LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today hailed a landmark California Court of Appeal ruling with statewide implications upholding Los Angeles’ billboard ban and preventing an uncontrolled proliferation of billboards.
"This is a landmark ruling not only for Los Angeles but for the entire state of California," said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. "This ruling heads off what would have been an uncontrolled avalanche of new billboards across Los Angeles."
Lamar Central Outdoor v. City of Los Angeles is a lawsuit challenging the City’s authority to regulate outdoor signs and to establish specific sign districts and limitations on digital billboards. The California Second Appellate District Court upheld the City’s authority to set billboard regulations, a ruling that now has significant implications on billboard regulations across the state. The City’s regulations were supported by the California League of Cities and the Association of Counties.
In 2002, the City of Los Angeles established a permanent ban on new billboard signs including a ban on any alterations of existing legal offsite signs. In 2009, the City explicitly banned offsite signs with digital displays. Lamar Central Outdoor filed the lawsuit challenging the City’s denial of 45 applications to convert existing signs to digital billboards. The Court’s ruling today reverses a lower court ruling.
Assistant City Attorney Terry Kaufmann Macias, Deputy City Attorneys Kenneth Fong and Michael Bostrom represented the City in this case.