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City Attorney Orders Billboard Companies to Turn Off Over 100 Digital Signs

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich called on billboard companies CBS and Clear Channel Outdoor today to shut off more than 100 digital signs, citing a court order that determined the permits for them were given out illegally under a 2006 settlement.

Clear Channel Outdoor sent a letter to the city last month threatening to sue if their permits are revoked.

During a news conference held in West Los Angeles today, Trutanich, who is running for re-election, said attempts by the two companies to appeal the now four-year-old court order were rejected by the California Supreme Court last month.

"The courts have spoken," he said.

Trutanich said he would work to include digital signs into the "future of our city" by creating new policies that involve the input of various stakeholders, from the sign companies to people who live near the signs and complain the digital displays are a nuisance.

Mike Feuer, Trutanich's opponent in the city attorney's race, called the 2006 pact with the two billboard companies to turn 100 signs into digital displays"outrageous," but he dismissed the city attorney's news conference today as a "campaign stunt."

According to Feuer, instead of "standing on a street corner trying to save his job," Trutanich should be "rising to this challenge" to defend against the lawsuit threat by Clear Channel.

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