Friday, October 28, 2016

Billboard company backing Councilman Huizar re-election bid; public to weigh in on Mariachi Plaza development; Eagle Rock hosting school board candidate forum

5 & 110 Freeway Interchange | snapgraphs/Instagram

5 & 110 Freeway Interchange | snapgraphs/Instagram

MOrning Report

  • Lamar Advertising, which is suing the city to  install digital billboards across several Eastside neighborhoods, has placed ads backing the reelection campaign of Councilman José Huizar on more than 100 billboards. L.A. Now
  • Metro is seeking more public comment on a proposed 120,000-square-foot commercial development at the Mariachi Plaza Gold Line Station in Boyle Heights.  KPCC
  • The candidates running the District 5 school board race are scheduled to debate at Eagle Rock High next month.  Eastside Events

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  1. hopalong chastity

    What Lamar Advertising is doing by installing billboards to promote Councilmember Huizar for reelection is so outrageous and repulsive that I am happy about it.
    I am happy because something is needed awaken the public to what is going on with digital billboards in the City of Los Angeles.
    If you enjoy having digital billboards in your neighborhood and if you look forward to the reactivation of the digital billboards that were shut down by city ordinance a few years ago, then you don’t need to do anything.
    If you oppose the reactivation of digital billboards in your neighborhood and if you don’t enjoy the negative impacts on quality of life associated with these digital billboards – then you need to exercise your voice and your vote before it is too late.
    It has been at least 3 months since news reports of a court decision in favor of Lamar Advertising in its lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles and the ordinance which forced them to shut down some of their digital billboards.
    The court is on its way to invalidating the City’s billboard restrictions and Lamar has already announced the locations they intend to erect or reactivate digital billboards, including sites on San Fernando Road in Glassel Park.
    The Lamar lawsuit will result in removing the restrictions on all the digital billboards which had been shut down. The other billboard owners are wasting no time as they get ready to take advantage of the silence which is coming from the voters and from the City Council.
    For example, there is a dormant digital billboard which faces eastbound on Silver Lake Blvd. at the intersection with Effie Street. It rises above the the Satellite at Dreams of L.A. 1717 Silver Lake Blvd and is owned by Clear Channel.
    Clear Channel maintenance and technicians have been working on that billboard. That billboard was supposedly removed by the City billboard ordinance, but it was only turned off. Now Clear Channel is preparing it for reactivation.
    What does L.A. City Councilmember Mitch O’ Farrel have to say about the reactivation of digital billboards in the neighborhoods of his council district?
    Every one of our elected representatives on the Los Angeles City Council has remained silent about the removal of restrictions on the digital billboards coming our way.
    Maybe that is because they look forward to a little extra revenue for the city from taxes on the billboards. Maybe they look forward to the political advantages that accrue to a council incumbent from influence peddling and corruption when restrictions are removed and the excess profits generated by the billboards can flow again..
    Do you remember the previous fight to get our councilmembers to control the unrestrained ambitions of the powerful cash-pumping billboard companies?
    That battle will need to be fought all over again. The billboard companies have rearmed and gone on the attack.
    What you are seeing right now with Lamar Outdoor and their Jose Huizar billboards is nothing less than a coordinated preemptive blitzkreig against the families and children in our neighborhoods to win control of our elected council members away from us and over to them.

  2. The last thing we need is an another community eyesore with the digital billboards!!!! I can be reasonable and understand why the existing billboards are grandfathered in; therefore, I’m good with them!!!

    Another REASON – NOT to vote for Huizar!

    Huizar do you owe favors to Lamar Advertising? How will you vote when the ordinance goes before the City Council?

    LA voters says, “NO – TO BILLBOARDS!!!”

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