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City Council approves billboard buyout

Posted: March 26, 2014 2:15 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2014 2:15 a.m.

Santa Clarita City Council members voted Tuesday night to approve an agreement that will pay local company Edwards Outdoor Advertising up to $1.3 million to remove 47 of its billboard structures around the city.

Council members voted 4-0 to support the agreement, with Mayor Laurene Weste recusing herself on the item.
Edwards Outdoor Advertising has been in business in the Santa Clarita Valley for decades.

“I want to thank you, council members, for your support of our family,” said Julie Edwards-Sanchez, president of Edwards Outdoor Advertising. “And we are ready to move forward with this deal.”   

Under the terms of the agreement the billboards will be removed on a phased basis.

“The agreement includes a three-year phased removal period of the billboard structures owned by Edwards, whereby 19 boards will be removed in the first year, 15 boards will be removed the second year and the remaining boards will be removed the third year,” read the council agenda item.

Some of the billboards owned by Edwards Outdoor Advertising are located within the right-of-way of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Billboards in that right-of-way were proposed by Metro for removal in exchange for the ability to build three, double-sided digital billboards off Interstate 5 and Highway 14.

City Council members approved that proposal from Metro Tuesday night.

“I want to acknowledge the outpouring of support from our customers and other community members,” Edwards-Sanchez said. “It’s been unbelievable. I want to thank all of them for their words of encouragement and support during this very challenging time for me and my family.”
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