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.

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!

LA Weekly