Jul. 25, 2011 at 7:05am
And you thought we were done
They're baaaaack... Just in case the City Council and our esteemed Mayor needed any further proof that we owe nothing to Clear Channel, here's some more! Taken just yesterday here along a popular corridor in our City of Destiny.
Stand firm and strongly support the Tacoma Planning Commission's recommendations to have non-conforming billboards (like above) removed and don't allow digital billboards in Tacoma. It's obvious Clear Channel is hurting with the number of non-profit or stagnant ads covering local billboards. We don't need to grant them further ill-gotten profits by allowing them to place digital billboards in our neighborhoods. They and the non-profits they donate too have plenty of alternate options to getting to the word out and we can certainly opt out of the ones that pollute our skies.
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by NineInchNachos on 7/25/2011 @ 8:35am
"David Hamilton - I just heard a rumor from a friend who said the is a buzz coming out of city hall about the vote this week. Word is Campbell is not happy with the planning document put forth and wants to make changes.
by fredo on 7/25/2011 @ 9:04am
|I left a message w/Marsha Moody's receptionist a few weeks ago advising her to have Marsha look at the unfavorable community comments about her billboard advertising on feedtacoma.com. Never heard if she got the message. If anyone sees any new MM advertisements I guess it can be assumed that she either didn't get the message or that she doesn't care.|
by NineInchNachos on 7/25/2011 @ 9:15am
|I emailed her site. She simply doesn't give a fuck.
Meanwhile the volcano billboards have been replaced with Fort Lewis Ranger billboards (one on backside of it's greek to me) a super offensive tagline too: "recession proof - advertising to the military" or something. BOYCOTT THE RANGER!
by cisserosmiley on 7/25/2011 @ 9:59am
|the board across from my place had a not for profit vert put on it 2 weeks ago (which i have never seen on that board), but a couple days ago it was changed back to a bank vert???|
by fredo on 7/25/2011 @ 10:06am
|those non-profit ads are referred to in the advertising industry as PSA's. Of course Clear Channel doesn't give a hoot if any of those non profits succeed or not.
The PSAs exist for 2 purposes. Purpose 1 is so that unsold space can be filled with something and not fall into disuse which might violate a local ordinance (that's the case in Tacoma). Purpose 2 is to provide a healthy number of non profit officials to testify on Clear Channels behalf at city council meetings. This just happened last week.
I doubt if any extra people have visited the National Parks because there is a National Park PSA on top of the Radio Shack at N. 26th & Proctor, but who knows?
by NineInchNachos on 7/25/2011 @ 10:25am
|human shields also massive tax write off for clear channel on those donated spaces .|
by fredo on 7/25/2011 @ 10:38am
|"also massive tax write off " nachos
Probably right, but I don't know how that works. If you have a billboard face (for example) that you would like to sell for $1000 per week to private business but only sells for two weeks a year, can you put up a billboard for a PSA for the remaining 50 weeks and take a $50,000 deduction on your taxable income?
by NineInchNachos on 7/25/2011 @ 10:40am
|you betcha! I would argue that this is the REAL reason for billboards in the first place.|
by fredo on 7/25/2011 @ 10:45am
|Is there a tax accountant who could provide a perspective here?
And would this apply to Radio Station and Newspaper PSAs as well?
A lot of these PSAs also have an advertising message. For example "this important message about using your seatbelts is brought to you by your friends at Marshy Moody Insurance Agency." Is this a PSA or is it an advertisement?
by cisserosmiley on 7/25/2011 @ 10:56am
|speaking of 26th n proctor, the billboard on top of east west cafe/discovery shop has been super-tagged - great job kids but don't fall off and break your necks|
by Erik on 7/25/2011 @ 11:13am
|11 episodes of blightful billboards post.
Nice work Kevin for showing the reality of the detrimental role that billboards play in the City of Tacoma.
by NineInchNachos on 7/25/2011 @ 11:18am
|don't take my word for it. last city council public comment we saw an old town accountant testify in favor of billboards. He didn't use billboards personally, but noted that clear channel billboard companies & non-profits laundering money is big business for accountants!|
by NineInchNachos on 7/25/2011 @ 11:20am
|pot hole in the sky|
by Joel 413 on 7/25/2011 @ 12:11pm
|There's a super tag on 6th and Ainsworth.. or Cushman too.|
by NineInchNachos on 7/25/2011 @ 12:42pm
by NineInchNachos on 7/25/2011 @ 1:14pm
|not sure how many folks got to see this
by JesseHillFan on 7/25/2011 @ 2:33pm
|Ya know those replacement digital billboards probably have a nice computer controlling them.
Useful components for whatever your needs (free system upgrade for an example).
They also would be fun to hack and display whatever message or picture you want too (like F*CK Cl*** Cha**** as an example or the Tacoma City Council SUCKS as another example).In other words one could just borrow the unit for a few hours.Maybe a password but probably easy to bypass.
by NineInchNachos on 7/25/2011 @ 2:55pm
|the ease of hacking digital billboards to display pornographic images is one of my talking points the council refuses to dignify with a formal response.
you'd think some people on the council were excited to see the pornographic images! Sick!!
by NineInchNachos on 7/25/2011 @ 3:49pm
by Erik on 7/25/2011 @ 7:28pm
|Oh Boy. Not very inspiring:
How To Make Repairs & Alterations To Your Billboard
There are many reasons why you might one day find yourself needing to work on a sign without anyone’s knowledge. Maybe the city is illegally trying to deprive you of your right to make repairs, or maybe you are in a dispute with your landowner – or maybe you are just being sneaky and doing something illegal with the sign. In any event, whether they wish to admit it or not, every sign owner has been there, and these are the best tricks to get the job done without getting caught.
by ixia on 7/25/2011 @ 7:49pm
|They sound like an organized crime gang. A case for Lindquist!|
by Erik on 9/4/2011 @ 10:10pm
|Pierce County Superior Court Civil Case 11-2-12765-1 PURCHASE COPIES
Case Title: CITY OF TACOMA VS. CLEAR CHANNEL OUTDOOR INC
Filing Date Filing Access Pages Microfilm
08/18/2011 CASE INFORMATION COVER SHEET Public 1
08/18/2011 FILING FEE RECEIVED $230.00 Public 0
08/18/2011 REQUEST FOR ASSIGN TO CIVIL TRACK Public 1
08/18/2011 ORDER SETTING ORIGINAL CASE SCHEDULE Public 1
08/18/2011 COMPLAINT FOR JUDGMENT Public 50
08/25/2011 AFFIDAVIT/DECLARATION OF SERVICE Public 2
08/31/2011 NOTICE OF APPEARANCE Public 3
09/01/2011 CONFIRMATION OF SERVICE Public 2
Date Calendar Outcome
Week Of 01/12/2012 DEPT 21 - JUDGE CUTHBERTSON (Rm. 822 )
Unconfirmed Status Conference
Week Of 08/02/2012 DEPT 21 - JUDGE CUTHBERTSON (Rm. 822 )
Unconfirmed Pretrial Conference
08/16/2012 DEPT 21 - JUDGE CUTHBERTSON (Rm. 822 )
Confirmed 9:00 Trial
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So far, so good... Funny how I build web tools for other people that are far better than the one's I have setup over on KFnet.
Hey Clear Channel, Clean Up Your Crap!