Keep the city from messing with billboards, group asks with petition
Petition making the e-rounds:
Take Part in El Paso’s Future and Proudly Support Small Businesses
Dear El Pasoan,
A great injustice may fall upon the business community of El Paso – especially small businesses – and you can help stop it. On July 14, the El Paso City Council will vote on a measure that would drastically affect how you receive news and information via outdoor advertising.
The outdoor advertising community has made every effort to come to a fair compromise with the City of El Paso to not only reduce the number of boards in our city, but to replace older outdoor boards with newer, business-friendly digital boards. In fact, under the current ordinance, over the past several years, Clear Channel Outdoor Company (the largest outdoor company in El Paso) has removed 126 boards from within the city, while maintaining the flexibility to adjust its inventory to meet the changing needs of El Paso businesses.
However, some members of the El Paso City Council have pledged to halt the current, effective ordinance by ignoring a compromise ordinance negotiated by City staff and Clear Channel Outdoor, and to severely limit or ban outdoor advertising altogether. This will have an effect on all of us — including the City of El Paso which owns digital outdoor signs that would appear to be in violation if its own ordinance.
This proposed action by some members of City Council has been criticized by the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Both Chambers and other business groups have supported the outdoor-reduction compromise that the Legislative Review Committee suggested in August 2008. These groups know that so many El Paso businesses rely on outdoor advertising as their sole means of selling their products and services. It is cost-effective and it works. That is why almost every current Council member has used outdoor advertising during election periods.
Please pledge your support for El Paso businesses. Help those businesses by calling, writing, or emailing your Council Representative, and tell them to stay with the outdoor-reduction compromise. And, PLEASE grant us permission to place your name on this petition which will be presented to City Council on July 14th: “I support reducing the number of outdoor boards in El Paso by the compromise ratio of 3:1. Further, I support El Paso businesses and respect their choice to use outdoor advertising.”
Thank you for your help with this important matter.
El Paso Businesses and the Outdoor Advertising Coalition