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 LA'S UPSET NEIGHBORHOODS

People are Pissed! Can a Revolution be Far Behind

Dick Platkin and George Abrahams
LA IN MOTION-Throughout LA’s vast 500 square miles are many self-identified neighborhoods. Ninety-six of them have formed official Certified Neighborhood Councils (CNCs), as established by the Los Angeles City Charter. But, the real number of neighborhood groups is much larger, and they reflect tremendous differences in concerns, demographics,…

Exposed: Guess Who’s Leading the LAUSD Witch Hunt Against Teachers

Leonard Isenberg
CONSIDER THIS-How is it that the LAUSD's go-to outside law firm Sedgwick L.L.P. (that was embroiled in the Miramonte scandal and sanctioned for covering up evidence) is running teacher investigations, teacher jail, and the current witch hunt against nationally acclaimed teacher Rafe Esquith? As CityWatch has previously reported, LAUSD's latest…

DWP Ratepayers Facing Billions of $$$ in ‘Taxes’ Over the Next Five Years

Jack Humphreville
LA WATCHDOG-Over the next five years, the Ratepayers of our Department of Water and Power will be hit up for over $3.7 billion in taxes by City Hall as a result of the combined 20% levy on the power portion of our DWP bimonthly bill. And this does not include the billion dollar-plus price tag associated with the IBEW Labor Premium and its overly…

Politics: Let's Say Goodbye to the Snark

Ken Alpern
POLITICS FOR GROWN-UPS--It's been so long since the terms "liberal" and "conservative" were considered decent and honorable that probably most readers don't even know that they once were perfectly fine labels to bear with pride and respect. Ditto with respect to "Democrat" or "Republican". Yet after not one but two presidential eras where the…

Gang Wars: Don’t Just Send Cops to South LA

Ken Stone
URBAN PERSPECTIVE--With stepped-up police patrols continuing in South Los Angeles, community groups and clergy called on city and county officials Friday to bolster resources for gang-intervention programs and services for at-risk youth and adults. Twitter meme about Los Angeles gang violence.The groups spoke out in response to a wave of violence…

They Love Us This Much

Rick Risemberg
LA’S NEIGHBORHOODS--Yes, the photo is of a hole. Specifically, an incipient sinkhole on Hauser Boulevard where it runs through Park La Brea. It is about eight inches deep. It has been guarded for over a year by its faithful traffic cone. A companion pit behind it suffered the usual indignity of a half-baked cold-patch repair, and is now itself…

Latinos: More Concerned about the Environment than Average Americans

Fred Mariscal
LATINO PERSPECTIVE-Yes it’s true, according to recent polls, Americans of Latino descent are more worried about the quality of our air, water and the alarming effects of climate change already impacting our country, than the average American. Anyone who says that Latinos are only concerned with immigration doesn’t understand the complexity of…

Hey, Councilman Koretz … Westwood is for Bikes Too!

Joel Epstein
DEAR PAUL--LA City Councilman Paul Koretz that is. Say it ain't so! How sobering to read in the LA Times and The Daily Bruin that you now not only oppose bike lanes on Westwood Blvd but also want to strike the planned lanes from the City's Mobility Plan. Such a move would be totally unprecedented and would reverse nearly a decade of bicycle…

Could Molly Knight Be Vin Scully’s Successor?

Tony Castro
TONY CASTRO’S LA-For almost four decades, my summers have been passed listening to Vin Scully religiously, bemoaning the cutback in his announcing schedule and, I suppose, unconsciously preparing myself for that day when Vinny calls it a career. I am also one of those baseball fans who wears headphones and listens to Scully call a game on the…

 

Reynolds Rap Video: Korea Was Made in China.





Art or Ad? LA’s mural law written in gray ink

Escape the Room-Conan goes for the record … and the laffs


LADWP Rates Overview

 

 

  

 

 

 

LA Coughing Up $2.1 Million to Settle 12-Year Old Billboard Lawsuit

BILLBOARD WATCH - Regency Outdoor, a West Hollywood billboard company that sued the city after being denied permits to put up new billboards in 1999, has agreed to drop the long-running federal court suit in exchange for $2.1 million.
The settlement was made with the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), which had refused to allow Regency to put up new billboards in redevelopment zones in the Hollywood and Exposition Park area. Regency had initially sought $10 million in damages, but in 2008 a judge dismissed that claim and awarded the company $14,000 in reimbursement for costs incurred in applying for the permits.

Regency appealed that decision, and in 2010 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided that Regency could pursue its claim for damages.

The CRA is currently in the process of going out of business, as part of the state-mandated dissolution of redevelopment agencies and re-direction of their tax revenues to state and local governments. Ostensibly, the $2.1 million will be paid out of the CRA treasury, rather than the city’s general fund.

The actual cost of the lawsuit could exceed $3 million. According to city records as of March, 2010, the CRA had paid almost $700,000 to outside law firms hired to represent the agency.

The lawsuit is one of several high-profile cases brought by Regency against the city. In 2003, the company won a judgment in federal court forcing the city to allow supergraphic signs along the 10 Freeway and elsewhere. Company lawyers had argued that by allowing murals painted on buildings the city had to also allow commercial advertising. As a direct result of the lawsuit, which threatened to open up the city to an unlimited number of the building-sized vinyl and fabric ads, the city council approved a ban on any new murals.

Regency also sued the city for damages over the planting of palm trees at LAX, claiming that the trees interfered with clear views of several of the company’s billboards. That case went all the way to California Supreme Court, which ruled in 2006 that the city was within its rights to plant and maintain the trees in the public right-of-way.

There were also allegations at the time that Regency had been responsible for the poisoning of some of the trees, but an investigation by then-City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo found no evidence of wrongdoing by the company.

Regency has also been involved in a number of lawsuits this past decade involving other billboard companies. Late last year, a federal court jury found Regency innocent of allegations of bribery of public officials and extortion in a dispute with another billboard company over the granting of sign permits in the city of Lynwood.

But just two weeks ago, a judge ruled that Regency was liable for $2 million in damages in a case involving the Whisky A Go Go nightclub on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood. The lawsuit brought by the club and another billboard company alleged that Regency had refused to remove its two billboards from the roof of the nightclub after its lease expired and the club negotiated a new lease with the other company.

(Dennis Hathaway is the president of the Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight and a contributor to CityWatch. He can be reached at dennis@banbillboardblight.org) –cw

Tags: Dennis Hathaway, billboards, signs, billboard lawsuit, regency, CRA






CityWatch
Vol 10 Issue 12
Pub: Feb 10, 2012

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