SILVER LAKE — A billboard promoting the L.A. Marathon was partially covered up and defaced in time for this morning’s run, apparently in retaliation for the cutting back of nearby trees that were obscuring the sign.
“Outfront Media hacked our trees so you can read this billboard,” was written across the middle section of the sign. An Anarchist symbol was also placed on the sign.
Outfront Media, which owns the billboard atop the Condor restaurant at Sunset Boulevard and Edgecliff Drive, triggered a backlash after it hired a contractor to trim the trees in Sunset Triangle Plaza in December. Under city law, billboard companies can obtain a permit to trim street trees that block or obscure their signs. In this case, however, the contractor failed to receive a permit.
Some residents fear that the trees in the small public green space were so badly “butchered” that they will die, according to the L.A. Weekly. Meanwhile, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell has called it an “act of vandalism” as the City Attorney looks into the matter to see if any laws were violated, says the L.A. Times.
But some residents say that is not enough and have started a petition demanding “Accountability for Tree Vandalism.”
— Giuseppe Ciccarone (@verdepervita) February 14, 2016
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