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City in Contempt Over Illegally Enforcing 'Illegal' Supergraphics

An example of a supergraphic | Photo by aharvey2k via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
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At a hearing yesterday, U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins found the city in contempt for enforcing a supergraphic moratorium on World Wide Rush, the one company allowed to hang supergraphics in specific locations under an injunction. "Collins chastised the city for refusing to allow World Wide Rush to even apply for permits and then citing the company for not having them, specifically referring to two locations, one in Westwood and the other near the Miracle Mile," the LA Times reported. However, the city did have some wins. "The court is left with only one logical conclusion: all supergraphic signs that cover windows pose a fire and life safety hazard," Collins said. And Michael McNeilly of SkyTag (he puts up those big Statue of LIberty signs all over the city) was busted for saying he had 118 supergraphics erected before the moratorium went into effect last December, but really only had 33 up with other buildings donned in a regular or smaller sized poster (funny photo here). The remaining sites will be banned under the tentative ruling, which should be final later this week.

Tomorrow morning, the City Planning Commission will vote on a newly proposed sign ordinance (details below the jump) and today, AB 109, which would put a two year moratorium on new or converted digital billboards statewide, will be heard in Assembly Judiciary Committee at the State Capitol. Assemblyman Mike Feuer, the legislation's author and Kevin Fry, executive director of Scenic America, will testify on the bill's hearing.