The northern California city of Albany – near Berkeley and San Francisco – was able to overturn a billboard ordinance the City Council had approved in March that would have allowed a digital billboard on a new maintenance building currently under construction. Scenic East Bay was able to advise them to work together and mount a successful grassroots campaign against the ordinance with help of Sierra Club and especially former City Council member Robert Cheasty.
Five members of the public spoke at the City Council meeting on July 21st, including one representative of the Sierra Club. They argued how digital billboards would adversely affect enjoyment of the waterfront, traffic safety, property values, and wildlife. Ultimately, four City Council members voted in favor of overturning ordinance. One council member voted against overturning it.
To finalize the ordinance change, there will be a confirmatory vote, most likely at the September 2nd City Council meeting. Monitor the Facebook page updates on the campaign.