LA Citybeat reports on a new law that will impose a $21.69 permit fee on every free-standing newsrack in the city (how’d they come up with that number?) and mandate that all racks be painted a standard color over the next seven years, as well as limited to sixteen per block face, one rack per publication. The standard color will be green, which I think is a good choice, because it’ll help compensate for the lack of trees in many LA neighborhoods.
Citybeat reports that a coalition of publications formed to fight this ordinance fell apart when the LA Times withdrew its objections. (If I understand the ordinance correctly, since the LAT racks are sized correctly and already green– though, really, they’re more brownish, don’t you think?– they won’t need to be retrofitted) Curiously, the article doesn’t discuss the impact this will have on those free escort-ad papers which, by my count, comprise about thirty percent of newsrack content in the city.
(link via L.A. Observed)