The digital billboard battles are ramping up with the City Planning Commission (CPC) now scheduled to hear the Planning Department’s recommended ordinances to implement 86 digital billboards, in the program known as the Metro Transportation Communication Network, at its meeting of September 14.
While the Westside Regional Alliance of Councils and others have requested delay / rescheduling of the CPC hearing to allow Neighborhood Councils, and the public adequate time to review the final staff report (not yet issued), it is very likely that the Sept. 14 meeting will go forward. (Please forward an email to the CPC at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to email@example.com to request rescheduling and delay of the Sept. 14 hearing.)
Meanwhile, it is critical to submit letters to the CPC to oppose the proposed ordinances that would change the municipal code, amend community plans and override local specific plans while enabling the Metro digital billboard plan to move forward. The Planning Department was instructed by the City Council to create a process to implement the program in an effort to work around the City’s 2002 Sign Ordinance and its ban on new billboards outside of contiguous Sign Districts.
Click here to access an ACTION ALERT with links to recently submitted letters from the Coalition for a Beautiful Los Angeles, Citizens for a Better Los Angeles, and Sierra Club California in response to the proposed draft ordinances. Click here to view a copy of the list of links to proposed digital billboard locations and maps by community plan area. Click here to view a copy of the WRAC letter to the CPC.
If you have any questions or would like additional info, please feel free to contact Barbara with the Coalition for a Beautiful Los Angeles at 310 429-8134.