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City Arrests Building Owner for Erecting Supergraphics Near LAX

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An example of a supergraphic | Photo by troshy via Flickr
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Another supergraphic, another arrest. The L.A. City Attorney's Office on Friday arrested a building owner on 48 misdemeanor charges. 56-year-old Siamak Michael Rahimi, a Santa Monica resident, is accused of violating city law by installing and maintaining supergraphic signs at 9800 South Sepulveda Boulevard, across the street from LAX. Rahimi, along with LAX Enterprises, LP, and Westside Investment Group, was charged with "12 counts of illegally erecting a supergraphic sign; 12 counts of illegally maintaining an off-site sign; 12 counts of obstructing Fire Department emergency ingress and egress from the building and 12 counts for failure to identify the person or entity responsible for installing and maintaining the supergraphic signs," according to the city.

The office building is described as vacant, but because of its proximity to the airport and its location along traffic-impacted Sepulveda Boulevard, Fire Department and Building and Safety issued violations to the defendants who apparently did not respond.

A L.A. County Superior Court judge issued an arrest warrant for Rahimi, who was taken into custody on Friday and remains in jail today. His bail is set at $75,000.