There is probably not a single utility pole, newsrack or bus bench in Silver Lake that has not been slapped with a band or concert poster. While these posters attract attention of music fans, they might also catch the attention of the city, which can impose fines on the illegal signs. Those fines start at $300 for the first poster and $6.25 for each additional poster removed by city workers from a pole, according ABC7. Those fines can quickly add up not only for bands but for the clubs that book them. Jeff Wolfram of The Satellite told ABC7 that he has paid a total of $5,000 in fines in recent years and the amount keeps climbing:
“It makes me angry,” said Jeff Wolfram, owner of The Satellite. Wolfram is bearing the burden of the bands that perform at his venue, even though he warns them not to advertise that way. “I’ve paid every one. I’ve never gotten a band to pay yet,” said Wolfram.
He has stacks of letters from the city – some of them coming to him more than a year later. He said he’s paid about $5,000 in the last couple of years.
“We’re in a recession, so we’re not making a ton of money. We’re struggling to survive every day, and then we just keep getting these letters that keep stacking up. The other day, I think I got six of them in the mail in one day, and it was over a year span of different bands – all in one day,” said Wolfram.
The story notes that it is not only musicians and club owners who run the risk of being fined for violating the city’s illegal poster law. The same fines can be applied to flyers posted for lost animals and garage sales.