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News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Billboards, Real Fight Begins

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This information just in from Barbara Broide, president of the Westwood, South of Santa Monica Blvd, Homeowners Association. Denis Hathaway of Venice has been heading this “billboard blight” action.

The threats, from Clear Channel and CBS Outdoor to protect the millions of dollars of revenue that they will lose when these signs are ordered removed, is causing them to wage an all out war against implementation of the Summit decision.

The “Visioning Committee” under the Los Angeles Planning Department is meant to be looking at digital sign regulations. We are doing so with the understanding/belief/conviction that no digital signs should be placed OUTSIDE of any sign districts (and that when in sign districts, they must be subject to regulations established specific to that sign district (but no weaker than a baseline of citywide standards). There is significant political pressure being brought to bear on the planning department. We will have a better idea of what’s happening after the PLUM (Planning, Land Use and Management) Committee meeting on this midi-March.

 

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