Alcohol, Gambling, Fast Food, Guns: How Billboards Harm Disadvantaged Communities

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The Latino community of Boyle Heights just east of downtown Los Angeles has one of the highest poverty rates in the city. People in that community are also exposed to more billboard ads for alcohol and gambling than other, higher-income areas, according to a study by USC researchers.

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by Dennis Hathaway

Billboard Ad for San Fernando Valley Strip Club Draws Community Ire in Bel-Air

Residents of one of L.A.’s most upscale communities are telling a major sign company that a billboard advertising a strip club more than a dozen miles away is unwelcome and should be removed from their neighborhood.

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by Dennis Hathaway

Advertising In Parks: The Public Interest and the Arrogance of Power

Left, Judith Kieffer, executive director of the L.A. Parks Foundation; right, Barry Sanders, president of the Recreation and Parks Commission

Given the opportunity of a TV interview to discuss the propriety of a plan to sell space in L.A. city parks for commercial ads, Barry Sanders, president of the Recreation and Parks Commission, adopted the tone of an authoritarian parent addressing slightly dimwitted children and proceeded to explain why critics—including a city council member and the city attorney’s office– misunderstood almost everything about the plan that first surfaced last fall when the commission voted to allow Warner Bros. to put images from its upcoming “Yogi Bear” movie in three of the city’s most popular parks. (more…)

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by Dennis Hathaway

Strip Club Ad On Westwood Village Billboard Stirs Complaints

Billboard at Weyburn & Gayley Aves. in Westwood Village

Some Westwood residents don’t think a billboard advertising a San Fernando Valley strip club belongs on a Westwood Village street two blocks from the UCLA campus.

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Eyesore of the Week: Brought to You by Lamar Advertising

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Eyesore“Something offensive to view.”–Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

This billboard advertising a Canoga Park Strip Club isn’t in a nearby commercial or industrial area, but next door to a residential neighborhood near L.A.’s Venice Beach, some 25 miles away.   (Lamar recently made news when advertisements for medical marijuana were put on billboards within a block of a high school in Anaheim, although they were moved after complaints were made. )  For more about Lamar Advertising eyesores, see Blighting L.A.’s Poorest Neighborhoods.