle says signage controversies are a recurring theme in Castro Valley, population 61,000. In 1997, the county was forced to take down a $106,000 welcome sculpture it had paid an artist to install at the community's entrance.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com