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A Los Angeles Department of Transportation spokesman said the Hollywoodland Homeowners Association (HHA) had the right to personally remove those controversial tourist-directing signs to clarify the outstanding issues caused by tourist-related problems.
Bruce Gillman, spokesman for LADOT said yesterday the signs belonged to the HHA and he doesn’t believe the association needed to tell the LADOT before taking them down. The issue of the signs’ removal was brought up at Monday night’s Hollywood United Neighborhood Council (HUNC) subcommittee meeting.
From the city’s point of view, the HHA owns the signs. Gillman doesn’t believe there was a LADOT application removal process for taking down these type of signs. And while the LADOT worked with the HHA on the design and location of the signs, the LADOT didn’t install or remove the signs. Instead, the name of a LADOT-approved contractor was suggested to the HHA for the installation and removal.
Michelle Vargas, spokesperson for the Department of Public Works, says under normal circumstances, an applicant goes through the Department of Public Works to apply for permits for signs that are in the public right of way. But in this case, the LADOT was helping lead the effort, according to Vargas, essentially going around the Department of Public Works. Vargas characterized the HHA’s process of obtaining the signs as a “different” approach, but not incorrect.
Meanwhile, Carolyn Ramsay, spokesperson for the City Councilman Tom LaBonge, said that she will support whatever solution is agreed upon by the neighborhood, of the ongoing effort by all groups to come solve the tourism issue.
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Source: Curbed LA