Apr. 11, 2012 at 8:25am
In a mid-sized city like Tacoma we're fortunate to have multiple choices when it comes to who fills our TVs with content. It's easy for a monopoly to exist in such a relatively small entertainment market but alongside Comcast's dominating presence we have the municipal Click! cable service.
Though I no longer subscribe to cable TV I make use of their internet offerings and am more than pleased especially with their level of personal service. However, it's time we ask for better when it comes to how they get their message out around town and ask them to kick the Clear Channel billboard habit. Being a City-run (and "publicly controlled" as their website puts it) entity it's time for Click! to cease working with a company like Clear Channel who currently operates hundreds of billboards within Tacoma that are in violation of our sign code.
The following link is an email message to Click! and our City Council asking them to kick the Clear Channel habit but also suggestion alternate, more local forms of advertising such as on Pierce Transit buses and bus stops as well as local websites like FeedTacoma. You know this easy activism drill -- just sign your name and send the email below:
What other local (especially City-funded) organizations would you like to see stop utilizing law-breaking Clear Channel billboards?
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by NineInchNachos on 4/11/2012 @ 9:21am
|Are you a CLICK! user? WELL... Are you, like me, disgusted by CLICK!'s use of Clear Channel billboards? FIRE AWAY!|
by Jesse on 4/11/2012 @ 9:39am
|"What other local (especially City-funded) organizations would you like to see stop utilizing law-breaking Clear Channel billboards?" --- Kevin
The Zoo (Metro Parks)
Also, while one municipal organization is fighting Clear Channel with the possibility of spending millions of dollars doing it, others are using them as their advertising? This makes the city look silly.
by NineInchNachos on 4/11/2012 @ 9:44am
|Clear Channel puts the ads on the non-conforming billboards to rub it in.|
by fredo on 4/11/2012 @ 9:49am
|agree with all previous comments.|
by Erik on 4/11/2012 @ 9:55am
|There are a number of things that should happen now while the CC case is pending that could be of a benefit including:
1) The City of Tacoma and all of it's arms and entities should CEASE immediately advertising on non-confomring billiboards.
2) Billboards should be removed from all city owned land (or COT utility land). I have heard there are over a dozen billboards here.
It is unexcusable for public entities to thwart the billboard law on the books in Tacoma.
by Jesse on 4/11/2012 @ 10:06am
|"The City of Tacoma and all of it's arms and entities should CEASE immediately advertising on non-confomring billboards" -- Erik|
Perhaps it's just a matter of semantics, but, the city needs to pull the plug on ALL billboard advertising while CC is in any violation of the law. Why not just non-conforming billboards? Because they advertise enough for non-profits that they could just shuffle where they put a paid ad to a conforming location and put the non-profit org ads on the non-compliant billboards.
Make no mistake, I am sure they are making money on billboards they're "donating" to non-profit orgs. via the tax write-offs they get by "donating" them.
By stopping all advertising, you end this game of billboard musical chairs and take real money out of CC's pockets.
by L.S.Erhardt on 4/11/2012 @ 11:46am
|I'd like to see 100% of billboards in town filled with ads for local/municipal choices.|
by KevinFreitas on 4/11/2012 @ 3:19pm
|I completely agree @Jesse. At the very least ads on non-conforming billboards need to be removed immediately but, yes, the City of Tacoma shouldn't be doing business at all with a company in clear violation of our codes.|
by Erik on 4/11/2012 @ 3:33pm
|Here is the Tacoma Public Utilities Facebook page which I believes runs Click!|
Perhaps we could use this method to tell them our concerns about them following the billboard ordinance in the letter and spirit of the law.
by NineInchNachos on 4/11/2012 @ 3:48pm
|Click! has a facebook page too!
and a twitter!
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!