Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine is opposed to allowing huge electronic billboards on the L.A. convention center, according to an article published today in CityWatch. Zine was absent on Sept. 10 when the council voted 12-1 to allow AEG, the company that owns Staples Center and L.A. Live, to put up more than 50,000 square feet of advertising signage, much of it on the convention center façade that directly faces the intersection of the Santa Monica and Harbor freeways.
According to CityWatch, Zine stated his opposition at a meeting of “Valley Vote” on September 15. Zine, a former policeman, was quoted as saying he believed the billboards would distract drivers and cause traffic accidents. The only councilmember to vote against the deal at the Sept. 10 city council meeting was Bill Rosendahl, who also raised concerns about traffic safety, in addition to asserting that the deal was far too generous to AEG, the corporation headed by multi-billionaire Philip Anschutz.
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