Legal Wars: L.A.’s Mobile Billboard Ban Upheld By Court

Mobile billboard parked on L.A. Street

Mobile billboard parked on L.A. Street

The city’s ban on billboards mounted to trailers and parked on city streets was upheld this week by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. A San Fernando Valley company responsible for many of the billboards had sued the city shortly after the 2011 enactment of the ban, claiming that it violated the company’s First Amendment rights.

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Company Files Suit in Federal Court to Overturn L.A.’s Mobile Billboard Ban

Bruce Boyer, of Lone Star Security & Video, next to one of his advertising trailers. (Photo/Daily News)

The San Fernando Valley company whose mobile advertising trailers parked on city streets provoked a flood of citizen complaints over the past several years has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court asking that the city’s ban on the trailers that took effect this year be declared an unconstitutional violation of the company’s free speech rights. (more…)

Some Highlights (and Lowlights) of 2010 in the Local World of Outdoor Advertising

The past year proved to be an eventful one in the ongoing battle against an outdoor advertising industry that would like to turn the city’s public spaces into a brighter, denser, more inescapable gallery of sales pitches for movies, tv shows, fast food, cars, and other products and services.  Here are a few of the more notable events, presented in no particular order:

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Billboard Liberation Front Hits Mobile Sign in L.A.

The Billboard Liberation Front, which has been engaged in the extra-legal “improvement” of billboards for more than 30 years, is taking credit for this alteration to a trailer billboard on a San Fernando Valley street.  A month ago, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill to allow L.A. and other governmental jurisdictions in the state to ban such advertising signs, that have generated a large number of complaints about visual blight, taking up parking places, and posing potential traffic hazards.  For more about the Billboard Liberation Front, click here.

Governor Signs Bill To Allow Mobile Billboard Bans

Mobile billboard parked in residential area of West L.A.

The city of L.A. finally has a tool to fight the growing scourge of mobile billboards taking up parking spaces and creating visual blight on the city’s streets and boulevards.  Yesterday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that gives California cities the power to ban such forms of outdoor advertising.

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Ban on Mobile Billboards Moves Forward

Trailer Billboard Parked on Residential Street

People fed up with the unhitched trailer billboards taking up valuable parking spaces and visually blighting L.A. neighborhoods were given a ray of hope today, when a State Assembly committee approved a bill allowing cities to adopt outright bans on this form of advertising.  The bill must go through a second committee before it moves on the full assembly.  Read press release.

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California Legislators Seek To Ban Mobile Billboards

Trailer billboard parked on Cahuenga Blvd. The business advertised is several miles away.

A bill to ban billboards on trailers and trucks parked on public streets has been introduced in the California State Assembly by two L.A. area legislators.

The bill, AB2756, states, “Not only are mobile billboards a visual blight, but they pose a significant safety hazard when motorists are forced to veer around them into the next lane of traffic. Mobile billboards also reduce available on-street parking and impair the visibility of pedestrians and drivers.”

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