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Mobile Billboard Ban Moves Forward in State Assembly

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A mobile billboard on Fulton Avenue in Sherman Oaks | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist

A mobile billboard on Fulton Avenue in Sherman Oaks | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist
A state assembly bill seeking to ban mobile billboards on county and city streets where no local laws address them was approved in a committee this morning. AB 2756, authored by two Democrat Los Angeles assemblymembers, is in response to numerous community complaints about these advertisement, which many contend blight city streets, take up parking and endanger residents.

“I’m tired of seeing those unsightly billboards on unhitched trailers all over our neighborhoods, and I know many others are sick of them too," said San Fernando Valley Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield. "Literally hundreds of people in our community have complained to me about these eyesores. It’s time to get rid of them once and for all."

Assemblymember Mike Feuer added that "these signs are a distracting safety hazard for drivers, a source of blight in neighborhoods, and a drain on scarce parking spaces intended for business patrons. They should be prohibited unless a city or county affirmatively wants to allow them."

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The legislation passed out of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee today on a vote of 12 to 3. It next goes to the Assembly Transportation Committee on April 19. If approved there, it will go to the floor for a full Assembly vote.

The Los Angeles City Council recently approved creating a mobile billboard ban based on West Hollywood's court-tested prohibition.