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County approves adding Santa Clarita billboard vote to ballot

Posted: July 29, 2014 4:17 p.m.
Updated: July 29, 2014 4:17 p.m.
 

The question of whether to approve a controversial billboard deal between the city of Santa Clarita and Metro will be added to the county ballot for the upcoming general election in November, county supervisors decided Tuesday.

Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to accept a request from the city to put the matter on the ballot for the Nov. 4 election.

The ballot question that will be put to voters concerns an ordinance authorizing a development agreement between the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city of Santa Clarita to give Metro the right to construct three, double-sided digital billboards on city-owned property off Highway 14 and Interstate 5 in exchange for removing 62 billboard structures inside city limits along the Metro right-of-way.

Following a successful drive by those opposed to the deal, Santa Clarita City Council members voted 3-1 on June 24 to put the matter to a vote and seek to consolidate it with the county’s general election.

Some opponents of the billboard deal have criticized putting it on the November ballot, questioning the estimated $208,000 cost and saying the ordinance should have been rescinded outright.

Critics also have said the number of billboards listed for removal is no longer valid, since the City Council later approved an agreement with Edwards Outdoor Advertising to remove 47 of its billboard structures around the city, including 22 in the Metro right-of-way.

Lmoney@signalscv.com
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