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Investigate approval for 3 of 5 billboards at the Bay Bridge

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Thank you for denying Foster Media billboard application # 1 at the Bay Bridge. I am writing to ask you to investigate billboard applications 3-5 as there is fraudulent information in the applications and an on-the-ground investigation shows that at least billboard location #3 is newly landscaped.

As you are a public agency, we ask CalTrans to call for a moderated discussion with Foster Media (or other billboard companies) and Scenic East Bay to discuss CalTrans regulations, especially those related to "landscaped highway designation."

The proposed billboards will add to blighting the new 6.4 billion dollar Bay Bridge, create driver distraction and endanger lives. CalTrans must reject the applications from Foster Interstate Media based on enforcement of the Highway Beautification Act against digital billboards because of light pollution. A lawsuit has been filed in federal court demanding its enforcement by Scenic America. Digital billboards have also proven to endanger the lives of drivers. * CalTrans must deny the applications based on its own regulations including no "business activity" located within 1000 feet of proposed sites (fraudulently claimed in billboard applications #3-#5) and the fact that the proposed billboards are along a "landscaped highway" which will become even more landscaped once Gateway Park is developed. 

In 2012, the Oakland City Council paved the way for 5 additional super-bright billboards, a visual assault that will accost residents and visitors as they arrive over the new Bay Bridge into Oakland and the East Bay. The sweetheart deal with developers avoided all public process and was buried in some 900 pages of documentation. The deal grants developers and the billboard companies a 66-year lease and at least 60% of the expected revenues. Who benefits from this sale and commercialization of the public realm? Clearly not East Bay residents.



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