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Billboard foes fear a betrayal by L.A. Councilman Huizar

Billboard foes fear a betrayal by L.A. Councilman Huizar

When Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar ran for reelection this year, he positioned himself as someone who would stand up to the powerful billboard industry, which has sued the city repeatedly for the right to install more signs. Facing a challenge from veteran Eastside politician Gloria Molina, Huizar said he opposed amnesty for hundreds of unpermitted billboards. And he talked up his work in drafting an ordinance that would reduce by 90% the number of locations where new billboards could go, limiting them to special "sign districts," such as Hollywood or parts of downtown. Huizar easily won his race. But two weeks ago, a council committee that he heads sent proposals...

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