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The billboard petition needs more time

Posted: May 5, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 5, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

We need more time to gather signatures for the referendum to prevent MTA and Allvision from moving forward with the digital/electronic billboards.

Since someone hired thugs — oh, excuse me, “blockers” — to intimidate and harass people to prevent them from signing the petition for the referendum, we have no way of knowing how many people were not able to sign due to this illegal tactic.

The city and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors should extend the signing deadline.

In all the years I’ve lived in the Santa Clarita Valley, this is the first time I know of that outsiders have been hired to block the will of the citizens of our community.

Three members of the City Council made a decision that affects all of us, and will affect us, for the next 50 years if the referendum fails.

Here are other issues that concern me:

1. Why did the city agreed to pay a local billboard company $3.2 million to put them out of business?

2. Has the City Council addressed the situation of the many billboards that have recently sprung up along Bouquet/Railroad/Newhall Avenue, owned by CBS and Clearvision? (Could someone find out when they were erected?)

If the original plan was to remove billboard blight, have these been considered? Can the MTA remove those?

Does anyone have a list of which billboards are scheduled to be removed? I realize we have a number, but I don’t recall seeing which ones will be removed by MTA.

3. Have the local advertisers on billboards not owned by Edwards Outside Advertising been compensated for the removal of their ads? Or are they not part of “the deal?"

Comments

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: May 5, 2014 8:43 a.m.

Well, if the referendum falls short of the needed signatures, this is very good fodder for a pending lawsuit... the next logical step.


Unreal: Posted: May 5, 2014 11:03 a.m.

I personally don't like billboards at all. I am quite happy to have the city council keep buying and removing them and passing ordinances that keep them out if possible. I know this referendum was paid for by the local advertisers who want them, but if am fine with the ones on cars or whatever instead. I did not mind the ones on the bus stops shelters.

I loathe the digital ones even more. They are hideous monsters that would ruin the vistas, and the views from many homes in SCV, look cheap and tacky, distract drivers who are going 65mph or more, and often advertise Casions, Strip clubs, etc. If I have to choose I would stick with the devil I know (the billboards in town).


philellis: Posted: May 5, 2014 11:34 a.m.

@unreal - was the campaign paid for by the advertisers or by the billboard companies?


chefgirl358: Posted: May 5, 2014 7:23 p.m.

Lol, actually it doesn't need more time. The citizens kicked some tail on this one!


timothymyers02: Posted: May 6, 2014 2:07 p.m.

chefgirl358:

I am in favor of the referendum, but it must be acknowledged that 80 to 85% of the signatures were obtained by paid signature gatherers funded by CBS Outdoor and ClearChannel.


lars1: Posted: May 6, 2014 3:45 p.m.

timothymyers02:

don't discredit the people who signed the petition like the dirtbags on our city council.

how much money did allvision give the council candidates weste and mclean?
taking money from a company that wants to steal from santa clarita shows the degenerate nature of these individuals.

the city was claiming that there was "no money" to remove the billboards along soledad and railroad. really!
they had no problem coming up with $1.3 million to pay the owner of the billboard company.
the city had no problem coming up with $600K to pay off the lawsuit over voter rights infringement on the Hispanic voters.
high property taxes, sales taxes, and neglecting the infrastructure has resulted in the city having a lot of "extra" money.
extra money that seems to be spent on "artwork" and downtown newhall parties.


chefgirl358: Posted: May 7, 2014 9:14 a.m.

timmyers, true but they wouldn't have any signatures at all if the citizens that were outraged by this action hadn't signed the petition. I'm thankful for the signature gatherers regardless of why they were there, and I'm really proud of our citizens for stepping up on this and making SURE our voices were heard fairly.



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