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Did the City of Tacoma Settle Billboard Litigation with Clear Channel Tonight

by Erik
on 7/27/2010 @ 9:30pm
Tonight, I received these documents from Tacoma Cartoonist RR Anderson which he alleges were before the Tacoma City Council tonight which would have settled the billboard litigation with Clear Channel:

Please post if you have more information on this important topic.

by Erik on 7/27/2010 @ 9:21pm
Result: City of Tacoma votes for settlement agreement:

Better check out the map.


It is a compromise:
85 percent of billboards will be removed.
Panel changing billboard but no scrolling flashing pictures
Operate like digital picture change

Council votes unanimously to adopt.

Now is the time we get to dissect exactly what was voted on.

Congrats RR for your coverage of this issue. You were the lone wolf.

by Erik on 7/27/2010 @ 9:33pm

by NineInchNachos on 7/27/2010 @ 9:42pm
here is a less clunky way to view the document!


by morgan on 7/28/2010 @ 12:22am
Wow! Even the Tacoma Sun missed that one. Talk about sleeping at the wheel!

by Jesse on 7/28/2010 @ 7:50am
Jebus Crisp! Too good to be true?!

Can we plant a tree in every hole left behind?

by fredo on 7/28/2010 @ 8:14am
I dunno.

I dislike the billboards as much as anyone else. Yet when I look through the old Richards Photographs of Tacoma on the Library website it's the wonderful old billboards which frequently make the photos pop. Will people of the future see a photograph of a digital billboard and have a happy recollection?

by fredo on 7/28/2010 @ 8:42am
Another highlight for me was the description of the effect the new billborads will have on their neighborhoods when they unleash a


Yes, I think that's exactly the effect they will have, and I think it's the effect the clear channel people intend. I'm sure they are laughing it up at their offices today and high fiving each other. This is an enormous injustice, a scam in effect, which has just been unleashed on the city. Mayor Strickland once again mistakes capitulation for leadership. Folks, enjoy your elected officials.

by Altered Chords on 7/28/2010 @ 9:41am
Maybe gang member creativity can be channeled by Art Works. Let them spiff up the space w/ "art" and then use the space for a few months for gang related "business"

by Nick on 7/28/2010 @ 11:09am
Too bad some of those fines weren't included in the settlement. Think of all potholes we could have filled! :-)

Wonder what it would take to clean up all those ridiculous LED signs on I-5? I swear, as soon as you cross the King County line, your first introduction to Pierce County is a freakin' powerboat/RV/car/casino seizure fest. Not exactly the south sound's best foot forward...

by Erik on 7/28/2010 @ 11:52am

In a late addition to last nights Tacoma City Council agenda, the city announced a settlement with Clear Channel Communications that will allow the company to erect 10 digital billboards," primarily in the central part of the city.

The agreement effectively settles a long-running federal lawsuit brought by Clear Channel, which claimed the citys anti-billboard ordinance violates the companys constitutional free-speech rights. The city ordinance, adopted by the council in 1997, was supposed to phase out billboards that were deemed too big, ugly or disruptive by Aug. 1, 2007. As many as 193 of Clear Channels signs met the ordinances definition, city officials have said.

The only member of the public to speak about the agreement last night was local political cartoonist RR Anderson, who opposed the deal.

by Erik on 7/28/2010 @ 12:17pm
Tacoma billboard nightmares/memories:

by fredo on 7/28/2010 @ 1:02pm
Thanks to RR for voicing some concerns that members of the public might have regarding the digital billboards.

The public hasn't really had the time nor the opportunity to study this "settlement." You know, I own some commercial property and I think I'm going to put a big digital display up there for everyone to see. If I can't sell all the time on my display I'll let RR put up some of his wonderful tacomics free of charge as a reward for his civic spirit.

by NineInchNachos on 7/28/2010 @ 1:18pm
Fredo, how much to broadcast my tacomics on your digital displays for tuesdays?

by Marty on 7/28/2010 @ 1:55pm
Well done R.R.

by fredo on 7/28/2010 @ 2:36pm
RR, it's my intention to let you display your tacomics free of charge whenever there is unsold time on my display. Other CLAW submissions will be accepted too. The first thing I need to do is determine if the new digital display licenses were given to Clear Channel through some sort of sweetheart deal, or if Mayor Strickland intends to let other property owners in on the arrangement too.

by NineInchNachos on 7/28/2010 @ 3:17pm
here I am blubbering on TV Tacoma like an imbecile in front of the City Council last night

by Erik on 7/28/2010 @ 3:20pm
The highlight of your testimony was when you were about to walk away and the mayor reminded you that you still have time left on the clock!

Just like David Curry who is the one man standing against Sound Transit, RR is the one person who testified against billboards on Tuesday.

by fredo on 7/28/2010 @ 3:55pm
The comments are not posting in order.

by Altered Chords on 7/28/2010 @ 4:31pm
Thank you RR Anderson. Worthy cause. I hate billboards. Best one I saw was at 9th between market and Fawcett. Clear channel had it blank for a few days and Gang graffitti appeared on it almost immediately.

Gang members advertising on Clear Channel billboards. Priceless.

by NineInchNachos on 7/28/2010 @ 4:45pm
hmm. maybe gang member creativity can be channeled positively with contributions of embellishment to non-blank billboards!

Tacoma SPACEWORKS: Improving ClearChannel Billboard Blight

by Altered Chords on 7/28/2010 @ 4:51pm
What's w/ the bizarre time stamping and posting order? My humor is time sensitive and makes no sense out of order.


by Erik on 7/28/2010 @ 11:23pm
Check out Tribune's coverage of RR Anderson & Strickland on Billboards:

by L.S.Erhardt on 7/28/2010 @ 11:46pm
Maybe it isn't so bad

36 digital signs sounds bad, but look at it from the perspective of a vandal. You know the ones, the people who tag or otherwise deface billboards.

It's both difficult and time/resource intensive to have to go and vandalize 400 billboards.

But if you have a mere 36, a properly motivated vandal can hit them all in one night. Furthermore, now the h4xx0rz can get in on the game too.

I predict a lot of interesting.

Although, I wish I had known this was coming. I would have been at that meeting.