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Take Action! Urge the Governor to Sign Anti-Mobile Billboard Law

On March 30, Councilmember Paul Krekorian introduced a motion, with the councilmember from district two, to ban trailer-based mobile billboards throughout Los Angeles. These increasingly common annoyances are unsightly, take up much-needed parking and can even endanger public safety.

Call the Governor and tell him to sign AB 2756

Now, state legislation authored by Assemblymembers Bob Blumenfield and Mike Feuer would assist cities throughout California in eliminating this mobile blight. Their legislation, Assembly Bill 2756, passed the State Legislature and is on the Governor’s desk.

It is important for all of us to let the governor know how we feel about mobile billboards. Please call Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today at (916) 445-2841 and kindly urge him to sign AB 2756. You can also email him by clicking here.

Councilmember Krekorian personally took the opportunity to tell the Governor about why this issue is so important and our efforts to curb mobile billboards.

In his letter, Councilmember Krekorian said, in part:

“In the San Fernando Valley, mobile billboards have exploded in popularity recently, to the great annoyance of outraged residents and business owners. We have seen many of these pesky trailers blown over into traffic lanes, endangering drivers. Business owners have complained that they take up valuable parking spaces. Cyclists have reported that they cut down on bike lanes, forcing riders to veer dangerously into traffic.

Governor, we need your help.”

To read the rest of his letter, see below…

The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of the State of California
State Capitol
Sacramento, California 95814

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger:

I am writing to urge you to sign AB 2756 into law.

Much of Los Angeles, and especially the San Fernando Valley, has been besieged by a proliferation of mobile billboards. These signs are an unsightly blight and a drain on usable parking spaces, and they often constitute a public safety hazard.

Earlier this year, I took action to eliminate mobile billboards in Los Angeles when I introduced a motion in the City Council, co-authored by Councilmember Dennis Zine, to ban unhitched trailers that display advertising. The effectiveness and enforceability of that citywide ordinance will be significantly enhanced by AB 2756, authored by Assemblymembers Bob Blumenfield and Mike Feuer, which would clarify that Los Angeles and other cities have the power we so desperately need to eliminate mobile billboards.

In the San Fernando Valley, mobile billboards have exploded in popularity recently, to the great annoyance of outraged residents and business owners. We have seen many of these pesky trailers blown over into traffic lanes, endangering drivers. Business owners have complained that they take up valuable parking spaces. Cyclists have reported that they cut down on bike lanes, forcing riders to veer dangerously into traffic.

Governor, we need your help. I urge you to sign AB 2756 and help California residents and business owners declare victory, once and for all, against these offensive and dangerous trailers.

Very truly yours,

PAUL KREKORIAN
Councilmember, Second District

cc: Hon. Bob Blumenfield
Hon. Mike Feuer

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September 17, 2010 - Posted by | mobile billboards | , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. As a cyclist-commuter, I don’t see that many of these trailers – and they don’t pose much of a hazard (to cyclists). The bigger danger is motorists on cel phones or in a hurry, as well as drivers flipping car doors open after parallel parking. Although these signs may be an annoyance, it seems like the councilman should spend his efforts on bringing business into the community and filling so many empty/rundown retail locations,

    Comment by Stuart McDougal | September 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Stuart,
      Thanks for your comment. Councilmember Paul Krekorian, vice-chair of the city’s Jobs and Business Development committee, has actually been a strong advocate for economic development in his first seven months on the council.

      In fact, just last week, for example, he helped introduce a motion that delivers an economic incentive to L.A. businesses experts say could deliver as many as 10,000 jobs to the region. Read more about that here.

      As always, we appreciate your comments.

      Thanks,
      Jeremy Oberstein
      Communications Director
      Office of Councilmember Paul Krekorian

      Comment by Jeremy Oberstein | September 17, 2010 | Reply

      • Well that’s good news Jeremy, just don’t see it in Sunland-Tujunga. But another marijuana retail store just opened – about a block from Paul’s office in Tujunga; that’s the businesses that are moving into town these days – not sure how this gets NC approval. Looking run-down and empty up here, can’t imagine a business moving to Sunland-Tujunga in its current state, and getting worse. Lets hope this economic incentive pill helps, especially in areas that need it most.

        Comment by Stuart McDougal | September 24, 2010

  2. Most of the time, I must put money in the parking meter to be able to park on a city street. These guys are getting free rental space and taking up much needed parking. On Sherman Way/Bellaire they have two of them back-to-back. ON Coldwater Canyon near Saticoy, they have one roped to a city lamp post. They are more than an “annoyance”. They add another distraction to drivers who they intend to read their ads while driving.

    Comment by Bonnie Cox | September 17, 2010 | Reply

  3. Arnold,
    please sign the Anti-mobile billboard bill AB2756 these board are unsightly in our neighborhood and make it hard to see if a car is exiting a driveway or left turn fron neighboting streets, there is more and more parked on Sepulved Blvd, Pico,National blvd so you need to clear up the clutter and make it go away
    Rxie

    Comment by Roxie | September 19, 2010 | Reply


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