Your Fox Hills Neighborhood Association is taking a stand against the proposed billboards in Fox Hills. The Carlyle Group wants to put up large digital and static billboards by the 405 and 90 freeway to benefit from the Silicon Beach traffic in that area. Culver City will gain a 10% profit from this ($420,000/year). Is this worth what could potentially harm our local community? Please read Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells article at http://meghansahliwells.com/ morebillboards/ to learn more about this action increasing litigation, loss of control and undermining our “Brand” as a city. For example, if Culver City Council approves the billboards, it will open up Culver City to future lawsuits because other billboard companies will want an exception to put billboards in Culver City.
At City Hall, on Monday, May 11th at 7pm, our Culver City Council will be presented the “Hospitality and Entertainment District” survey results by the Carlyle Group and Placeworks. Some of the results are below:
In their presentation, they do not show where the signage will be other then on the sides of the hotels. Below is a link to their original plan showing where the digital boards (some double sided) will be:
As stated on their “Proposed Vision” presentation on page 12:
“Revenue generated from these signs provides a source of funding for streetscape improvements, development of public plazas and open spaces, and bicycle share programs.”
What you can do:
– Forward this email to fellow Culver City residents
– Attend the Monday, May 11th at 7pm Culver City Council Meeting at City Hall
Thank you for your time,
Fox Hills Neighborhood Association
Our president, Paula Keating, was recently interviewed by the Culver City Observer. See the article below:
Currently Culver City bans billboards. The Carlyle Group, an investment firm, wants to advertise to the new traffic coming into the Playa Vista Silicon Beach area. Once there is an ordinance for Culver City to allow billboards in Fox Hills, it opens up the rest of Culver City to more digital billboards or lawsuits. We are trying to stop these large digital double-sided 14 ft x 48 ft billboards from initially occurring in Fox Hills and affecting the rest of Culver City. Culver City will make only $420,000/year if they allow this. The Carlyle Group will make $3,780,000/year once they put up these billboards. They are attaching the “visioning” of other improvements to Fox Hills, but none of the improvements will take place without the billboards. Right now our Mayor, Meghan Sahli-Wells, is the only member of the city council to vote against studying the proposal for the hospitality and entertainment plan.
The Project includes ten sign faces; 5 are electronic and 5 are static. All faces (with the exception of the static face on the hotel building, the size to be determined) are 14 ft height x 48 ft length.
Original Plan for billboards from the Carlyle Group – link
New “Vision” Proposal from Carlyle Group – link
Please Note – – The Carlyle Group owns the Double Hotel and some property surrounding it, but does not own all the land they are “visioning” to change. They cannot make any of these changes unless they buy the land, or according to Placeworks*, suggest that the current business owners make these changes after the survey results are presented.*Placeworks has been hired by Culver City to oversee the “visioning” process for the developers.
Meghan Sahli-Wells, Culver City Mayor – Why She is Against the Billboards
Meeting with Chamber of Commerce – link
No Billboards in Culver City Facebook Page – link
Petition to ban billboards in Culver – link
Articles Regarding Billboard Proposal in Culver City