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Orange County wants to state the obvious

June 10, 2008 |  3:09 pm

Oc We always thought the perfect symbol of Orange County was a black Mercedes SUV wedged into a compact parking space at South Coast Plaza. But the folks at the Orange County Transit Authority have a different idea. They are planning to spend $250,000 on a monument sign to make certain that motorists on the 5 Freeway know for sure that they are leaving Los Angeles behind and crossing the county line (as if the newly widened freeway on the O.C. side is not enough of a reminder).

But, as The Times' David Reyes points out, the transit authority board members had mixed opinions about the proposed 18-foot-high sign, which features "ORANGE COUNTY" spelled out in 3- and 4-foot-high letters set on stone towers. "Kind of stodgy," said one. "Maybe it needs to be peppier," said another.

OK. So maybe the monument sign does look like the entrance to just another South County gated community. Help them out. How would you let motorist know you have entered the O.C.?

--Jesus Sanchez