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Billboards and the need for speed

Posted: February 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 26, 2014 2:00 a.m.

I just read Councilman Bob Kellar’s “Blight of Billboards” in the Feb. 23 Opinion section of The Signal, wherein Mr. Kellar strongly endorses the idea of trading the removal of 118 billboards in the city for the installation of three large electronic billboards along Highway 14 and Interstate 5.

I just want Mr. Kellar to know that I think having the large electronic billboards along the freeways is a marvelous idea.

What could be better for drivers zooming along at 65, 70 and 75 miles an hour than to have something to read!

I think there is a course you can take to learn how to do that. It’s called “Speed Reading 101.”



BrianBaker: Posted: February 26, 2014 7:02 a.m.

Billboards along highways have been an American fixture since there WERE highways, and even earlier, going back to the old Burma Shave ads.

Ever driven to Vegas, Myers?

OldReliable: Posted: February 26, 2014 8:44 a.m.

Right o Brian... glad many billboards will be removed!

michael: Posted: February 26, 2014 9:12 a.m.

The Acura King and others most likely influenced Mr. Kellars decision to vote in favor of the boards. Let's not buy local and not support the use of the billboards. Many businesses continued to use the billboards in town knowing full well that the city and the taxpayers did not like the billboards. Yet, they never missed a chance to look for taxpayer money to support their self interest.
One unsightly billboard at Valencia Blvd is more than enough and it is a quarter the size of those approved last night.

chefgirl358: Posted: February 26, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Michael, who buys local in SCV? I don't know anyone who buys much of anything here to begin with...that's why the only businesses that will come here are Walmart and about 12 different versions of the $.99 store.

Don't most people now buy online to avoid sales tax (ebay!), or in another county or in another city that actually has stores people want to visit? I wouldn't buy a car from the tards who work at the Valencia dealerships if you paid me to!

I don't know about everyone else, but I spend very little money in this community. Either way, I get your point, I'm so ticked about the billboards and our retarded city council people I could scream. I hope they all end up jobless at the very least. The little digital marquis at COC is hideous, not to mention the one on the fwy near MM Pkwy, I cannot believe they sold us out for a bunch of these giant monstrosities. That's what all of those council members who voted for this are too...big stupid sellouts! Except they sold us down the river for what they wanted, just like they did with the library system, back-in parking, bike lanes, roundabouts, the Newhall "revitalization" (ha!), and on and on and on. This council has a pattern and practice of years of horrible choices at OUR expense...figuratively and literally. Just like Ender taking fat campaign contributions to approve the hospital parking structures, all of them that have voted for these things are crooked, corrupt jerks.

lars1: Posted: February 26, 2014 3:12 p.m.

I support Michaels idea. Lets boycott the car dealers. The city tried pulling a fastone getting a Walmart grocery store into the mall. When the public protested, and threatened boycotting the mall, the mall owners dropped their request for a Walmart.

When the car dealers, or anyone else that is advertising on the ugly billboards sees their sales go down, nobody will want to advertise on them.
Even though the city can be bought off, the public eventually decides what is going to happen.

PS, along with chefgirl I have never bough a car here. I always find a better deal somewhere else. I look for cars at the local dealership before I buy, and when they tell me that the money goes to the City, I tell them that I dont support the city.

Please, readers take this idea and go to the car dealers. Tell them that because of the city council decision you wont be buying cars from them.

AlwaysRight: Posted: February 26, 2014 3:46 p.m.

I bought 2 cars in the city. Negotiate in SF Valley then buy here with their best deal. Don't see why my tax dollars should go to Van Nuys or Northridge.

While I agree that we should always find the best deal on whatever the item or service, if there is no price difference, buying local makes good civic sense.

I rather like street lights and pot holes filled. Don't you?

bobforte: Posted: February 26, 2014 5:57 p.m.

Funny thing is, those who are opposed to the new billboards citing they are a traffic hazard cannot come up with any statistics to prove that point.

bbcalvin: Posted: February 27, 2014 11:54 p.m.

chefgirl358- If you spend very little money in this community and every one of your comments is saying how stupid this is and how ugly this is, why do you live here? Honest question, very curious.

OldReliable: Posted: February 27, 2014 9:20 a.m.

It wasn't that long ago that frantic folks were disparaging Newhall's roundabout - turns out that new traffic feature is working beautifully.

chefgirl358: Posted: February 27, 2014 11:18 a.m.


I won't be for long. After 33 years here, we are looking elsewhere. We truly hate it here. For a while we were both anchored here for our jobs, and were still going to move away but commute to SCV because we hate it that much, but no more...our circumstances have changed for the better and we plan to be out of there this year if possible.

dontgetit: Posted: February 27, 2014 11:53 a.m.

See ya later chefgirl358! Hope you leave sooner than later.... haters like you are what is wrong with the city...oh and by the way..impressive and intelligent remark with the use of RETARDS not once but twice in your commentary. Wow....apparently you still live in 1954.
Ignorant is all I can say.

chefgirl358: Posted: February 27, 2014 1:47 p.m.

dontgetit, clearly you really don't get it. First of all, I would NEVER use the word retards to apply to anyone who was actually truly medically, physically, or emotionally challenged. I use that word to apply to people that make poor choices on purpose, but have the capacity to make the right ones.

Second, talk about haters! I didn't attack you personally. I have every right to object to the things about this city that I don't like (and if you read the message boards here, I'm NOT alone). You didn't even ask why I hate it here, if you did you would know that my primary reason for being unhappy here has absolutely nothing to do with the city itself or the people in it. My husband and I hate it here, because it's too freaking hot, I hate the desert, I am not a desert person, and that's pretty much it. I grew up here and lived here for nearly 35 years and I have watched this town grown into something I really dislike. It's gone from being a quiet friendly little town, into a town with a council made up of total poseurs. They insist upon trying to make this town into something that it absolutely is NOT. This is not an upscale community, it's a nice community and it's full of hardworking decent blue collar people. For some reason this council is convinced that our town is somehow made up of westside liberals and I don't even know what else because some of their choices are so far out of left field. We have watched our nice neighborhood turn into a meeting place for dirtbag youths to do drugs and drink, parking on our streets at all hours and hanging out on the paseos. Our neighbors are heroin junkies, truly they actually are. We have one of the worst heroin problems in the nation and yet we have a council that is focused on superfluous things that are costly and unpopular such as roundabouts and large artwork displays, bike lanes INSTEAD of traffic lanes, back-in parking that cost the city $60k to reverse because it was stupid and ineffective, defecting from an outstanding LA County library system for a private company that most people are unhappy with, dumping literally over one hundred million dollars into the fiasco that is the "revitalization of downtown newhall", wasting $2 million dollars on road medians and freeway overpasses replete with sprinklers, trees and water sucking plants all the while telling us to conserve water, posting hideous digital billboards everywhere against public opinion, and completely screwing over every citizen in the valley by throwing us under the bus to pay a small fortune for chloride removal from the Santa Clara River, and you think I'M ignorant...why don't you stick your head back into the sand and go on living in your little happy bubble. In the meantime, I'll be looking for a community that has less of these things happening within it.

bbcalvin: Posted: February 27, 2014 5:35 p.m.

Good luck chefgirl358 on relocating. Finding a different weather climate won't be too hard. I think the issue for you is finding a city that will not get you outraged by its local council. "Politics" exist in every city and while the topics may not necessarily be the same, it will be other issues that you won't agree with.

samed: Posted: February 27, 2014 5:37 p.m.

The election in April is going to make it happen. The people who seem honest and will listen to the people are Ferdman and Gutzeit.
All candidates have stated their opinions here.....

Everyone should hear what they have to say. I dont know why the Signal (as the leading source of news in Santa Clarita) is not doing a better job of releasing candidate information in this important election.

chefgirl358: Posted: February 27, 2014 7:42 p.m.

Thanks bbcalvin. Ignorance is bliss, so in moving to a new town where I don't know the history in depth like I do here, I think we'll be able to just enjoy it for what it is, and I doubt I'll even follow or care what happens politically. It's a lot harder when you see changes happen to anything that you care about or are ingrained with than coming into something you don't know to be any different than it is at this moment.

SCV overall is a good community full of great folks. You can get a lot for your money here and there really are nice things this community has to offer. But people who grow up somewhere either love their town and stay forever or grow to hate it, the whole familiarity breeds contempt sort of thing, and they want to leave. I wish nothing but the best for everyone here. It's just long past time for me to move on in my life to new things.

SingleMomOfOne: Posted: February 28, 2014 9:14 p.m.

I agree with Chef girl and her summation of the way this city has overextended itself in the l
ast 20 odd years and more. There was a time when you could drive to Valencia from Canyon Country on Soledad in less than 5 minutes and not suffer the endless traffic from one end to the next. Too many idiots in cars who most likely got their licenses out of cracker jack boxes and from places where they could not have that "right" as they are not afforded it where they came from, abuse it and drive like complete morons...(ok, call me what you like, you know its the truth, no PC here) Also, the center median work on Golden Valley is a complete joke. The City planners planted started with a few trees that in 20 years will cause tarmac and street buckling problems...does anyone think before putting in oak trees? sure they are small and cute now, but just wait... The continued Misappropriation of funds on many pet projects in this city is not hard to see and hear about...its been occurring for years. Overpopulation and rapid growth in all the wrong ways is rampant...not everyone can work at the still to be constructed Disney lot on Placerita...this city has become a symptom of an even larger problem...yet people bury their head in the sand and continue to deny these issues exist, blame the powers in government and do nothing to stop it...all anyone wants to do is shut themselves away from the hard truths and blame everyone else...drug use is growing unabated and parents stand back and enable...dirt bikes being ridden on residential streets by people struggling for attention...the sheriff cant keep up, so its up to us to police ourselves not become a nation of sniveling, entitled brats...and government wonders why gun ownership is up...

My opinion, and I am entitled to it as is Chef girl...without recrimination...I hope you find your little slice of heaven Chef girl...sounds as if you earned it! --edited.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: February 28, 2014 3:13 p.m.

All of this in the name of "beautifying" San Fernando Rd!!

Now that the billboards are coming down, we can enjoy a better view of the train tracks, the used car lots, fleabag motels and auto repair stations.

cj64: Posted: February 28, 2014 5:28 p.m.

Thank you City Council for getting rid of the billboards,
and replacing them with the huge electronic billboards along the Freeway..
ie "The Look of Las Vegas".

I have purchased 200 box trucks, and will start selling advertising space on the sides of the trucks to local businesses starting in July.
They will only be driven around the City of Santa Clarita on the weekends, from 8am to 5pm. Local commuter/worker traffic will not be effected.

The advertising rates will be comparable to the billboards that you decided to take down. I have decided to pursue this perfectly legal business opportunity after the City COuncil decided that they wanted the look of Las Vegas.

cj64: Posted: February 28, 2014 5:58 p.m.

I am starting with 5 trucks in March.
My competion is

My first customer is Tilted Kilt.

The city permits this type of advertising. Drive by Creekside near the Post Office and see the Smog Vans permanently parked on the street.
The city allows this type of mobile advertising. --edited.

CaptGene: Posted: March 1, 2014 9:33 a.m.

OldReliable: "It wasn't that long ago that frantic folks were disparaging Newhall's roundabout - turns out that new traffic feature is working beautifully"

So what? What was there before worked beautifully as well, there was no need for a change, certainly not a $2,200,000.00 change.

OldReliable: Posted: March 2, 2014 11:04 a.m.

Well, I like that roundabout; I say less traffic signals the better. As with that roundabout, this billboard issue will soon fade away.

I'm gonna tell you how it's gonne be, you're gonna listen... to me, billboards gonna fade away... billboards gonna... fade away.... fade away....

technologist: Posted: March 2, 2014 2:58 p.m.

I'll go with the cover by the Stones, OR.

CaptGene: Posted: March 2, 2014 6:18 p.m.

Yeah, once the city rams it down our throat (like they did with the roundabout) it will fade away. I don't know about you, but I don't like having things shoved down my throat.

OldReliable: Posted: March 3, 2014 6:12 a.m.

Yep, like Obamacare, eh Captain.... now there's an issue to gripe about.

CaptGene: Posted: March 3, 2014 5:21 p.m.

Exactly like Obamacare! The roundabout though, unlike Obamacare, had no opposition from any of those city council members that claim to represent us.

OldReliable: Posted: March 4, 2014 9:57 a.m.

What's wrong with the roundabout?

CaptGene: Posted: March 4, 2014 8:27 p.m.

I've asked repeatedly, but to date have not seen any proof that it was needed. All I keep hearing is how roundabouts are safer than conventional intersections. I didn't realize this was such a dangerous intersection to begin with. Where's the study that proves the need? I'd love to see it.

It cost 2.2 million dollars. There are plenty of better ways for this city to use their portion of the cost (somewhere around 1.5 Million, IIRC) not the least of which would be saving it for something we might really need.

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