Judge Orders Additional 19 Digital Billboards To Go Dark

As we reported last week, Judge Terry Green of the California Supreme Court ordered most of L.A.'s electronic billboards to be shut off by last Monday. On Tuesday, he ruled that an additional 19 signs be turned off by 5 p.m. tomorrow, bringing the total to 99.

Judge Green's decision comes after his 2009 ruling invalidating the digital conversion permits to Clear Channel Outdoor and CBS, permits approved by the L.A. City Council in a 2006 "sweetheart deal" and which council members approved in a rush, said council member and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti last year. According City News Service, the judge's recent rulings have the full support of the City of L.A. "CBS and Clear Channel have begun the process of turning off their billboards in what we hope will be a sign of their commitment to moving forward down a transparent path for authorizing digital billboard permits that give all residents and all companies a fair stake in the process," said City Attorney Carmen Trutanich.

This is latest in our extensive coverage of this issue dating back to 2008.

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