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Billboard Ban Passed, but What About Digital Taxi 'Billboards'?

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Along with a moratorium on foreclosure-related evictions, the LA City Council yesterday also passed a three-month moratorium banning any new signs (billboards, supergraphics and the conversation to digital billboards) for three months while the City Attorney and Planning Department draft permanent changes to the City’s sign ordinance to better regulate advertising in the City.

It's been a long battle just to get to this point--since 2002--and it's definitely not over yet.

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"We can be sure that lobbyists for the sign companies and development interests that want revenue from new billboards as part of their projects will be getting their point of view heard," warned Dennis Hathaway of the Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight in an e-mail statement. "So we must make sure that the public's point of view gets equal time, so that we stop the proliferation of signs that threatens to turn our city's visual landscape in one vast sea of advertising."