February 27, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Planning Commission has passed a series of proposals meant to overhaul the city's billboard laws.
The panel voted 6-3 Thursday to prohibit new digital billboards in most of the city and to place new restrictions on the massive vinyl signs known as supergraphics. The proposed ordinance now goes to the City Council for consideration.
Commissioner Sean Burton, who voted for the new rules, called the decision a major victory for opponents of visual blight.
But other members argued that the proposed ordinance includes too many exceptions, such as allowances for 21 special billboard districts. Billboard companies have used such exceptions to successfully challenge an earlier ban.
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