City Officials say the ad covering 10801 must come down today!
THIS SUMS UP THE PRESS CONFERENCE: As far as the fire hazard issue, Fry and other LAFD members said the signs could make access to the building by firefighters impossible. "Not only is this [Tropicana] sign illegal because it was put up after the city banned new signs, it is completely a danger to the lives of people working inside of it," said Weiss.Legal proceedings against the Westwood Blvd building's owner, Frank Rahban, will start if the Tropicana sign doesn't come down by tomorrow, according to City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo.
The news conference was called by Councilman Jack Weiss, a candidate for city attorney who recommended higher fines for property owners caught erecting unpermitted supergraphics. The maximum fine is $2,500 a day.
"We should make it a very clear business decision for them that even one day of an illegal sign costs them money," he said.
David Zahniser from the L.A. Times covered the story -- See L.A. Fire Officials Order Removal of More Supergraphics.
Too bad -- The folks that really needed to hear this info were not present -- The Frank Rahban and the owners of 10801, Lois Forshee-Agapay (building manager) and Joe Agapay, Tropicana and Pepsico reps and Barry Rush of World Wide Rush Signage.
In a statement, Attorney Joe Agapay say that the occupants of our building are not at any greater risk since this tarp went up. Well Capt. Kurt Fasmer of the LAPD at the meeting has a different viewpoint and said that Joe just doesn't understand the fire codes.
Also this can be seen and distributed on YouTube.