GLENDALE (CBS) — Residents who have lived in Southern California for any length of time are no strangers to the region’s air, noise, and light pollution, but now lawmakers in Glendale want to clear the air when it comes to unsightly signs at fast food restaurants.
KNX 1070′s Vytas Safronikas reports City Councilman Ara Najarian is leading the effort to crack down on signs that violate city codes so residents and visitors alike won’t have to tolerate “something you see in East L.A.”
The city has an estimated 609 oversized signs as high as 25 feet and with surface areas up to 200 square feet, according to the Los Angeles Times — in clear violation of the height limits between 6 to 8 feet and surface area restrictions to as big as 75 square feet.
Najarian told KNX 1070 the move is all about making the city’s skyline more uniform in appearance.
“We’ve got little cheesy signs lit by flourescent tubes versus great huge fast-food signs, and we’d like to bring them more into conformity,” Najarian said.
The city council has ordered staffers to come up with a plan to enforce the measure and convince any potential violators to remove their signs.
Under the current proposal, local businesses would be allowed around two years to replace their signs with ones that are up to city code.