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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2001
People detest the billboards hulking over their streets. The City of Los Angeles gets no ongoing revenue from the unsightly signs. Zero. All it gets is a pathetically modest one-time permit fee. So why is the City Council bent on letting even more of them go up in ever more intrusive places? The answer is politics, as usual. Loophole-ridden state and local ethics laws have allowed the billboard industry to become the 800-pound gorilla crashing about town, doing pretty much as it pleases.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With new city regulations pending, billboard companies have launched dueling campaigns throughout the east San Fernando Valley to sway voters in the Dec. 11 election for the Los Angeles City Council's 2nd District seat. Just months after Regency Outdoor Advertising launched a controversial campaign that helped elect Rocky Delgadillo city attorney, the firm has put up billboards touting the council candidacy of Assemblyman Tony Cardenas (D-Sylmar).
OPINION
October 30, 2009
For-profit medical marijuana dispensers beware: The city of Los Angeles is focusing its finest legal and political minds on putting you out of business. And if you want to see what happens when you run afoul of this crack team of nuisance abaters, just look at the fate of those trying to put up illegal billboards all over town. Oops, bad example. L.A. has been trying for years to limit billboards, only to violate its own ordinance by carving out exceptions and see its ban overturned in court.
OPINION
May 4, 2009
The Times endorsed Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich as the best of five candidates for Los Angeles city attorney in the March election, and we back him in the May 19 runoff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2008 | Phil Willon, Times Staff Writer
Hoping to stem the proliferation of bright, digital billboards and untangle legal challenges to city restrictions on outdoor advertising, the Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday recommended a one-year moratorium on companies converting their traditional signs into electronic displays.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Two prominent billboard companies have agreed to take down almost 100 billboards across the city under a tentative lawsuit settlement announced to the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday. Although the settlement has not yet been finalized, its terms are expected to remain in place. That would represent a small but significant step in Los Angeles' years-long battle against billboards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2013 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Shortly after Carmen Trutanich took office as Los Angeles city attorney in 2009, he caused a big splash by taking on illegal billboards. And he's highlighted his crusade against unpermitted signs as he faces a tough reelection battle. So what's with the splashy Trutanich election banner splayed across a building along a busy stretch of freeway? The colorful sign, visible to drivers on southbound Interstate 5 near the Glendale Boulevard exit in northeast Los Angeles, features a picture of Trutanich, his campaign's website address and a message urging his reelection.
OPINION
January 26, 2009
Los Angeles city officials may be too witless to notice illegal billboards, or too scared to challenge the people who put them up, or too distracted by the promises of funding for pet projects to say no to requests for exceptions to city signage laws, or too inept to defend the urban environment in court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
On a sunny morning when many Angelenos flocked to parks and beaches, Judy Riha hit a busy, noisy commercial stretch of La Cienega Boulevard on a hunt for illegal billboards. She stopped every few feet Saturday -- nine times within a two-block stretch -- to count and take note of ads large and small selling cigarettes, energy drinks, movies and retirement plans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2011 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
When does hand-delivering a check for $2 million for a worthy cause land you in hot water? For Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, who is raising money for a possible run for district attorney, it was when he proposed using that hefty sum for a program that would help one of his political allies. The money had come from a legal settlement won by city lawyers against an outdoor advertising company. Under state law, half of the settlement must be given to the county for consumer protection enforcement and, in the past, the county has doled out those funds to the district attorney's office — the office Trutanich may seek in next year's election.
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