FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2011

Contact:
David Leibowitz
(602) 317-1414
david@leibowitzsolo.com


12,500 REASONS TO VOTE NO: ANTI-BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN AMASSES 12,500 SIGNATURES BEFORE WEDS. COUNCIL VOTE
BALLOT CAMPAIGN GATHERS STEAM AS CITY HALL SEEKS TO EXPAND BILLBOARDS; PRESS BRIEFING AS 12/7 COUNCIL VOTE LOOMS

PHOENIX, AZ – Just two days before a crucial Wednesday vote of Phoenix City Council – a vote that could drastically expand enormous billboards all over the City – the campaign to let voters ban new billboards in Phoenix will brief the Valley media about a significant milestone: Already, only three weeks into the campaign, Save Phoenix Views has collected more than 12,500 signatures to put the initiative on the ballot.

“We want to make sure the Phoenix City Council hears us loud and clear before they vote Wednesday: Residents don’t want new billboards near their homes or spoiling our mountain preserves and beautiful views,” said Jim Mapstead, volunteer chairman of Save Phoenix Views. “We don’t need more 70-foot-tall TVs on a stick to distract drivers or more eyesores to ruin the beauty that makes Phoenix special.”

The Save Phoenix Views initiative – which needs about 25,000 signatures to get on the ballot – bans the construction of new billboards in the City as well as the modification or conversion of existing conventional billboards into digital billboards. The ballot measure will have zero impact on on-premise business signage.

The Phoenix City Council is currently scheduled to vote on a new, more liberal set of billboard regulations at its December 7, 2011 meeting. That proposal, which would open up new freeways to billboards and which includes loopholes that could vastly increase the number of billboards in the City, prompted the initiative.

“This new law is exactly the opposite of what the City should do. Instead of potentially adding hundreds more billboards, Council should restrict new billboard construction,” said Mapstead. “The unfortunate thing is, their failure will force voters to hold a special election to do their job.”

Mapstead, the campaign chairman, will be available to discuss the vote and the initiative at a signature gathering station in Phoenix.

WHAT: MEDIA AVAILABLITY AND BRIEFING ON ANTI-BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN
WHO: Chairman Jim Mapstead and Save Phoenix Views signature gatherers
WHERE: Mesquite Library, 4525 E Paradise Village Parkway N, Phoenix 85032
WHEN: Monday, December 5, 2011 from 10 am to 11 am.

For more information, please contact David Leibowitz at 602.317.1414.

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