During the dog days of summer, a few dried fronds fell off the palm tree in Andrissa Dominguez' front yard.
To some, they might have looked like fodder for a compost heap. To Dominguez, they looked like campaign signs.
The City Council candidate, who lives downtown, set up a work table in the front yard with the same cans of paint — red, yellow, blue and green — that she used to coat the exterior of her house. Then she summoned her ex-husband, two sons and friends and set to work painting "Andrissa 4 HB" on each frond.
To date, Dominguez and her team have painted about 30 of the signs, and several of them now line the front yard of her house. With its bright colors and "Hakuna Matata" inscribed over the window, it's already a tourist attraction on the block, she said — to the point where strangers sometimes pose for pictures in front of it.