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Westsiders Fighting Digital Billboards Get Rare Win

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City Councilman Paul Koretz showed up to speak on behalf of homeowners at yesterday's meeting; images via BBB

Yesterday the West L.A. Area Planning Commission ruled the city's Building Department had no right to issue permits for three digital billboards on Westwood and Santa Monica Boulevards, one of the first victories for residents fighting the boards. A group of neighborhood homeowners, as well as the Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight, had appealed the approval of the signs, arguing there were no public hearings about billboards, for instance, so homeowners never had a chance to weigh in and say how they felt about glowing advertisements going up outside their windows. More about what the ruling means via BBB blog: "The decision also throws into question the legal status of the other 90-plus digital billboards operating in other parts of West L.A., Hollywood, the midtown area, Venice, and the San Fernando Valley." Whether anyone actually enforces this ruling and forces the billboard companies to take down these three boards remains to be seen (those Fuel signs were also deemed illegal, but it's unclear if they've been removed), so perhaps the West L.A. Area Planning Commission should have just handed a bucket of axes to those Westside homeowners.
· Commission to Clear Channel, CBS Outdoor: Your Digital Billboard Permits Are No Good [BBB]