Coming Attractions: New Digital Billboards on L.A. City Streets?

Will this digital billboard re-appear?  In this location, or elsewhere?  Photo from 2010.

Will this digital billboard re-appear? In this location, or elsewhere? Photo from 2010.

New digital billboards are going to start popping up along L.A.’s streets and freeways, probably sooner than later. The only questions are exactly where these brightly-lighted signs with rapidly-changing ads will appear, and how many will ultimately brighten the landscape with their shiny sales pitches to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians on those congested thoroughfares.

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Violation? What Violation? Many Altered Billboards Left Off City’s List

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The billboard pictured above on Olympic Blvd. In L.A.’s Koreatown area is 16 feet higher than allowed by its permit, according to city inspection records. However, the sign owned by Outfront Media is nowhere to be found on a list of 391 billboards the city says have been altered in violation of their permits.

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Annals of Inaction: L.A.’s New Sign Ordinance

Sign Ordinance Urgent

People who have followed the twist and turns of the city’s long-running billboard wars may be surprised to learn that the Los Angeles City Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to discuss a new citywide sign ordinance at its meeting on Sept. 24. Why surprised? Because all the way back in 2009 the commission held three lengthy public hearings on that very same ordinance before approving it and sending it on to the City Council.

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On the Way to a Location Near You? L.A. Officials Issue Roadmap for New Digital Billboards

Digital billboard in West L.A. Photo from 2012, before shut off order was issued.

Digital billboard in West L.A. Photo from 2012, before shut off order was issued.

A court order shut down almost all digital billboards in Los Angeles two years ago, but a plan put forward by city officials could render that order moot and result in an untold number of the brightly-lit signs with their rapidly changing messages springing up on commercial streets throughout the city.

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City Attorney: We’re Prepared To Take Action Against Many Illegal Billboards

This double-sided Clear Channel Billboard has permit for only one face.

This double-sided Clear Channel Billboard has a permit for only one face.

An L.A. City Councilman’s proposal to grant “amnesty” to nearly 1,000 unpermitted and illegally altered billboards has hit a potential speed bump in the form of a City Attorney’s opinion that enforcement action can be successfully taken against many of those signs.

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The Season For Giving: Billboard Companies Open Their Pockets For City Council Candidates

Lamar Advertising billboard for L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson

Lamar Advertising billboard for L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson

Los Angeles billboard companies and employees have contributed more than $78,000 to candidates running for six City Council seats in the March 3 primary election, according to the latest City Ethics Commission reports.

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The Dog Ate the Homework: The Rebuttable Presumption and the Argument for Billboard Amnesty

According to city records, there is no permit on file for this Clear Channel billboard

According to city records, there is no permit on file for this Clear Channel billboard

Suppose, for a moment, that you own a house and decide to add on a couple of rooms. You know you’re legally required to get a permit but you figure you won’t get caught so you don’t bother with the hassle and expense of getting plans approved and the work inspected. And you’re lucky, because more than five years go by before you hear a knock on the door and it’s an inspector from the city building department wanting to see your permit.

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Legislation and Jurisprudence: L.A. Billboards 2014

L.A. City Council PLUM committee, from left: Mitchell Englander; Jose Huizar; chairman; Gilbert Cedillo.

L.A. City Council PLUM committee, from left: Mitchell Englander; Jose Huizar; chairman; Gilbert Cedillo.  Digital billboard at 4004 Linclon Blvd., photo taken 2012.

The major developments on the billboard front in 2014 came near the end of the year, with a major court ruling and a move by a city council committee, both of which could have devastating effects on efforts to control billboard blight.  Here’s what happened:   (more…)

Holiday Gift: L.A. Politicians Want More Digital Billboards

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Christmas came early for Clear Channel and other billboard companies when a Los Angeles City Council committee decided Tuesday to press forward with plans that could allow hundreds of new digital billboards throughout the city and grant “amnesty” to more than 1,300 billboards that are either unpermitted or in violation of their permits.

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Big Brother is Watching You–From a Billboard

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Ever since George Orwell’s now-classic novel “1984” was published in 1949, critics and others have speculated about the origin of the “Big Brother” character that keeps a constant eye on inhabitants of Orwell’s fictional country of Oceania. One has suggested that Orwell got the idea from billboard ads for a British correspondence course that featured the business owner’s image and the words, “Let Me Be Your Big Brother.”

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