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Putting a spin on the billboard debate

Posted: March 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.

The Feb. 26 edition of The Signal published an article on the billboard proposal talks (“Billboard proposal talks draw hefty crowd to City Hall”).

After reading the article, I’m nominating Roger Moliere of the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation District for “Spin Doctor of the Year.”

He is quoted as saying, with regard to removing existing billboards, “Many of them do constitute a safety hazard and aesthetically are not pleasing.”

So. Stationery billboards constitute a safety hazard, but digital billboards flashing advertisements do not?
Are we to assume that digital billboards are aesthetically pleasing?

When members of the community expressed concerns that the digital billboards would pose a safety hazard by distracting drivers, as well as cause light pollution, the Metro officials rejected their claims. (Did anyone think they would agree?)

Three members of the Santa Clarita City Council still want to proceed with the proposal.

Is the city so desperate for money that the council is willing to throw local businesses under the bus and compromise the safety of drivers on the Interstate 5 and Highway 14 freeways?

Is this another of those “done deals” where the community members’ concerns and opinions will be ignored?


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