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Mayoral Candidate Forums Sponsored by AIA As you know, the mayor has a great deal of influence in zoning and land use matters through the power to appoint members of the City Planning Commission and Area Planning Commissions, as well as the heads of the Planning Department and other key city agencies. Virtually all significant sign regulations and projects involving signage are influenced by these commissions and individuals, so the views of the mayor are very important to the future of the city's visual environment and the effect of outdoor advertising and other forms of signage on communities and neighborhoods. The L.A. chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA/LA) has helped oppose the predatory practices of the outdoor advertising industry by supporting more stringent regulations on billboards and other forms of signage. Beginning this coming Friday, Feb. 17, the group is sponsoring a series of public forums with candidates for mayor in the 2013 elections. Those forums will offer community leaders and individuals concerned with the saturation of our public spaces with commercial advertising an opportunity to seek the candidates' views on this important issue. Should we allow ads in parks and other public facilities? What about digital signage, on the city convention center and elsewhere? What should be done about digital billboards that were put up without any notice or public hearings? What kind of benefits should communities receive from developers wanting massive amounts of new advertising signage in sign districts? Please take this opportunity to ask these and other questions of the candidates. The currently scheduled forums are as follows:
Friday, February 17 (7pm - 9pm) - Mayoral Candidate Jan Perry
Friday, March 16 (7pm - 9pm) - Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti
For more information, and advance registration, go to the AIA/LA website. Do You Think L.A.'s visual environment is degraded by too much commercial advertising? Sign up for regular news items, website updates, and alerts about actions you can take to bring control of our public visual spaces back to the people, where it belongs. Already on our mailing list? Forward this newsletter to anyone you know who may be interested in the issue. Ban Billboard Blight is a California-registered non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. But maintaining a website, putting out mailings, and preparing materials for meetings and hearings are just some of things we have to spend money on. For details on how you can help by making a donation, go here.
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