Billboard blight and clutter long ago reached unbearable levels for many in the City. But the billboard companies and their lobbyists aren’t done yet. It was recently revealed that lobbyists drafted a City Council motion that would undermine the community’s victory in the fight against digital billboards. Recent attempts have been made to place large advertising signs in our parks and recreation facilities. It’s time to let the City of Los Angeles know that enough is enough! The lobbyists have been writing our billboard laws for too long. Please donate to the Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight to help continue our work, which includes:
- Monitoring applications for sign districts, sign programs, and projects that include signage and billboards.
- Responding to environmental documents prepared for planned projects that include billboards and other signage, such as NBC/Universal, LAX, Farmer’s Field/Convention Center, and Wilshire Grand.
- Informing community groups, neighborhood councils, and members of the public about billboard and signage legislation
- Sending Action Alerts to mobilize public opinion and organizing testimony and public meetings and hearings on billboard and signage legislation.
- Documenting violations of billboard and sign regulations and pushing city agencies for enforcement action.
- Providing media interviews to keep billboard issues in the public eye.
- Meeting with City Council members, the mayor’s office, and other elected and appointed officials on billboard and signage issues
- Taking legal action when necessary to uphold laws and regulations.
Help us protect the visual environment of Los Angeles! Donate to the Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight
The battle is daunting, but we’ve had some important successes that include:
- Pushing for a moratorium on the digital billboards that appeared in neighborhoods without any public notice or hearings. Our efforts helped lead to the City Council approving that moratorium and then a permanent ban on any more of those signs, which is now being threatened by the billboard industry’s aggressive actions.
- Organizing a citizen’s inventory of billboards in Council District 11, to spotlight the fact that the city had failed to initiate a formal inventory and inspection program that had been approved six years earlier. The Coalition then provided help to people in other council districts who conducted their own surveys, which prompted the city to finally start the long-stalled program. This inventory was just released to the public and is available at the Department of Building and Safety’s website.
- Joining three homeowners’ associations in challenging the permits issued to three digital billboards in the Westwood area on the grounds that they violated neighborhood zoning regulations. After those challenges were upheld by the area planning commission, Clear Channel and CBS Outdoor sued to overturn the decision. The Coalition retained legal counsel to support the city and make the public’s voice heard in the courts.
- Mobilizing public opinion against a proposal to place advertising signs in public parks and recreation facilities. After the Coalition helped organize appearances at meetings and a letter-writing campaign, the Recreation and Parks Commission indefinitely postponed further discussion of the proposal.
- Aiding the City Attorney’s successful crackdown on illegal supergraphics by locating and documenting a large number of those signs.
Your generosity will have a direct impact on our city’s visual environment.