NewspaperTree.com Blog

El Paso-centric info and commentary from the Center of North America

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

Advertisements

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

July 9, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

14 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Well folks, I think it is time for the residents of EP to draw a line in the sand. Enough with the attitude they will do as THEY please and the heck with what we want. The so called meetings and hearings are for show only.

    They are implementing too many projects and policies against the desires of the residents. Sign the petition as a signal to city hall that enough is enough.

    Rey

    July 9, 2009 at 3:24 pm

  2. Let’s go a step further and tear down at least half of all the hideous billboards out there. They are a blight on our city.

    MRW

    July 9, 2009 at 3:48 pm

  3. Please…there have been hearings, meetings, hearings, and meetings. Billboards are not “friendly” to business. Our policy has created an “arms race”. Your competitor puts one up and therefore you have to…and the El Paso freeways and vistas become more and more cluttered, rendering the billboards less and less effective – – unless of course you own a company that sells advertising on billboards.

    The recommendations to Council are STILL more liberal than other cities comparable to El Paso.

    Clue

    July 9, 2009 at 4:01 pm

  4. … I personally receive plenty of advertising in the mail, magazines, newspapers, via internet, TV, on the road, especially I-10! and also via obnoxious home phone calls.

    There are many Beautiful cities with no billboards and the businesses thrive!
    Our beautiful home city will too!
    END VISUAL POLLUTION! I urge the residents to support our city leaders and NOT sign the petition!

    Fornuke

    July 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm

  5. This billboard issue is really very upsetting…CC Outdoor donates over $500,000. a year to the NFP’s and if the nutso ordinance passes those donations go away along with the help those billboards provide for the NFP comminity…thier events and causes and missions….

    Nobody really reads the newspaper, nor listens to local radio or whatches netowrk tv…but over 140 cars…with multiple people pass by the billboards on I-10 on a dialy basis…

    Steven SIlver

    July 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm

  6. This billboard issue is really very upsetting…CC Outdoor donates over $500,000. a year to the NFP’s and if the nutso ordinance passes those donations go away along with the help those billboards provide for the NFP comminity…their events and causes and missions….

    Nobody really reads the newspaper, nor listens to local radio or whatches netowrk tv…but over 140,000 cars…with multiple people pass by the billboards on I-10 on a dialy basis…

    Steven Silver

    July 9, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Steven SIlver

    July 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm

  7. What would happen if all the billboards in the city went away, yes, all the billboards? How many people would lose their jobs? How much revenue would El Paso lose? How many advertisers would go bankrupt? How bad would life as we know it be irreparably damaged or disrupted? I suppose that billboards are needed to keep the sky from falling.

    Henny Penny

    July 9, 2009 at 5:09 pm

  8. Please, get rid of the billboards. ALL of them. They’re ugly. Any while you’re at it, get rid of some of the HORRIBLE signs that businesses put up — i.e. Cash Pawn. Many, many cities do quite well without all of that visual littering.

    green

    July 9, 2009 at 7:25 pm

  9. Hey – Kathrine’s back from Keep El Paso Beautiful…otherwise known as GREEN…Kathering…there’s no Cash Pawn billboard – that’s an on premise – BUSINESS OWNER sign!

    green

    July 10, 2009 at 9:19 am

  10. The pictures the city staff member, Matt MCelroy are putting out are doctored and it’s been proven by Clear Channel. He responded that the city didn’t have any money for good equipment. The on premise signs are brighter than digital from what I saw. PS our Sheriff went to Austin to state our government that DIGITAL IS SAFE!!!!!!!! Matt couldn’t provide one police report EVER that was due to a billboard sign…all lies

    false information

    July 10, 2009 at 9:22 am

  11. Susie Byrds comments on her blog are all wrong. She doesn’t even have the current sign ordinace information and the picture she has on the mostly points to ON PREMISE BUSINESS SIGNS! – ANTI BUSINESS – Yep that’s Susie and Ann for that matter.

    false information

    July 10, 2009 at 9:24 am

  12. MRM or Matt R. MCelroy is what you should have posted you got your M turned upside down in your email post.

    MRW

    July 10, 2009 at 9:26 am

  13. If members of City Council read this, then my time here is well spent. As a registered voter, small business owner, consumer, and citizen, I have to say I agree with everything stated in this petition.
    Outdoor advertising helps generate sales tax for the city, helps stuff money into the CAD coffers, helps commercial growth, and overall promotes prosperity. Visual clutter? Check your front yard first, or that border fence that doubles as a trash collector. These outdoor sign companies, in my opinion, have been mindful of erecting visually pleasing, artful messages that are not just “advertising”, they are often necessary information for public safety, like when an Amber Alert is issued.
    City Council has made some unfortunate decisions in the past that do no promote good business sense. If the City is in business FOR both the citizens and the businesses who help keep the City humming, they will examine the facts and compromise.

    Ken Franklin

    July 10, 2009 at 11:24 am

  14. Hey Steven Silver, now that Bob Jones isn’t forking out you’re getting money from the billboard companies? What’s next, Chico’s Tacos?

    nutso

    July 10, 2009 at 11:41 am


Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: