Tacoma Urbanist

Mar. 16, 2011 at 12:06am

How Tacoma Would Be Transformed When it is Inundated With Electronic Billboards

Here is the proposed Electronic Billboard Dispersion map.

Complete coverage of issue by the Central Neighborhood Council.

The Central Neighborhood Council board voted on March 3, 2011, to submit comments to the Tacoma Planning Commission opposing the propose changes in the sign code ordinances, for which a public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, 2011.  That Commission is accepting written comments until 5 pm, Friday, March 25, 2011, by facsimile at (253) 591‐2002 or via e‐mail at planning@cityoftacoma.orgJLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .

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by Erik on 3/16/2011 @ 12:34am
Here is the main Facebook page on the efforts against the electronic billboards:


by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 3/16/2011 @ 8:30am
they're ugly and they're supposed to take them down!!!!

by Jesse on 3/16/2011 @ 9:23am
Can TPU find a reason to cut the power to them?

Or perhaps the city can do it's effing job and win the stare-down legal contest with Clear Channel.

Precedent says the city would win. Clear Channel knows this. Why would the city fold when they know they're being bluffed?

by fredo on 3/16/2011 @ 9:30am
What is the consideration that Tacoma is getting in this settlement? Clear Channel has no legal billboards, no legal billboard faces, and no legal permits for billboards...yet we keep hearing that Clear Channel is offering to give up a small portion of these in return for permission to install the digitals.

At this point the city should assemble some legal strategists, including if need be, a powerful attorney with background in this area to defend the CC lawsuit. Other jurisdictions have won against the sign interests, why can't we?

by Jesse on 3/16/2011 @ 9:35am
Who is the lame attorney on this case anyways? Is it an outside person from a company giving the advise? Kick-backs anyone?

I can't see where they wouldn't fight this. If you know something, please explain because of right now the whole bunch of folks behind this settlement seem like total knuckle-heads....

Besides, once the agreement is granted, won't Clear Channel be able to divide into other LLC's/ Corp's and challenge the cities sponsored monopoly by Clear Channel? What happens when another company comes in and wants to erect billboards? Now THAT would be a bankrupting court fight for the city.

by NineInchNachos on 3/16/2011 @ 9:36am
Do the right thing City Council! Stand up for our 1997 heritage !

by fredo on 3/16/2011 @ 9:46am
Right nachos, the people of Tacoma have already spoken through our City Council in 1997. We said we didn't want billboard advertising in our city and the council allowed a generous phase-out period which has long since expired. The enforcement of the 1997 council action has been horrendous. If I allowed my business license or my corporate certification to lapse for even a single day there would be hell to pay, but the giant Clear Channel isn't called on to account for the 4 year lapse in permits in any way.

Mayor Strickland, awake yet? Any comments Ms. Mayor? "Earth to Strickland...hello?....hello?

by Jesse on 3/16/2011 @ 10:45am
Usually reading TNT comments depresses me. But even people who comment there agree that the billboards must go.


by Jesse on 3/16/2011 @ 10:48am
Hey fredo, I just printed up 200 illegal made up permits to open smoke shops and strip clubs downtown. Want to go into business with me? We could trade these 200 illegal permits for five real ones!!!

OOhhhh... wait... we need to add exclusivity to our deal with the city. We wouldn't want competitors!!!!!

After that, we could divide that company into new entities and sue the city for even more permits and cash!!!! It's the perfect business plan!!!

by NineInchNachos on 3/16/2011 @ 10:55am
now there is a cartoon

by fredo on 3/16/2011 @ 11:00am
jesse, exactly what clear channel is offering. they will give back some invalid and expired "permits" for some new enhanced and "never expiring" permits. And the city of tacoma in return gets...nothing.

and i agree, the tribune readers are coming through strongly against the settlement.

once again mayor strickland and the council are on the wrong side of a public issue. Clear Channel has evidently placed a "cone of silence" over these good people prohibiting them speaking on behalf of us common folk. I ask the feedtacoma commenters again, "is this the sort of Mayor and city council you envisioned for our city?"

by cisserosmiley on 3/16/2011 @ 11:00am
thats a good idea jesse...dt could use some smoke shops and strip clubs...maybe then it would be cool

by cisserosmiley on 3/16/2011 @ 11:18am
tacoma should consider that digital billboards could be part of tacoma's future on a good level. maybe give 25% of the time to local artits - as long as your artwork is formatted properly there should be no problem???
Pixel Size: 400px high x 840px wide
Color-Mode: RGB
File-type: uncompressed .jpg
No bleed is necessary
Avoid white or light-colored backgrounds.

by Erik on 3/16/2011 @ 11:11pm
Great commentary at the Tacoma Planning Commission:

32 of the 33 speakers spoke out against the electronic billbaords.

Tacoma�s planning commission heard an outpouring of criticism of digital billboards Wednesday, but a lawyer told the nine-member citizen body that it risks restarting a costly lawsuit if it doesn�t follow the City Council�s lead.

�I don�t know anybody who would want to live near these things,� said Britton Sukys, who owns a historic town home near the five-point intersection of Sprague, Division and Sixth avenues, where one of the digital billboards could be erected. �The billboard that�s currently there has never bothered me. But we can�t make it worse.�

Sukys was the second of 33 speakers, all but one of whom spoke passionately against digital billboards. The commission is considering changes to city code that would allow the signs in exchange for a reduction in the number of regular ones, which is the heart of a proposed legal settlement between the City of Tacoma and Clear Channel.


by Erik on 3/16/2011 @ 11:22pm
Kevin Freitas live blogs Planning Commissioner Hearing on Billboards:


by L.S.Erhardt on 3/17/2011 @ 1:04am