Arguments for and against the city of Santa Clarita’s controversial billboard measure are online, giving residents plenty of time to decide whether they want three new electronic billboards next to local freeways or let more than 40 older billboard structures stay up
Santa Clarita officials released a copy of the ballot measure for a controversial deal with Metro and Allvision regarding billboard construction and removal in the Santa Clarita Valley. After months of public outreach by the city in support of the deal, and outcry from residents opposed to the deal, the question facing registered voters at the polls Nov. 4 will read: “Shall Ordinance 14-02 adopting a development agreement with (Metro) for the removal of 62 advertising structures, within the city, by Metro or any other means, and construction and operation of three digital billboards, adjacent to the Interstate 5 and State Route 14 freeways, and the dedication to the city of revenue received from digital billboards, which creates an ongoing revenue stream, be adopted?” Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar was appointed to draft the argument in favor of the measure, which will appear on the ballot.
Santa Clarita city council members voted 3-1 to put their controversial billboard deal with Metro and Allvision on the November ballot Tuesday. The options in front of City Council were the result of a referendum drive by Santa Clarita residents, who, funded by a billboard-lobbying group, set out to fight the deal in May.
Santa Clarita officials will have to decide what the next step is for a controversial billboard deal with Metro and AllVision on Tuesday at the next City Council meeting. Santa Clarita officials approved a plan with Metro and AllVision that would put three large, two-sided electronic signs next to Santa Clarita Valley freeways, in exchange for Metro taking down billboards on Metro-controlled propertythroughout the city. Opponents of the effort, funded in part by a billboard lobbying group that wanted to see an open-bidding process for any new billboard deal, successfully created a referendum that put those plans on hold. For how long is, up to Santa Clarita City Council members Tuesday.
The opposition to a Santa Clarita-Metro deal to bring three large, two-sided electronic billboards next to Interstate 5 and Highway 14 and take down 118 smaller ones throughout the city claims it has what it needed Friday -- a whole lot of signatures. A Facebook post Friday by Citizens Against Billboard Blight read: “WE WON AND HAVE THE NUMBERS.” On Sunday, the group reported in a news release to have 18,000 signatures in support of their referendum, which seeked to halt a billboard deal proposed by Metro. A billboard lobbying group and Santa Clarita residents opposed to the city’s agreement with Metro and subcontractor Allvision -- to create billboards and more than $100 million in advertising revenue next to Interstate 5 and Highway 14 -- began a referendum April 3 to try and stop the deal. The deadline passes Monday, May 5, 30 days after the time the petition was certified by the Santa Clarita City Clerk’s Office.
With a May 5 deadline approaching for a referendum regarding a controversial partnership between Santa Clarita and Metro for electronic billboards, the activity around signature-gathering seems to have intensified. Santa Clarita City Council voted 3-1 back in March to OK a plan bringing three large, two-sided electronic billboards next to the freeway in exchange for taking down 118 billboard faces throughout the city on land for which Metro has a right of way. A group of residents opposed to the plan and a lobbying group decrying the deal and its terms, began a referendum April 3 in an effort to try and stop the proposal before Metro is planned to vote on it in May. A referendum has 30 days to gather signatures, and because May 3 falls on a Saturday, signatures will be accepted until Monday, officials said.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies arrested two men Thursday after several disputes centering around a deal from Metro to bring several electronic billboards to Santa Clarita in exchange for removing 62 older billboards