Students coming to Animo Venice Charter High school by bus from areas like Inglewood and South L.A. get off at a stop on Venice Blvd. and walk a half mile north on Lincoln Blvd. to the school campus. One a recent school day, this is what they’d have seen on their way to morning classes.
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.
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.
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…)
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.
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.