This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.
Clear Channel Outdoor demands the City of Tacoma decide the future of billboards by Aug. 15. City leaders should oblige the company and not drag out the city’s moratorium on billboards any longer than necessary.
There’s no reason to hesitate if the City Council’s response to Clear Channel is the right one: Come get your 193 illegal billboards and cancel any plans to erect digital signs within city limits.
The message from Tacoma residents has been clear. They want as few billboards in the city as possible – and if Clear Channel wants to sue, that’s a fight the taxpayers are willing to have.