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Billboard Confidential - Part 1

Los Angeles is ground zero for the $7 billion billboard industry, an industry some critics call more powerful than the NRA. Despite a 20002 ban on new billboards, the city council has continuously carved out exceptions to that ordinance, allowing for thousands of billboards to blanket the city. In the first part of our two-month investigation, we look at the politics and at what some call the “sweetheart deals” that have brought billboards to virtually every neighborhood in the city.

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