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In a city given over to the automobile, billboards have been a fixture here for decades. Some have even become Los Angeles icons: think of the giant Angelyne ad or the Marlboro Man on the Sunset Strip. But now there’s a new generation of huge illuminated billboards throwing blasts of digital light into homes and neighborhoods. Have these digital signs become a blight on the city? Can the city stop them?

Jim Sterngold guest hosts.

Main Topic Outcry Grows Over LA’s Digital Billboards
Two years ago the Los Angeles city attorney signed a truce with billboard companies in the battle over the spread of their signs. The companies agreed to remove some of their big signs but in return they got permission to put up nearly 900 powerful new digitally illuminated billboards. Some neighborhoods are fighting back against what they call eyesores and safety hazards. City officials have reversed course and now say they want a halt, but can they force the advertising companies to pull them down?

Guests:
Vince Gonzales, KCET (@kcet)
Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles (@MayorOfLA)
Dennis Hathaway, Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight
Katherine Mangu-Ward, Reason magazine (@kmanguward)

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