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    The community has spoken — and it appears they have swayed San Jose leaders. Faced with overwhelming opposition from residents across the city, San Jose leaders are quickly pumping the breaks on a plan that called for allowing about 75 new digital billboards on private properties along the freeways, as well as some smaller signs on private downtown buildings and public land. Councilmember Raul Peralez, who for years has been the most vocal proponent of the plan, on Tuesday called for the city to “completely halt” the proposal and remove it from the city’s list of priorities — a distinction it had been given for the past four years in a row. In a memo released Tuesday afternoon, Peralez said that his original intent behind the proposal was to “generate new revenues and improve the quality of life for some of our poorest neighborhoods who live with the status quo...
    It’s been more than three decades since a new billboard was legally erected in San Jose, and residents want to make sure the city’s decades-long ban against new ones wasn’t for naught. So they’re vigorously pushing back as the city tinkers with its regulations to possibly allow dozens of new digital LED-illuminated signs that residents have long complained are ugly, environmentally unfriendly and potential traffic hazards. When San Jose leaders passed a citywide ban in 1985 to prevent new billboards from going up on both public and private property, then-planning director Gary Schoennauer touted the move, saying it was designed to revitalize the downtown core and represented a “very strong commitment on the part of the City Council to beautify the city.” But billboard industry executives and lobbyists have spent the past half-decade pushing San Jose to overturn the ban, ironically asserting that adding digital signs actually would bring more...
    An eye-grabbing billboard in Los Angeles has a sharp message to those who fled the Big Apple during the COVID-19 pandemic — “New York is Dead. Don’t Come Back.” The massive sign on Sunset Boulevard, which went up Monday, is the work of Williamsburg-based art collective The Locker Room NYC. “We had an idea to say to the New Yorkers who have left that ‘we’re doing OK without you,’” the collective’s founder, Samara Bliss, told The Post on Tuesday. “It’s [also] meant to be a love letter to people who have stayed in New York.” The phrase “New York is Dead” is a nod to the titles of early-pandemic essays about the droves of people leaving the city — including one in The Post that prompted a rebuttal op-ed from Jerry Seinfeld titled “So you think New York is Dead? (It’s Not).” “What Jerry really hit...
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    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The billboard battle on Mount Washington is over. The state Supreme Court rejected the city’s claims that the billboard is illegal. Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Tim Lawson That means Lamar Advertising, the owner of the billboard, will keep the space that has been promoting Iron City Beer. The feud with the city has been going on since 2016. RELATED STORIES: Iron City Beer Sign Goes Up On Mt. Washington American Flag Foundation Takes Over Mt. Washington Billboard City Loses Latest Battle Over Mt. Washington Sprint Sign Sprint Changes Sign Atop Mt. Washington As Legal Battle Continues City Demands Mount Washington Sign Must Go Following Ruling Judge Orders Lamar Advertising To Clean Rust From Back Of Old Bayer Sign Lamar Advertising Tells City They Will Not Be Taking Down Sprint Ad
    COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A new political group is aiming harsh criticism at the leaders of a northeast Mississippi city, but city leaders say the criticism is rooted in a personal dispute that the group's two heads have with the city. A Better Columbus, founded by Leslie Sorrell and her husband, Will Sanders, has been sharply critical of the mayor and city council of Columbus, attacking them on social media and on a billboard that was later removed. The Commercial Dispatch reported the group rented a billboard reading “Mayor and Council. Where’s our money? What are you hiding? Who else is going to jail?” earlier this month, only to see Lamar Outdoor Advertising take the billboard down days later. Sorrell told the newspaper Friday that the decision to pull the billboard was made at Lamar’s Jackson, Mississippi, office. “At first, I was told that the problem was that the disclaimer...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The union which represents Los Angeles Police Department officers has started a billboard campaign to draw attention to the budget cuts and proposed staffing reductions which have been brought on as a result of both the police brutality protests and the coronavirus pandemic. The L.A. Police Protective League announced Thursday that it has installed billboard across the city “demanding a plan from city leaders to keep L.A. safe.” December 2020. (Credit: LAPPL) In July, the L.A. City Council voted to cut the LAPD budget by $150 million for the 2020-21 fiscal year. The cuts followed the George Floyd protests over police brutality which forced cities across the country to reevaluate their policing procedures. The city council also voted unanimously to replace police officers with unarmed crisis response teams for nonviolent emergency calls. Then, in early December, in response to an estimated $600 million budget shortfall caused by...
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Birmingham pastor is waging a billboard campaign against violence in the city. AL.com reports that the Rev. Paul Hollman, pastor at Mount Mariah Missionary Baptist Church, started the billboard campaign with the message “Stop the Killings Birmingham.” The digital billboards are updated every time a homicide is confirmed in the city. As of Wednesday, the number stood at 111. Lamar Advertising donated the billboard space. There are six billboards placed throughout the city. “We want to make people aware of what’s going on because I think a lot of times it’s swept under the rug and people don’t want you to know what’s really happening,’′ Hollman said. “I hope it makes people aware." Hollman told AL.com he came up with the idea following the Sept. 13 shooting death of 71-year-old Javanna Cotton “Midge” Owens, a member of Hollman’s church. “It was just devastating,’′ Hollman said....
    CHICAGO — Six months after an implosion at the old Crawford Coal Plant covered Little Village in dust, activists and environmental groups are drawing attention to the massive distribution center Hilco is building with a new tool — a billboard. The billboard, stationed near the Exchange 55 site at 33rd and Pulaski, shows a little girl in a mask as a diesel truck drive by and reads: “Exchanging coal for diesel doesn’t save her lungs. #Exchange55 #FueraHilco.” As part of a $100 million redevelopment plan Hilco Redevelopment Partners is building a one-million-square-foot distribution center for Target. Activists are concerned the warehouse will bring many more polluting diesel trucks to Little Village, a neighborhood already inundated by truck traffic from nearby industry. The billboard also encourages to sign a petition opposing the warehouse or to text “LVEJO” at 69866 to learn more. Multiple representatives for Hilco could...
    A “get well soon” digital billboard message aimed at President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump was denied in New York City, according to Human Events. Lamar Advertising, the group that manages the billboard, reportedly denied the submission for being a “political ad,” though it was not an endorsement or connected to any campaign, according to Human Events. “Are my children really facing a world where you may not be allowed to pay to have kindhearted messages of prayer and support for an ill American President and First Lady,” said the submission’s designer and founder of pro-Trump organization Magahearts, Stephanie Lien D’Urso. “When did we lose our freedom to act as kind human beings with nothing but good intentions in our hearts?” This cannot be a partisan moment. It must be an American moment. We have to come together as a nation. — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 2, 2020 ...
    (CNN)A Texas law enforcement association erected two billboards this week, warning drivers to enter Austin at their own risk after the city reduced its police department budget."Warning!!! Austin Police Defunded Enter at Your Own Risk" one sign reads. "Limited Support Next 20 Miles" the other sign says. Both were erected by the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) Wednesday.Austin City Council voted in August to slash the police department's budget by $150 million with immediate cuts totaling $21.5 million, according to CNN affiliate KEYE-TV.Texas could freeze property taxes in cities that defund police, governor warnsRead MoreThe funds will be redirected to other departments and social services, KEYE reported."This reckless act, a political stunt by the city council pandering to the radical left, will do nothing but endanger the people of Austin," TMPA said in a statement on its Facebook page.The organization also said it is its responsibility "to stand up for...
    ▶ Watch Video: Cities weigh cutting police budgets amid coronavirus pandemic The Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) has put up two billboards along Interstate 35 entering Austin after the city council voted last month to cut the Austin police budget. One of them reads: “Warning! Austin defunded police. Enter at your own risk!” The second says, “Limited support next 20 miles,” according to the association. TMPA, the largest law enforcement association in Texas, said on Facebook it released the billboards – which include the hashtag #BacktheBlue – “to raise public awareness that Austin is a defunded city.” Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick backed the campaign, calling them “great new billboards” in a tweet on Wednesday, while Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted about them with the hashtag #TexasBacksTheBlue. Abbott has called on every Texan and candidate for public office to sign a pledge against defunding the state’s police departments and post it...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Prankster Steve-O apparently taped himself to a billboard in Hollywood Thursday. Steve-O posted a selfie on Instagram, showing several layers of what appears to be black tape covering his body from his armpits to his thighs. View this post on Instagram I’m attached to a billboard right now (swipe to see the whole thing) and want to emphasize that a team of real professionals rigged everything safely. There is zero chance of me falling, and it’s important to me that we not waste any valuable city resources on this. I’m happy to just hang out, and really want the world to know about this project I worked so hard on. It’s called Gnarly and, If you’re over 18, check it out at steveo.com! Thanks! A post shared by Steve-O (@steveo) on Aug 13, 2020 at 8:48am PDT “There is zero chance of me...
    New and bigger billboards in San Jose? Really? Well, that’s what the City Council is proposing by gutting the 1985 ban on new billboards. The city Planning Department explains that by allowing new, large, digital billboards, four times as many “old” existing billboards will be removed. Plus, they say new billboards will be “vibrant quality signs.” Is that a deal you can’t refuse? Planners think so, asserting billboards will “facilitate economic development” and are “an … aesthetic asset” that will be responsible for a “vibrant urban landscape.” City Councilman Raul Peralez and other City Council members agree, declaring billboards to be, of all things, “progressive.” Judge for yourself, for as many as 90 new digital billboards are on their way by order of the City Council unless citizens just say no. If not impeded by the findings of an environmental impact report, expected soon, those electronic behemoths will be accompanied...
    In its latest step toward dismantling a decades-long ban on new billboards, San Jose will consider allowing up to 90 new digital billboards on private property as well as some smaller signs on public land — a move that could considerably alter views from the city’s freeways. The city’s Planning Department is holding a virtual meeting Monday night to seek public input on an environmental report that will consider the impact of a handful of proposed amendments to the city’s sign ordinance. If the changes are accepted by the council later this year, the amendments could drastically change how the city deals with billboards going forward and the aesthetics of driving in San Jose. Since 1972, San Jose has prohibited the construction of new billboards on city-owned land, and in 1985, leaders passed a citywide ban on new billboards both on public and private land. Proponents of the ban have...
    A group of citizens in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has purchased ad space on billboards in the city to show their support for the men and women in blue, in an effort to push back against the attacks on the law enforcement community amid nationwide anti-police protests. What are the details?The Argus Leader reported the campaign was launched by Kirby Proehl, who decided to buy two billboards at the beginning of the effort. But when word got out, money started pouring in. "What compels me, and so many others working with me, is to say thank you to the overwhelming amount of ethical law enforcement out there, at a time when they need to hear it most," Proehl told the newspaper. "Police have a very difficult job. In the current environment, they have nearly an impossible job. "So, let's offer some humanity when it seems to be in limited...
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