Friday, November 20, 2009

LA Law

Last month, we brought you the news out of Los Angeles that a federal judge had issued a temporary order dismissing the challenge of LA's restrictions on digital billboards. We're happy to report that her final ruling reaffirmed this decision.

But that's not all. Earlier this month a Superior Court judge struck down a controversial settlement in 2006 between a prior city attorney and Big Billboard that allowed over 800 traditional billboards to be switched to digital technology. However, the judge tampered the jubilation of scenic advoactes as he declined to void the permits of the 101 digital signs that already have been erected under the settlement agreement; instead, a case by case review of each sign may be required.

So what does the future hold for these digital bad boys? If community advocates have any say, the digitals will come down. Earlier this week, dozens of concerned citizens turned out for a city hearing on a new proposal that would order the Department of Building and Safety to stop issuing any new digital permits and to evaluate whether existing permits should be revoked.

To follow the roller coaster of legal developments, visit Ban Billboard Blight.

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