ALHAMBRA — Construction of a controversial 78-foot sign in a residential neighborhood came to a halt last week after state transportation officials announced that a construction permit for the sign had been issued erroneously.
Residents who live near the proposed sign, at 6th Street and Ramona Road, just south of the San Bernardino Freeway, have been fighting construction of the sign because they say it is a "monstrosity" inappropriate for a residential neighborhood.
In a Jan. 18 letter to Alhambra city officials and operators of Almansor Court Inc., which wants to build the sign, a state transportation official revoked a construction permit and ordered any display at the site be removed. The sign would advertise the Almansor Court restaurant operated by the company in the city. Officials from the company could not be reached for comment.
So far, only two poles for the sign have been installed on the site.
Stan Lancaster, chief of outdoor advertising for the California Department of Transportation, said in the letter that contrary to state regulations, the free-standing sign would not be within 1,000 feet of a commercial or industrial building or activity.