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April 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser
A judge on Friday gave two outdoor advertising companies three days to pull the plug on 77 digital billboards across Los Angeles, attorneys for the city said. Superior Court Judge Terry Green demanded that dozens of signs operated by Clear Channel Outdoor and CBS Outdoor go dark by 5 p.m. on Monday, representatives of both sides said. The signs had been allowed under a much-criticized deal between the two companies and the City Council. The ruling was hailed by anti-billboard activists, who had argued for years that the digital displays constitute blight and frequently shine in neighbor's homes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A judge on Friday gave two outdoor advertising companies three days to pull the plug on 77 digital billboards across Los Angeles, attorneys for the city said. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry Green demanded that dozens of signs operated by Clear Channel Outdoor and CBS Outdoor go dark by 5 p.m. on Monday, representatives of both sides said. The signs had been allowed under a much-criticized deal between the two companies and the City Council. The ruling was hailed by anti-billboard activists, who have argued for years that the digital displays constitute blight and frequently shine into neighbors' homes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2013 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
With a legal filing and a sidewalk news conference on the Westside, Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich on Thursday called on two major billboard companies to turn off more than 100 digital signs, citing a court order and exhausted appeals. "The courts have spoken," Trutanich told reporters near a Clear Channel Outdoor digital sign at Santa Monica and Sepulveda boulevards. Trutanich said he was seeking court direction on "unwinding" a controversial city agreement that previously permitted some digital signs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser
A judge on Friday gave two outdoor advertising companies three days to pull the plug on 77 digital billboards across Los Angeles, attorneys for the city said. Superior Court Judge Terry Green demanded that dozens of signs operated by Clear Channel Outdoor and CBS Outdoor go dark by 5 p.m. on Monday, representatives of both sides said. The signs had been allowed under a much-criticized deal between the two companies and the City Council. The ruling was hailed by anti-billboard activists, who had argued for years that the digital displays constitute blight and frequently shine in neighbor's homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A judge on Friday gave two outdoor advertising companies three days to pull the plug on 77 digital billboards across Los Angeles, attorneys for the city said. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry Green demanded that dozens of signs operated by Clear Channel Outdoor and CBS Outdoor go dark by 5 p.m. on Monday, representatives of both sides said. The signs had been allowed under a much-criticized deal between the two companies and the City Council. The ruling was hailed by anti-billboard activists, who have argued for years that the digital displays constitute blight and frequently shine into neighbors' homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2012 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
Over the last seven weeks, artist Stephen Glassman asked people to think outside the billboard. Re-imagine them, he urged, as floating bamboo gardens.' More than 1,500 people did just that, donating money to the project dubbed "Urban Air. " By Tuesday afternoon, the entire $100,000 budget and more had been raised via Kickstarter, an online public funding platform. "I feel a real kind of freedom in the world in a more powerful, creative way," Glassman said after learning that the project had met its financial goal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2012 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
Garages buckled, highways collapsed. Swift but violent, the 1994 Northridge earthquake damaged buildings for miles around. But Los Angeles artist Stephen Glassman noticed one type of structure held strong: Billboards. The memory stayed with Glassman over the years. Then he had a thought. Why not entirely re-imagine those everyday pillars of steel? "Urban Air," his latest project, aims to transform billboards into suspended bamboo gardens and create "an open space" in the city skyline.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
An outdoor advertising company fighting to preserve dozens of digital billboards across Los Angeles warned this week that it would seek "substantially" more than $100 million from City Hall if it is ordered to remove any electronic signs targeted in a recent court ruling. In an 11-page letter sent Friday, Clear Channel Outdoor told Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich and Council President Herb Wesson that its digital signs are "valuable assets that the city cannot attempt to take away without paying just compensation.
NEWS
May 30, 1988 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
In the circus spirit that always bubbles just beneath the surface of pre-planned news events like the Reagan-Gorbachev summit, the trials and tribulations of the news media sometimes threaten to drown out the doings of the two most powerful men on Earth. The huge Xerox machine flown in for the U.S. Information Agency exploded. Some Japanese journalists tried to unseat their American colleagues. And a satellite with the hiccups repeatedly disrupted U.S.
WORLD
June 4, 2005 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
It's not easy to market a vast continent of more than 50 nations as a desirable, upbeat sort of place when at any time there might be war breaking out, hunger, people dying of AIDS and malaria, others struggling in poverty, and entrenched government corruption. But African leaders and businessmen meeting here for an economic summit this week took on the challenge of how to promote a positive "brand Africa."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2013 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
With a legal filing and a sidewalk news conference on the Westside, Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich on Thursday called on two major billboard companies to turn off more than 100 digital signs, citing a court order and exhausted appeals. "The courts have spoken," Trutanich told reporters near a Clear Channel Outdoor digital sign at Santa Monica and Sepulveda boulevards. Trutanich said he was seeking court direction on "unwinding" a controversial city agreement that previously permitted some digital signs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
An outdoor advertising company fighting to preserve dozens of digital billboards across Los Angeles warned this week that it would seek "substantially" more than $100 million from City Hall if it is ordered to remove any electronic signs targeted in a recent court ruling. In an 11-page letter sent Friday, Clear Channel Outdoor told Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Atty. Carmen Trutanich and Council President Herb Wesson that its digital signs are "valuable assets that the city cannot attempt to take away without paying just compensation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2012 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
Over the last seven weeks, artist Stephen Glassman asked people to think outside the billboard. Re-imagine them, he urged, as floating bamboo gardens.' More than 1,500 people did just that, donating money to the project dubbed "Urban Air. " By Tuesday afternoon, the entire $100,000 budget and more had been raised via Kickstarter, an online public funding platform. "I feel a real kind of freedom in the world in a more powerful, creative way," Glassman said after learning that the project had met its financial goal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2012 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
Garages buckled, highways collapsed. Swift but violent, the 1994 Northridge earthquake damaged buildings for miles around. But Los Angeles artist Stephen Glassman noticed one type of structure held strong: Billboards. The memory stayed with Glassman over the years. Then he had a thought. Why not entirely re-imagine those everyday pillars of steel? "Urban Air," his latest project, aims to transform billboards into suspended bamboo gardens and create "an open space" in the city skyline.
WORLD
June 4, 2005 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
It's not easy to market a vast continent of more than 50 nations as a desirable, upbeat sort of place when at any time there might be war breaking out, hunger, people dying of AIDS and malaria, others struggling in poverty, and entrenched government corruption. But African leaders and businessmen meeting here for an economic summit this week took on the challenge of how to promote a positive "brand Africa."
NEWS
May 30, 1988 | NIKKI FINKE, Times Staff Writer
In the circus spirit that always bubbles just beneath the surface of pre-planned news events like the Reagan-Gorbachev summit, the trials and tribulations of the news media sometimes threaten to drown out the doings of the two most powerful men on Earth. The huge Xerox machine flown in for the U.S. Information Agency exploded. Some Japanese journalists tried to unseat their American colleagues. And a satellite with the hiccups repeatedly disrupted U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2009 | Maeve Reston
A judge has formally invalidated a 2006 settlement between the city of Los Angeles and two companies, CBS Outdoor and Clear Channel Outdoor, that granted them special rights to convert as many as 840 billboards to digital format, among other changes. The settlement was negotiated by former City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo after the two companies sued the city over its billboard regulations. Another billboard company, Summit Media, challenged the settlement last year, arguing that it was illegal because the city allowed the companies to make sign changes barred under city law. In a written ruling this week, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry A. Green said he agreed with Summit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2013 | By David Zahniser
A judge has invalidated permits for another 19 digital billboards in Los Angeles, adding them to dozens that were struck down last week, a lawyer with City Atty. Carmen Trutanich said. The ruling, issued Tuesday by Superior Court Judge Terry Green, brings the total number of electronic sign permits that have been revoked to 99, said special assistant city attorney Jane Usher. Of the 99 signs, not all had completed the conversion to digital formats, she said. Green allowed just two electronic signs to keep operating, both in the San Fernando Valley -- one on Ventura Boulevard in Encino and the other on Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Woodland Hills.
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