|THE CHATSWORTH ROUNDUP | UPDATE |
|September 1, 2010|
The Chatsworth Neighborhood Council has been monitoring a bill designed to rid the streets of unhitched advertising trailers. Here's the latest:
Bill Banning Ad Trailers Goes to
Until September 30 to Sign
A bill allowing cities to ban mobile advertising trailers has
passed the California Legislature and is headed to the governor's desk.
signed, the Los Angeles City Council will be able to pass a motion
regulating the signs within city limits. Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger has until Sept. 30 to act
on the legislation or it will become law without his signature.
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mobile eyesores have
been a threat to our community, blighting our neighborhoods and
creating horrific safety issues. This legislation will finally give us
the local control to ban them once and for all," said Mitch Englander,
chief-of-staff to Councilman Greig Smith.
Neighborhood Council has been working with Smith's office for several
years to get the unhitched trailers banished from local streets. No
unhitched trailer signs were posted on Devonshire Street, but the
trailers continue to be parked on Mason Avenue, Topanga Canyon Boulevard
and many side-streets.
The bill was co-sponsored by state
Assemblymen Bob Blumenfield (D, San Fernando Valley) and Mike Feuer (D,
Bruce Boyer, owner of a mobile
billboard company has parked a trailer outside Blumenfield's Van Nuys
office reading: "Free Valley Streets ... Fire Fascist Bob
Blumenfield." The sign has already attracted at least one parking
"Even if the
legislation is signed into law, we
will file for declaratory relief in Federal Court. The legislation is
perversion of the rights of vehicle owners that it would most likely be
by the courts," Boyer said in an email. "If that failed, Blumenfield did
such a sloppy job
the legislation that we could fire cannons through the loopholes in it," he said.
sign trailers will still be out there, and the pols will have Bruce
as their straw-man. I will not yield to the fascists and surrender my
Oh, and I don't scare well either!" Boyer said.
Several months ago Boyer
parked a trailer beside the Devonshire
Division police station. "I have a license plate. The state of
California says I can operate on any street or highway in the state. I
have every right that everybody else does," Boyer told KABC-TV.
tired of seeing these unsightly billboards on unhitched trailers all
over our neighborhoods. They are nothing more than road spam,"
Blumenfield said. "I know many others are sick of them too. Literally
thousands of people in our community have complained to me about these
eyesores. It's time to get rid of them once and for all," he said.
signs are a distracting safety hazard for drivers, a source of blight
in neighborhoods, and a drain on scarce parking spaces intended for
business patrons. They should be outlawed, and this legislation will
help communities take action
against them," said Feuer.
bill is strongly supported by the City of Los Angeles and the Los
Angeles City Attorney's office, a Blumenfield spokesman said.
To express your opinion on this issue, you can contact the governor at http://gov.ca.gov/.
Choose the Interact tab
for email instructions. Or you can phone his Los Angeles office at (213) 897-0322.
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