By Mary O’KEEFE
Last year the Crescenta Valley Town Council, working with Los Angeles County, notified business and property owners that they were to remove and not post in the future any signs or banners of upcoming events.
Organizations like Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce and many other non-profit organizations in the area complied with the request; however, lately residents have contacted CV Weekly who have noticed an increasing number of banners for both upcoming events and political candidates overtaking fences around Crescenta Valley.
“We understand that illegal signage is once again proliferating La Crescenta,” said Leslie Dickson, president of CVTC. “The CVTC has been working with L.A. County since 2015 to eliminate illegal signage in the area. The CVTC is not an enforcement entity and we are doing what we can to hear from residents and businesses.”
The recent concerns seemed to be focused on temporary signage, not business promotions.
Dickson said the best recourse for residents is to continue reporting the signs to L.A. County officials.
“This can be done by calling 211 or by reporting the illegal signage via the L.A. County app The Works. Code Enforcement conducts inspections in the area often; however, once a violation is discovered due process must be followed. L.A. County and Caltrans may only remove signage from their own property. Business owners and property owners must remove the signage.”
“L.A. County will first approach the business and property owner and eventually the owner of the banner/sign is contacted. In addition, election signs are governed by state law and have certain exemptions. Therefore, results will not be seen immediately,” she added.
The CVTC asked for residents’ help to continue reporting the illegal signage.
“In the meantime, we ask for your patience and understanding,” she said.