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Three men who painted an American flag on a retaining wall along Interstate 680, only to see it covered this week by Caltrans workers who treated it as graffiti, got an apology from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday. "To do so only days before we celebrate our independence and reflect on the freedoms we are lucky enough to enjoy in America is unconscionable," the governor said in a statement. "I extend my apologies to the artists whose mural inspired drivers along 680 for over eight and a half years." The 35-foot flag was first painted the week after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, by Eric Noda, R.J. Waldron and Thomas Hanley. They picked the highly visible retaining wall on the Sunol grade because thousands of motorists passed the image each day. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/07/03/BAL31E8VRE.DTL#ixzz0seIftEGi
A day after a city ban on new outdoor signs, he wrote, some crane operator and other workers were out there brazenly putting up another, one of those plasticized signs that cover most of the side of a building. Bless the Westwood South of Santa Monica Homeowners Association. Members went out there and demanded that one of the workers hand over his permit for it. He said nothing. So the locals kept taking pictures of the operation. http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2009/01/policing-illega.html
Banned outdoor signs sprout in L.A. A day after a moratorium forbids them, large ads go up. Many are downtown and in Westside areas. Three of the four investigations opened in the last week focus on buildings with an image of the Statue of Liberty and the number 1969, the year McNeilly created his first mural, according to his company's website. The images also feature McNeilly's name. McNeilly did not respond to calls to his office on Wednesday. But in a lawsuit filed in August, McNeilly's company challenged Los Angeles' outdoor sign law, saying city officials were attempting to create a monopoly for themselves by continuing to allow advertising on municipal benches, restrooms and buildings, including Los Angeles International Airport. By allowing such exceptions to its sign laws, "the city has therefore granted itself unfettered discretion to grant or deny persons the right to engage in protected free speech through off-site signage on both public and private property," the lawsuit states. http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-signs1-2009jan01,0,7196511.story
Caltrans is looking into selling ads on the state's network of freeway message boards – the changeable, electronic signs that alert drivers to travel times and safety hazards. http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20081025/news_1n25freeway.html
freeway blogging; how to take back your country http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKiPg9KKfQw william tell overture
how to make a sign in 5 min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMyQlQZyZqE Ninth Symphony: Second Movement (Scherzo)
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kristapea55, January 13, 2005
Oh My GOD! I was so scared, my mouth was so dry. I started off before dawn so i could catch the morning rush hour and be more discreet. I had some scrap masonite and had painted a sign saying, "BorkAlito, Call your Senators". I felt an urgency to get this one out there so I had not had an opportunity to find the right spot for the type of sign I had. There are several small buttes around me that have great views of freeways but I had decided that my sign was too small for those so, I chose a freeway overpass close to my house. The first thing I learned was to post in a place that you can get to quickly and leave quickly. I had thought there was a place to park fairly close but I ended up parking in a city facility and hoofin' it almost half a mile with the sign straining my thumb and fingers. I wanted to keep it out of sight behind the 3 foot concrete wall so i did not carry it under my arm. And I know that lots of police officers gas up around there somewhere so that was making me nervous too. But, like the time I started up the down escalater at the movie theater and the ticket taker started yelling at me to stop, I hesitated, but realized I couldn't go back. I had to finish what i started. Especially when someone was telling me to stop(my fear/antipathy towards authority) So, I kept running up the down escalater and kept on with my sign, not caring that I felt like everyone was staring at me. I'm sure they didn't even notice me on their way to their cubicle jobs. I finally made it to the spot that would get the most visability and realized that the bottom fence railing would cut off "Senators". I had thought of drilling holes and wiring it to the fence but had decided that leaning it against the fence would be less conspicuous to a pedestrian or passer by than that. But I soon realized there aren't enough pedestrians or bike riders going by to really matter that much and the concrete wall would hide it from any drivers or cops. So I think that zip ties would work really well for this situation. Anyways, I ended up leaning the sign against the fencing and leaving it at that. I drove round to get onto the freeway so I could see how it looked but by the time I got there it had most likely fallen over. Hopefully a sympathetic pedestrian put it back up. I think I will bike to that site in the future with a fold up sign.