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Jun. 21, 2012 at 3:58pm

Metro Parks Board to Hear Anti-Clear Channel Motion

Metro Parks Tacoma Board Commissioner Erik Hanberg revealed he intends to bring a motion to prohibit their advertising on non-conforming Clear Channel billboards. Here's his post via Facebook:

Next Monday night, I'm bringing a motion forward for consideration by the Metro Parks Board to prohibit us from further advertising on non-conforming billboards in Tacoma.

As many people have noted, MPT has some big billboards in town for the Zoo and Trek. If passed, this motion wouldn't immediately remove those, since they are currently under contract, but it would prohibit entering into any further arrangements on non-conforming billboards. We would still be able to advertise on any remaining billboards that are in compliance with the City's regulations.

I think this would be a good fit with the District and our mission if adopted.

Many, many thanks for your leadership on this Erik! And please considering emailing your support for this motion to any of the board commissioners. Here's their contact info. This would be a great step towards eliminating the conflict of interest presented by municipal organizations spending money with a company the City's currently in litigation with.

Next up: Click!

comments [21]  |  posted under billboards, clear channel, metro parks, tacoma


by CaptainBritton on 6/21/2012 @ 4:01pm
I have to say, I'm very encouraged by this development. Bravo to Mr. Hanberg! Bravo again if it passes!!!

by tommyllew on 6/21/2012 @ 4:17pm
Erik Hanberg - you get my vote. Nice to know an elected official actually listens to the people. Here here!

by Erik on 6/21/2012 @ 4:18pm
Ethical leadership!The practice if using limited tax funds collected by Metro Parks to buy ad space on non-conforming billboards in Tacoma is unethical and indefensible.Glad to see Commissioner Hanberg make this motion.  The other commissioners should support the motion.

Contact the other Metro Parks Commission to support the motion:



by cisserosmiley on 6/21/2012 @ 5:23pm
Thanks Erik Hanberg, this is good news for your city council appointment next winter!

by fredo on 6/22/2012 @ 6:16am
erik h. is a stand up guy.

I wonder if our city council has the authority to place a similar requirement on their weekly agenda?

I'll answer my own question. 

They do.

by worktowardsabettertacoma on 6/22/2012 @ 1:35pm
How refreshing it is to see our Metro Parks department taking a stand!  I have been perplexed and disappointed how other Tacoma entities such as Click and the Chamber of Commerce have essentially slapped citizens in the face with their total disregard. Shame on you.  If we can't count on you to do what's right in this regard, how do we trust you in the future?

by Erik on 6/24/2012 @ 11:13am
Here is a letter I emailed today on the issue:


Metro Parks Commissions,

Please support Metro Parks Commissioner Hanberg's proposal to ban Metro Parks from advertising on non-conforming billboards in Tacoma.

After considering testimony from packed hearing rooms before the Planning Commission, Tacoma City Hall, and 1500 signed petition signatures, the Tacoma City Council eliminated the most intrusive blightful billboards in Tacoma that were negatively impacting the quality of life in the city.  They were supposed to be removed the owners of the billboards by March 1, 2012. Instead, the matter has ended up in court. In public testimony on billboards, over 90 percent of speakers spoke against billboards in one manner or another.

It is imperative that Metro Parks comply with both the letter and spirit of Tacoma's new billboards laws.  Tacomans expect that Metro Parks will adhere to the clear intent of the citizens on Tacoma on the matter and will not try to thwart Tacoma's billboards laws.  There are endless other opportunities for Metro Parks to get it's message out.

Finally, bellow is a post Tacoma resident Kevin Freitas posted on the matter:


Thank you for your attention to this matter. .


Erik Bjornson

by KevinFreitas on 6/25/2012 @ 7:54am
Just emailed the commission myself:
Dear Metro Parks Commission:

It has come to my attention a motion will come before you that requires Metro Parks to avoid any new contracts with ads on Clear Channel billboards that are in violation of the City of Tacoma's sign code. Please consider this email my support for this motion in hopes of setting a good example to avoid supporting the illegal actions of an organization currently in litigation with the City and who clearly doesn't have the best interest of our livable community in mind.

Please consider billboard advertising only on conforming Clear Channel sign faces or alternate, local forms of advertising such as online (website like FeedTacoma.com), via Pierce Transit vehicles, and other creative approaches to getting the word out about the amazing things Metro Parks does for our community.


Kevin Freitas

by Erik on 6/25/2012 @ 10:59am
Great letter Kevin,

Here is a copy of another one I received today:


June 24, 2012

Dear Metro Parks

It is with enthusiasm and hope that
we've learned of your upcoming decision to not advertise on non-conforming
billboards in Tacoma.  Our citizens have worked hard to voice their opinion and
finally succeed in stopping digital advertising as well as removal of
non-conforming signs, and your efforts are greatly

We are particularly pleased as it has
been discouraging for us personally to drive about town and see our own Metro
Parks department utilizing and financially supporting these billboards.  As
individuals who have helped lead the fight, we have been asked by others in the
community why our city would chose to do so - not just Metro Parks, but also
Click! and our Tacoma Chamber of Commerce.  

Please view the following video by
Ossian Or of Scenic Minnesota, just released yesterday, highlighting
Tacoma and Seattle in their efforts to stop such advertising.  This segment is
part of a full length film which will be shown nationwide, and has in fact been
requested for a screening as far away as Warsaw, Poland.  


This is not simply a local issue.
 Once municipalities, counties and states take a firm stand to 'just say no' to
advertiser's tactics, we can move forward protecting our communities and scenic

are proud to know you recognize the importance of this issue and trust you will
make the right decision. 

you for your consideration.


Rob & Jill
3002 N. 13th
Tacoma, WA

by Erik on 6/25/2012 @ 9:34pm
UPDATE from Metro Parks Commissioner Erik Hanburg:

At tonight's Park Board meeting, the board unanimously voted to ask staff to draft a resolution that would prohibit new advertising placements on non-conforming billboards in Tacoma.

So, it's not the final decision. That will be at a vote at the next meeting on this policy. But I heard a lot of support from my fellow commissioners and I think the unanimous vote to put a policy on our agenda next week speaks loudly.

So thanks to everyone who emailed or testified about this! I feel good about the direction we're headed.

by Erik on 6/26/2012 @ 12:21pm
Update via Komo News:


by Dave_L on 6/27/2012 @ 1:43am
Strong move!  Thank you, Erik Hanberg!

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2012 @ 9:16am
BUMP!  this is radical!

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2012 @ 9:16am

by KevinFreitas on 6/27/2012 @ 9:36am
It certainly is Click!'s turn -- especially since they're even more directly tied to the City as a municipal service.

by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2012 @ 9:41am
I recently spotted billboard facings ragged and flapping along 6th ave.  wish I had my camera.

by Erik on 6/28/2012 @ 3:03pm
Tacoma Weekly weighs in to support Metro Parks billboard ban on non-conforming billboards.

How long is Click! going to keep spending/taxpayer funds on non-conforming billboards?

by Jake on 6/28/2012 @ 5:05pm
@RR is it the one above Subway across from the new Tacoma Time? 

by NineInchNachos on 6/28/2012 @ 5:18pm
fire pizza place?   I saw two different flapping ones on two different days.

by Jake on 6/28/2012 @ 7:01pm
haha meant Taco Time..

by KevinFreitas on 7/24/2012 @ 11:38am
The latest from Mr. Hanberg's Facebook page:

For those who are still wondering ... it was a long process, but last night Metro Parks passed a resolution to restrict billboard advertising on non-conforming billboards in the City of Tacoma.

We won't be seeking to get out of any existing contracts we currently have for placement (that means the current run won't come down early, and you'll still see a few ZooLights billboards in the winter). But after that, we won't be advertising on locations that the City is trying to get removed.

It's a small step, but a good one I think.

It's a great step. Way to go Erik and the MetroParks board for showing the leadership to take this stand. On the Click! and their billboards.


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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