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Trutanich takes on SkyTag--at last


How liberty becomes trash tv: McNeilly's false patriotism fills LA with billboard blight for big bucks. Images courtesy Dennis Hathaway, banbillboardblight.org.


You have to wonder: what kept you? At any rate, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich finally did the right thing about supergraphics: he sued the City's leading offender, SkyTag of Beverly Hills.

SkyTag is high-stakes grifter Mike McNeilly's company that wraps freakish falsely patriotic pieces of garbage around buildings for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Dennis Hathaway notes:
One of the property owners named in the lawsuit that seeks damages of $2,500 for each day illegal signs were up at 17 separate locations is CIM Group, which has been responsible for high profile projects in Hollywood, including the Hollywood and Highland complex and the Sunset and Vine Tower. The politically-connected company is currently developing the Midtown Crossing Shopping Center between Pico and Venice Blvds. just east of LaBrea Ave, and has received millions in city subsidies for that project, as well as several in the Hollywood area.
McNeilly's m.o. has been to lead with a non-commercial patriotic image on a building, to try to establish a First Amendment right to free expression, which, once established, enables him to follow up with a more crassly commercial image. See his blighting of Miracle Mile for an example.