In his first big move to address a campaign promise, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich today sent one of his top attorneys to persuade the Los Angeles City Council to enact a flat-out, no exceptions ban on new billboards in Los Angeles, the capital of the illegal billboard industry.
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In an emergency action, even involving the appearance of Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who is convalescing from a hernia problem, the council came up with the legally required 12-0 vote to immediately stop all forms of new billboards -- for now. More news from reporter Christine Pelisek, whose reporting throughout 2008 brought this issue to the fore, in a few minutes!