Fire inspectors order removal of supergraphics
Los Angeles fire inspectors said this afternoon that they have ordered the owners of nearly 20 buildings to remove supergraphics -- huge vinyl or plastic images stretched across the exterior of their properties.
In the last several weeks, fire officials said 15 of the controversial out-sized banners have been taken down.
An additional 100 supergraphics in downtown, the Westside, the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere are under investigation for posing a hazard to the building's occupants.
Fire officials discussed the crackdown as they stood next to a six-story supergraphic advertising Tropicana orange juice on National Boulevard near Westwood Boulevard.
"This would take a fire from the first floor to the top in no time at all," said Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Kurt Fasmer.
The news conference was called by Councilman Jack Weiss, a candidate for city attorney, who recommended higher fines for property owners caught erecting illegal supergraphics.
Weiss said the maximum fine is $2,500 a day. An awkward moment came when City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo, who is termed-out of his current job but is considering a second run for state attorney general, crashed the event.
Weiss refused to let Delgadillo speak at the lectern. Instead, Delgadillo spoke one-on-one with reporters about his plan to prosecute the owner of the building where the Tropicana ad was displayed.
-- David Zahniser
Photo credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times