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SPORTS
May 7, 2004 | Mike Penner, Times Staff Writer
It was a diamond within a diamond within a diamond, a 4-inch-by-4-inch swatch of red on a white base on a dirt-brown infield. Smaller than a bag of peanuts, smaller than a box of Cracker Jack, it caused the sport of baseball to sputter and actually concede a possible mistake, which is a kind of superpower Spider-Man no doubt would like to learn. One day after Major League Baseball announced plans to load the bases with advertising for the upcoming movie "Spider-Man 2," the bags are empty again.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2003 | Michael T. Jarvis, Special to The Times
Their words have entered the pop-culture lexicon, and their names are part of the running conversation about the movies. But the faces of screenwriters, even the most famous, have long been eclipsed by those of the actors who bring their lines to life. A new ad campaign by the Writers Guild of America, west, however, reverses the usual order of things.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2003 | Kathleen Flynn, Times Staff Writer
Real-estate advertisements, movie release posters, fliers for garage sales and announcements of lost pets all would lose their space on utility poles and other public property under a crackdown proposed by a Los Angeles city councilman. Councilman Greig Smith said he sees the proliferation of illegal signs as something like "broken windows syndrome," in which small problems lead to larger crimes."It eventually leads to blight," Smith said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A sign company has launched the first independent expenditure campaign in the Los Angeles City Council's 12th District race, providing billboards worth $45,000 to promote the candidacy of Greig Smith. On a leave of absence as chief of staff to Councilman Hal Bernson, Smith is one of six candidates competing in the March 4 election to succeed the incumbent, who is prevented by term limits from seeking reelection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2002 | TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mark Kudler first looked at the Century Freeway viaduct a decade ago and didn't see concrete. He saw gold. To the billboard entrepreneur, each passing car, each pair of eyes was worth money--$15 million total, he figured. Once Kudler went to work, he wasn't the only one who saw a chance to get rich. A billboard lobbyist asked Kudler for $1 million to help get approval from the city of Lynwood. A competitor promised the city as much as $4 million.
NATIONAL
August 3, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Environmentalists and Atlanta area civic leaders wary of sprawl have complained for years about the huge billboards that dot suburban skylines, criticizing them as enormous eyesores. After the collapse of a billboard Thursday in suburban Snellville that killed three workers, the critics say the signs are dangerous too. The mayor of Snellville called an emergency City Council meeting and demanded that six similar billboards nearby be dismantled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday agreed to begin charging billboard companies an annual fee to pay for the inventory and inspection of signs in the city. Starting Oct. 1, billboard owners will be required to pay the city $315 per sign each year in exchange for a certificate, which must be affixed to each billboard. The program is intended to help city inspectors identify illegal signs, estimated at about 4,000 citywide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2002 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday unanimously rejected a billboard company's demand for $15.6 million in compensation for tearing down a dozen billboards on Santa Monica Boulevard on the Westside. The ads, located on publicly owned medians, are to be removed as part of a $69-million plan to turn the main road and Little Santa Monica Boulevard into one wide, tree-lined thoroughfare between Century City and the San Diego Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2002 | GARRETT THEROLF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to temporarily ban new billboards in unincorporated areas. Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, who proposed the emergency moratorium, said she expected to have the board's support for a permanent ban of such "visual blight" within a year for the 2,653 square miles of unincorporated territory, an area more than twice the size of Rhode Island.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2002 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Anatomically Correct Oscar. He's white & male, just like the guys who win!" booms the billboard at the corner of Highland and Melrose avenues. In all modesty, that's not quite correct. The pale, pudgy 10-foot-tall man shown standing on a pedestal is depicted strategically covering himself with his hands by feminists who are using the billboard to protest perceived bias against women in movie directing, producing and editing.
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