Planning Commission, stand by your billboard rules!

Planning Commission, stand by your billboard rules!

Six years ago the Los Angeles Planning Commission sought to impose reasonable controls on the growing number of billboards lining city streets, cluttering the horizon and, in the case of digital signs, shining into homes. The proposed ordinance would have banned new billboards except in a limited number of designated sign districts, such as downtown near L.A. Live, where new billboards and bright displays would fit the community aesthetic. It was a good plan.

But the proposal stalled at the City Council, waylaid by lawsuits and lobbying by the powerful sign industry. A council committee eventually sent the proposal back to the commission with two controversial requests. First,...