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Is $1-million bail for alleged supergraphic violator justice or overkill? Share your view

March 1, 2010 |  1:20 pm


There are many in L.A. who think there are far too many billboards and supergraphics dotting the landscape.

But when one businessman was accused of illegally erecting a supergraphic on Hollywood Boulevard, the city attorney's office didn't mess around.

Officials jailed Kayvan Setareh, 49, of Pacific Palisades on $1-million bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon.

Setareh is accused of three misdemeanor city code violations, two of them related to the city sign law --

Talk back L.A.and as a result, the high bail amount has raised eyebrows.

The arrest was an unusually aggressive move by Trutanich and comes less than a week after the city attorney filed a separate lawsuit involving more than a dozen other supergraphics scattered across the city. Just days after that lawsuit was filed, workers used bolts and wire to wrap the new ad around the face of a 1928 office building on the northeast corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

"The days of lax and inconsistent enforcement of billboard and outdoor advertising laws in this city are over," Trutanich said in a statement.

What do you think about Trutanich's action? Is he finally cracking down? Or it this overkill? Share your view.

Photo: Kayvan Setareh was arrested after a supergraphic was plastered on the First National Bank building in Hollywood. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times