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After becoming "roadkill" to lawsuits over the past seven years, Los Angeles finally got the upper hand in battling billboard blight (we have thousands of illegal ones) when the 9th Circuit Court yesterday sided with Los Angeles against a billboard company.

Michael Woo, a former L.A. city councilman: "The 9th Circuit ruling and the billboard moratorium provide an opportunity to have a public discussion about the kind of urban environment we want and how to achieve it. They raise a broader question, not aired often enough in this city, about how to protect the public interest from private interests maximizing their economic gain."

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The cityscape is public property -- just like access to a street, or a building such as City Hall, or the airwaves. It's time for Los Angeles to ask: Just because there is a willing seller and a willing buyer, is the sale itself good for the public interest?"

Patt Morrison: "Now, at least, the city has some borrowed muscle. It can point to the 9th Circuit and say, "I'm with them," every time it goes out now to enforce its own rules and start taking down some of these obnoxious signs, and writing up their owners. [You ARE going to go enforce the rules, aren't you, City Hall?]