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A DIGITAL BILLBOARD THREATENS: WAKE UP ALBANY!



Hello neighbors,
Twinkle, twinkle ......Digital Billboard.....
A huge Digital Billboard looms over your future in Albany.  The City is planning toinstall one at their new public works building at 540 Cleveland (near our shoreline) without due regardto the great harm it will do to the community and the environment.   
For more information see: 
http://www.stopthedigitalbillboard.org/
PLEASE:  ATTEND AND SPEAK at the City Council Meeting on JUNE 9th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at                 1000 San Pablo, Albany.
                 Your appearance at this meeting IS THE MOST IMPORTANT  ACTION                  you can take.


The June 9th City Council meeting will likely be our best and only chance to change the City’s digital billboard plan at 540 Cleveland, and reverse the new code changes. Your attendance and voice at that meeting is crucial. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Dee Jacobson      
Mr Eous June 02, 2014 at 02:23 PM
The only thing scarier than junk science is radical religious fundamentalism. I don't have a view of the Bay so I guess I wouldn't know, but there has been a digital sign at Pacific East Mall for over 10 years and I don't see birds dropping to the ground. Good luck at the City Council meeting, but if a city can't erect a revenue-generating billboard in a commercial zone (which predates the construction of the condos, I might add) you know you're in trouble.
Dee June 02, 2014 at 02:36 PM
NIMBY!
Dee June 02, 2014 at 04:07 PM
There is an old saying about "cutting off your nose to spite your face". My mother used to use it and it comes to mind here when I read these comments. It is not just MY VIEW that will be tarnished but ALL VIEWS. Even is ones particular home doesn't have a bay view, the view from hilltops, roads and other open spaces will be affected. Rationalizing another pollution because of an existing one again makes no sense at all. And revenue-generation by a City must be in the best interest of the whole community that the city serves and not just the interests of the City government or some influential part of it. It should not cause harm. The City actually CHANGED the rules last Fall so that it could do this thing and did its best to keep it all quiet and "under the radar". There should not be two cities divided by Albany Hill. There should be one Albany! One community. One "Urban Village By The Bay" that we all live in and share. Attend the City Council meeting on Mon. JUNE 9th at 7:30 at 1000 San Pablo and speak. Hopefully you will tell them to say NO to Digital Billboards now and in the future.
Dave June 02, 2014 at 11:02 PM
Dee, I really don't want to have to look at the billboard either, what chaps my backside is when people throw out endangering protected species to get their point across. Especially when they obviously don't have a clue about what their trying to protect.
Ellen Hershey June 03, 2014 at 01:23 PM
Visual impacts including light pollution are impacts that certainly are recognized as legitimate concerns by the California Environmental Quality Act. I'm not an environmental law attorney but I've participated as a citizen in three CEQA reviews of proposed development projects in my neighborhood. It's perfectly legitimate to protest a proposed project because it will ruin a view or produce unwanted glare from nighttime lights.

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