Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Clear Channel

Sep.
28th

TACOMA: Council needs to stand by billboard law

Congratulations to the Tacoma City Council for listening to residents and passing a reasonable billboard ordinance which wisely bans digital billboards from blemishing Tacoma’s skyline and requires nonconforming static billboards to be removed by March 1, 2012.

During multiple public hearings, hundreds of Tacomans weighed in against digital billboards, 1,400 signed petitions against them, and six neighborhood councils and dozens of civic groups opposed them. Approximately 95 percent of Tacoma residents opposed digital billboards in the public process.

However, as the billboard issue moves through the court system, there will no doubt be temptations for the City Council to capitulate

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June
20th

TACOMA: Ban all digital billboards

Tacoma is poised at a crossroads in its renaissance and economic development. Will Tacoma soar with its unique vistas of Mount Rainier and charming, sometimes quirky historic architecture? Or will Tacoma be marred with urban blight from digital billboards?

The decision that the City Council will be making to ban or allow digital billboards will affect Tacoma for years. If Clear Channel Outdoors, a nonlocal sign company, has its way digital billboards will denigrate Tacoma’s beauty and reverse its economic progress.

I urge the mayor and the City Council to listen to the people who elected them. Digital billboards are

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March
22nd

BILLBOARDS: Council should reconsider decision

I moved to Tacoma three years ago from sunny Southern California. Although I had heard that Tacoma was the “armpit of Seattle,” I was pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful city with history and culture. I was pleased to hear of the efforts to improve areas such as Hilltop where my daughter currently resides.

Then I heard of the proposed electronic billboards that were unanimously approved by our City Council and was horrified. I thought the goal was to make Tacoma more beautiful, not to add to the blight of billboards that already exist here.

Many cities, including Denver, have

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March
22nd

BILLBOARDS: City needs to fight for its citizens

The advocating for Clear Çhannel’s billboards by a City of Tacoma attorney sounds all too familiar. So does the reason for approval: fear of a lawsuit.

About a year ago, the city refused to enforce their zoning against Chabad of Pierce County in its effort to build a large synagogue on a tiny residential lot in the West End. The rationale? The city didn’t want to fight a lawsuit.

At some point, Tacoma officials need to stop worrying about lawsuits and need to start doing the right thing. Yes, even if that means being the masthead against zoning violations and

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March
21st

BILLBOARDS: Don’t sign proposed agreement

The North End Neighborhood Council, along with other neighborhood councils, has voted to oppose the proposed settlement with Clear Channel over the issue of billboards.

Neighborhoods universally consider billboards to be visual blight, and they are opposed by cities across the United States. Introducing electronic billboards in Tacoma would be extremely harmful and would degrade the quality of life in our city. They are described as being like TVs on a stick, and each needlessly wastes as much electricity as 30 houses use, undermining any effort of Tacoma to be “green.”

Hence, the NENC strongly supports the original 1997 city

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March
21st

BILLBOARDS: Citizens must make voices heard

A massive, cancerous growth is festering that directly impacts Tacoma’s citizens, threatening our personal health, safety, welfare and homes.

This monster blinds your eyes, invades your senses and even tells where to go, what to do, where to shop and eat – even what to think. It’s rooting itself in our community, disfiguring our cityscapes and degrading our residential neighborhoods. Once it invades, it’s impossible to eradicate.

The disease is Clear Channel Outdoor Inc.’s mega LED billboards, and they must be stopped.

Ironically, newly proposed these digital billboards will be even more nonconforming than what Tacoma suffers with already. No

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March
11th

BILLBOARDS: Don’t allow digital blight

I am surprised that Clear Channel plans on placing a digital billboard on the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Division. A digital billboard at that location would be an eyesore to our community.

A digital billboard would be one of the first things that visitors would see when they exit from Sprague Avenue entering Tacoma. This would not reflect well on visitors entering this area on their way to a revitalized Sixth Avenue, hospitals and medical clinics, Wright Park and the historic Stadium District.

What does this say about our community when we let the opportunity for increased revenue impede

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March
10th

BILLBOARDS: Public must provide input

In July, the Tacoma City Council approved an agreement to replace existing billboards with digital billboards. Most people I know believe it is a done deal. It is not. It can be modified or even rejected completely by the City Council.

These double-sided lighted billboards will be 14 feet tall by 48 feet wide. Think a 50-foot semi trailer hanging 30 feet in the air with the image changing every eight seconds. The initial install is for 10 digitals to replace 53 old ones, plus Clear Channel would give up future sign permits. If the agreement is fulfilled as written,

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