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Apr. 21, 2011 at 6:48am

Hey Clear Channel, Clean Up Your Crap!

I've watched over the last couple weeks as this billboard has slowly deteriorated. Up until a couple days ago the newest, vinyl ad covering this sign was hanging off to the side in tatters and was probably taken by area homeless and used for a make-shift shelter.

I may have my opinion about billboards in general but this is just blight upon blight. If you don't care about your business then maybe that's good reason for our ordinances here in Tacoma not to care either. I'm sure the company who paid to have their ad there might want to know what they're paying for. So, actually, thanks! It appears neither of us want your billboards here.

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by NineInchNachos on 4/21/2011 @ 7:56am
The billboards were placed in locations where data has shown that impaired drivers are killing the most people, the State Patrol reported. They'll be up for 16 weeks.

Read more: blog.thenewstribune.com/crime/2011/04/20...

by NineInchNachos on 4/21/2011 @ 7:57am
"Through this partnership, drivers and commuters will see this message over 7.5 million times on Clear Channel signs during the course of the campaign," Olivia Lippens, president of Clear Channel Outdoor Washington, stated in the press release.

Read more: blog.thenewstribune.com/crime/2011/04/20...

by fredo on 4/21/2011 @ 8:04am
Good posting Kevin. It's really disheartening to see the condition of these billboards and the blight they bring to the neighborhoods. RR put up some similar pictures a couple of weeks ago. The facings frequently look just like the one you've pictured, and sometimes worse. I've seen them covered with gang grafitti, grime and rust as well. And there can be months pass by when no one rents the board so it gets no attention whatsoever.

So what has our city done to rectify this situation?

In 1998 we passed a billboard ordinance which gave the billboard companies 10 years to fully amortize their boards and remove them. But when 2008 rolled around guess what? The billboard companies decided they didn't like that law and ignored it. Now they have sued our city to block our efforts and fashioned a plan which would allow them to establish some digital billboards in exchange for removing just a few of the offensive existing boards. The offer requires that the city only approve digital billboards for companies which remove existing billboards. Thereby they create for themselves for all time a government sanctioned monopoly over Tacoma's billboard market. Hope I got all the facts right here.

So what can be done now? I think its time for the offended citizens to pick up the gauntlet. We need to identify the advertisers on the current boards and shame them into removing their advertising. Call and email the advertisers and inform them that they are employing illegal advertising in the city of Tacoma and request that they discontinue these illegal advertisements or to cancel existing agreements.

Here is a partial list of current Clear Channel billboard advertisers, just what I saw yesterday:

Sterling Savings Bank
Boys and Girls Club
Click Network
Quadrant Homes

Can anyone add to this list and supply some email addresses and phones?

by Mofo from the Hood on 4/21/2011 @ 8:05am
Edit out the frame of that billboard photo and everything else outside it and what you will see is typical 20th century art.

by fredo on 4/21/2011 @ 8:17am
Does look a little Basquiat-ish.

by NineInchNachos on 4/21/2011 @ 8:17am

- Brain Injury Association of Washington
- Communities in Schools
- Graham Business Association
- United Way of Pierce County
- Proctor District Association
- American Red Cross
- Boys & Girls Club
- Clear Channel Outdoor
- Weekly Volcano
- Diamond Parking
- American Heart Association
- Washington Women’s Employment & Education (WWEE)


by NineInchNachos on 4/21/2011 @ 8:28am
can get every clear channel supporter's email off this document :

city responds to public feedback in curt pdf document

(scroll to the bottom)

by The Jinxmedic on 4/21/2011 @ 8:28am
Rest assured, the vMSDE shall never advertise, especially on anything as crass as a billboard.


by Mofo from the Hood on 4/21/2011 @ 9:46am
People have been wearing tattered logowear for centuries.

by NineInchNachos on 4/21/2011 @ 9:49am
by choice mofo? Like the Jews under HITLER?

by Mofo from the Hood on 4/21/2011 @ 10:00am
Dude, look in your hat box.

by NineInchNachos on 4/21/2011 @ 10:10am
Few of interesting items from the Planning Commission meeting today:
1. More than one digital billboard can go in special receiving area and the digital billboard does not have to be a replacement for a static billboard. In fact most of the special receiving areas do designated billboards to be removed in them.
2. The special receiving areas were picked because they already have billboards in them (although some have no billboards), but as discussed above...they could mean more billboards in a non-conforming area.
3. The City could not find a lighting engineer in time for the meeting to discuss lighting issues and safety because there is not enough information and FHWA study has not come out yet. They are going to try to find one for the next meeting.


by Jake on 4/21/2011 @ 10:15am
Marsha Moody with State Farm loves her some billboards.

by NineInchNachos on 4/21/2011 @ 10:20am
Saw a Moody billboard in an advanced state of decay... her face tattered and flapping.. would make an awesome photo and or ad

by Mofo from the Hood on 4/21/2011 @ 10:20am
People all over the world look at various forms of advertising every day. What's the big deal about a few big ads posted around Tacoma?
(signs, not overweight people wearing Carl Sagan Is God shirts)

by fredo on 4/21/2011 @ 10:20am
The planning commission seems to be spending a lot of time on digital billboard minutia. Maybe they weren't listening last month. The overwhelming public testimony was NO to the digital billboards. So what if they didn't talk to a lighting engineer?. What could he possibly say that would invalidate the clear message citizens have sent?

People don't want the signs, PERIOD

by Mofo from the Hood on 4/21/2011 @ 10:28am
I've had it with electric Christmas decorations!

by The Jinxmedic on 4/21/2011 @ 10:32am
And I have had it with electrification! Bring on the WHALE OIL.

by Mofo from the Hood on 4/21/2011 @ 10:38am
Whale Oil Billboards Now!

by NineInchNachos on 4/21/2011 @ 10:45am
central neighborhood council says: (from facebook)

Overall, the Planning Commission is still not happy with the code especially the special receiving areas. Next meeting they will be looking more closely at lighting (if they can find someone) and the land use near each special receiving area. . . .

{when asked for Any vibes on how the council is leaning}

seems like they are leaning to toward no digital billboards, but then providing recommendations if the city council goes ahead with them...but they have not officially voted yet.

by KevinFreitas on 4/21/2011 @ 11:15am
I'm completely with @fredo here. Tacoma said NO to digital billboards. Let's re-write up that ordinance to specifically prohibit them in our city and go from there to remove all the non-conforming ones as well. The 1st Amendment doesn't apply at all in this case so we fight them, they'll lose, and Tacoma will be the better for it.

by NineInchNachos on 4/21/2011 @ 11:26am
Amen sir!

by NineInchNachos on 4/21/2011 @ 1:03pm
daddy what does a press release passed off as a legitimate news story look like?

Well son... www.pnwlocalnews.com/south_king/aub/news...

by fredo on 4/21/2011 @ 1:16pm
Ironic that Clear Channel frequently uses illegally placed un-rented boards for public service type law enforcement messages. Does this mean that Clear Channel is for city code enforcement? I'm getting a bit confused.

by Nick on 4/21/2011 @ 2:40pm
Hmmm, so I wonder if maybe we could take the boycott concept to the next level. I wonder if it would be possible somehow apply legal liability to the sponsors for which the offending billboards are advertising? Fine the advertisers instead of Clear Channel.

What if the city effectively imposed an added cost to advertising on those billboards, making them less desirable and thus eroding their profitability for Clear Channel?

by NineInchNachos on 4/21/2011 @ 2:48pm
i started a hunger strike today

by fredo on 4/21/2011 @ 3:27pm
Nick, you've got the right spirit. I don't know if a threat of a boycott would get anywhere. How are we going to boycott, for example, the Boys & Girls Club, or the Washington State Patrol?

Legal liability for the advertisers? I'm not a lawyer so I can't say. Some of these billboard images might be given free by Clear Channel as an attempt to curry good will with the masses.

My posting was an attempt to see if we could shame the advertisers into pulling the plug on their Clear Channel advertisements. After all, their choice of advertising mediums is an illegal installation. What civic minded advertiser really wants their message conveyed via the illegal billboards? When I see a company using the Clear Channel faces it tells me that this advertiser doesn't give a crap about our city, regardless of whether or not I would have an interest in the product or service advertised.

by NineInchNachos on 4/21/2011 @ 3:40pm
To Swarner Communicaton's (Weekly Volcano) credit I know they've sent a letter to Clear Channel Outdoor asking that their ads not be placed on the illegal billboards (or billboards on top of people's houses) but I've heard that Clear Channel Outdoor goes out of their way to put ads in spots to make things difficult... like how Clear Channel Outdoor was sticking Click! Ads in the illegal billboards blah blah blah.

by fredo on 4/21/2011 @ 4:00pm
yeah, that click billboard really torks me. who is forcing the city utilities to spend taxpayer funds on this illegal trash? this would be the definition of the proverb "adding insult to injury." Not only do we have to look at the click ads we have to pay for them too.

by Erik on 4/21/2011 @ 4:34pm
Great picture Kevin. Where is the City of Tacoma safe and clean hammer when you need them to eradicate billboard blight?

by NineInchNachos on 4/21/2011 @ 4:48pm
more billboards need to fall on small businesses crushing people to death to awaken Eric Anderson from his niquil slumber

by fredo on 4/21/2011 @ 5:04pm
We need to send the planning commission on an all expenses paid tour of Hawaii and China so that they may look at some of the billboard issues those people are facing. Perhaps they could hook up with some ladies in the red light districts to educate themselves on issues involving "illumination."


Although I have another home on the web I thought it might be nice to lead by example a bit and put this blog system up to the test myself.

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!

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