By: Kim Constantine
Widespread awareness all over Southern California is needed about a proposed project….
It’s that of a 65′ high Clear Channel electronic message board with 30-year lease proposed for near the Fountain Valley water tank on Ellis at the 405 Freeway South (10955 Ellis Avenue, Fountain Valley). This towering sign will be seen far and wide…. into Costa Mesa.
Many Fountain Valley and Costa Mesa residents are very much opposed to this project not only for the static, commercial ads to be broadcast for 8 seconds each (more than 10,000 impressions per day), also that they will be able to see this towering sign from their homes. There is much talk of property values being negatively impacted besides dozens of other reasons for the City of Fountain Valley to walk away from this project while they still can.
With Fountain Valley’s extremely restrictive signage laws, many people are scratching their heads on this one…. that it would even be a consideration. Additionally, there is so much on the internet regarding Clear Channel’s less than stellar reputation, why Fountain Valley would want to be locked in with them for the next 30 years is beyond belief.
This project proposal remains in the hands of 5 City Council members.
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Patrick Tucker – Look up FV Municipal Code…..plain and simple, the sign does not conform to current codes and FV Ordinances……I don’t care about the sign, I care about adhering to laws and ordinances by ALL
Patrick Tucker – That’s part of it Reed Perkins, the other issue is a FV Ordinance also restricts signs on Public property. Nowhere in the code does it allow for private signs on government property, it even goes as far as banning all private signs on public property, even election campaign signs
Patrick Tucker – The sole reason I am against it is FV has had extremely restrictive sign and banner laws for years. FV Municipal Code prohibits LED lights, but the City thinks they are above us peasants and peons and can change code to meet their fancy……it’s hypocritical thinking by elitists, and also against FVMC.
Only governmental signs may be placed on public property by FV Ordinance, not private advertising signs……it’s the LAW, it must be enforced or who knows what will happen……??? Anarchy???
Here’s the most current plan…..
Proposed plans for a 65′ high Clear Channel electronic message board of 672 sq. ft. (each face) with 850,000 lights and 48″ pole diameter has been in the works for quite some time and is now in the hands of the Fountain Valley City Council.
This electronic message board would be placed near the Fountain Valley water tank at Euclid / Ellis at the 405 freeway. This towering sign will be seen far and wide….into Costa Mesa. It will broadcast commercial, static ads for 8 seconds each. In the event of an Amber Alert or other emergency, that would be broadcast instead. There’s already a sign on this freeway for these types of emergency alerts. Similar existing signage in Costa Mesa at 23′ and 31′. Yet ours is planned for a towering 65′ tall…. 34 – 42 feet higher!
Yes, this proposed electronic message board with a 30-year lease with Clear Channel is a very serious issue for both Fountain Valley and Costa Mesa and will adversely affect property values and will be yet another driver distraction. The latest revision includes plans for it to be moved 200 feet to the west of the original proposed location.
The Fountain Valley Planning Commission unanimously rejected the project as stated, along with very large number of Costa Mesa residents speaking against it. The project now continues on to City Council, though. There are some campaign donations involved, as well.
We do not yet have proposed specifications for the Clear Channel electronic message boards for the Fountain Valley Recreation Center. They will be approximately 4′ x 4′ though near ground level.
While the correct 30-year revenue projection is expected to be $6,193,315, at least one Fountain Valley resident, Kim Constantine (who ran for Fountain Valley City Council last year and will run again in 2016), is very much opposed to this “revenue tease at the expense of our Costa Mesa neighbors”. “I expect better than this from Fountain Valley”.
So your voice is heard…
- E-mail the City Manager at Fountain Valley City Hall: email@example.com or write Bob Hall, Fountain Valley City Manager, Fountain Valley City Hall, 10200 Slater Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708.
- Attend and speak at the Fountain Valley City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6 p.m., on this agenda item. Fountain Valley City Hall is at 10200 Slater Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708. To speak at the Tuesday, October 20 Fountain Valley City Council Meeting, you will fill out a blue speaker card available in the lobby, have 3 minutes to speak.