Long Beach, CA
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File #: 10-0129    Version: 1 Name: CD-6 - illegal signs & enforcement
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 1/25/2010 In control: City Council
On agenda: 2/2/2010 Final action: 2/2/2010
Title: Recommendation to request City Council to receive and file the Agenda Item Memorandum, and request City Manager to report back to City Council within 60 days, on the effectiveness of streamlining existing departmental procedures, and implementing additional penalties resulting from the illegal posting of signs in the public right-of-way.
Sponsors: COUNCILMAN DEE ANDREWS, SIXTH DISTRICT
Attachments: 1. 020210-R-16sr&att.pdf
TITLE
Recommendation to request City Council to receive and file the Agenda Item Memorandum, and request City Manager to report back to City Council within 60 days, on the effectiveness of streamlining existing departmental procedures, and implementing additional penalties resulting from the illegal posting of signs in the public right-of-way.
 
DISCUSSION
The Long Beach Municipal Code makes it illegal to post advertisements, signs or handbills on the public right of way including light and utility poles, trees, fire hydrants, and traffic signs. Illegally posted signs negatively impact our neighborhoods and diminish the quality of life throughout the City.
 
Although numerous sections in the Long Beach Municipal Code regulate and prohibit placement of signs in the public right-of-way an examination of existing laws and procedures is requested to determine whether streamlining the abatement and cost recovery processes and increasing penalties is feasible.
 
In addition to signs removed by Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Marine Services, last year Neighborhood Services removed over 22,000 illegal signs from the public right-of-way.
 
The City Attorney and City Prosecutor will be critical partners in aggressively and consistently holding persons responsible for illegally posted signs accountable, imposing penalties and recovering costs of abatement incurred by the City.
 
SUGGESTED ACTION
Approve recommendation.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
 
 
DEE ANDREWS, COUNCILMEMBER, SIXTH DISTRICT