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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2008 | Phil Willon
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a three-month moratorium on billboards and super-graphics wrapped around buildings, a pause designed to give the city time to replace its current restrictions on outdoor advertising, which many consider ineffective. The temporary ban comes after years of court challenges and political maneuvering that have undermined existing billboard regulations.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2008 | Phil Willon
The City Council approved an ordinance Friday that will allow the city to inspect and inventory the thousands of billboards in Los Angeles, which officials said will pinpoint illegal signs and be the first step in curtailing their proliferation. The council in 2002 approved a similar inspection program that two of the largest billboard companies in the city, Clear Channel Outdoor and CBS Outdoor, challenged in court in part as an infringement on their 1st Amendment rights. In 2006, they reached a settlement with the city that allowed 840 of their billboards to be upgraded to digital displays.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2008 | Raja Abdulrahim, Abdulrahim is a Times staff writer.
A group that promotes separation of church and state filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Rancho Cucamonga after a billboard on Route 66 that read "Imagine No Religion" was taken down and destroyed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2008 | JOEL RUBIN
City Councilman Bernard C. Parks and the LAPD unveiled a billboard Monday aimed at helping police in their search for a serial killer in South Los Angeles. The killer first surfaced in the late 1980s and then, after a long period of apparent inactivity, resurfaced again in 2002. Except for one male victim, the killer has targeted young black women, killing 11 in all and badly wounding another woman, investigators said. He sexually abused the women and left almost all of their bodies in a corridor along Western Avenue, often in alleys.
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
October 2, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
Responding to anger over a new digital billboard in his district, Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti called Wednesday for new rules limiting outdoor signs from displaying electronic messages in residential neighborhoods. Garcetti proposed the new rules after the advertising company Clear Channel Outdoor last month switched a billboard in the 1700 block of Silver Lake Boulevard to digital images, infuriating his constituents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
In a state that has restricted cellphone use by drivers and appears poised to bar motorists from text messaging, the Schwarzenegger administration is considering a plan that could create a new distraction: advertisements on freeway signs used for Amber Alerts and other emergencies. The money-making scheme, already broached to federal officials who allocate highway funds, would allow businesses to post ads on California's 674 electronic roadside message boards.
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August 12, 2008 | Kate Linthicum
Barack Obama's campaign has launched a rural outreach program in Ohio, one that depends more on raised barns than raised funds. The initiative is called Barns for Obama. No, barns don't vote. But they do offer space for billboards, and many are conveniently located within eyeshot of highways. The campaign has made over the side of one farmer's barn with a massive Obama logo and slogan, and it expects to paint more, according to Obama spokesman Tom Reynolds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2008 | David Zahniser
Six members of the Los Angeles City Council called Tuesday for the city's billboard ban to be strengthened so that it can withstand legal challenges and allow inspectors to crack down on illegal signs. Councilman Jack Weiss, who drafted the motion, said he is determined to rewrite the city's 2002 billboard ban in a way that eliminates blight and stands up in court. Last month, a judge issued a temporary injunction blocking the city's inspectors from cracking down on what were described as 34 illegal "supergraphics" -- advertising stretched across vinyl.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2008 | David Zahniser, Times Staff Writer
A key committee of the Los Angeles City Council moved ahead Tuesday with a plan to place a digital billboard on land owned by a labor union along the 110 Freeway with some of the proceeds going to nearby schools. Councilman Ed Reyes, chairman of the council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee, called for a portion of the new sign's revenue to go to the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, a nearby high school, and possibly other community programs.
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