LA Prevails in appeal over unpermitted billboards

The LA Times reports:

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals handed a major victory to the city of Los Angeles on Wednesday in its fight against the proliferation of unpermitted billboards, reversing a federal judge’s ruling that struck down a ban on new supergraphics, billboards and freeway-facing signs.

The panel of three judges found that the City Council did not violate the 1st Amendment right to free speech when it allowed exceptions to its citywide ban. The court also reversed injunctions that blocked the city from seeking the removal of unpermitted signs at nearly 40 locations.

You can read the Ninth Circuit opinion in World Wide Rush, LLC v. City of Los Angeles here.  An interesting website, Ban Billboard Blight, dedicated to opposing these signs can be found here.

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