Are Billboards Blightful?
"We need to ban billboard blight in Los Angeles as we strive to make our city greener and more livable!" ~ CBBBThe answer is yes according to the CBBB. The Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight says that Los Angeles City Council unanimously agreed "to settle a lawsuit that would allow hundreds of new or illegal billboards to get permits; allow second billboards on existing structures; and allow high-tech, digital billboards which can display multiple rotating advertisements." While the decision only let one company, Regency Outdoor Advertising, tentative permission to do this, other cases are still pending.
Jack Weiss and Eric Garcetti told LA Times they are not fond of them, but the constant court cases and litigation from billboard companies can choke the city coffers. A settlement may stop the money spending, but is this a case of the city giving up or are they being fiscally conservative with their priorities?
We say people will treat the city the way the city treats the city. So if it looks like crap...
· City Council and Delgadillo bend over for billboards (LAVoice)
· Signs of opposition in billboard deal (LAT)
· For info on CBBB, contact cbbbla (at) verizon (dot) net
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