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Bail posted for couple accused of installing illegal supergraphic

March 4, 2010 |  4:32 pm
A husband and wife accused of installing unpermitted supergraphics on Hollywood Boulevard posted a combined $200,000 bail Thursday in the latest outdoor advertising case filed by Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich.

Alexander Kouba, 36, and France Luanghy, 41, did not surrender to the court as their lawyer originally predicted. Attorney Steve Madison appeared on their behalf and an arraignment was scheduled for April 30.

Kouba and Luanghy face allegations that they allowed five unpermitted supergrahpics to go up on two buildings in Hollywood — one at 6800 Hollywood Blvd. and one at 6810-6820 Hollywood Blvd. The case was filed days after a Pacific Palisades man was jailed on $1-million bail on allegations that he installed an eight-story supergraphic at Hollywood and Highland.

Assistant  City Atty. Jose Egurbide said that in the newest case, supergraphic sign structures at the two Hollywood Boulevard locations were reviewed by a Fire Department captain and a building inspector and found to be dangerous and substandard.

Madison said the signs have been up for years and have been approved by the Fire Department and a structural engineer. He also said that the city already has a 3-year-old case pending on 6800 Hollywood and 6810-20 Hollywood.

Luanghy and Kouba were identified by prosecutors as part of the Community Redevelopment Assn., a sign company that has sued to challenge previous city sign laws. They and their company, which sometimes goes by the name Liberty Media, are among eight defendants in the case.

Four of the defendants are businesses and four are individuals.

Prosecutors also secured a $250,000 arrest warrant for Mazen Nazzal, whom they identified as the owner of 6800 and 6810-20 Hollywood Blvd. A $100,000 warrant was obtained for Thomas Curtin, who was described as a head of the Paramount-based company Hangtime Installers.

Each defendant faces 10 misdemeanor counts of violating the city’s misdemeanor code, including the installation of unpermitted supergraphics.

— David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall