City Hits Local Shops With $350 Sign Fines

Signs covering more than 10 percent of window space are in violation.

An inspector has slapped $350 fines on 10 of 16 mom-and-pop stores in a strip mall at Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Lassen Street for violation of the city sign ordinance. Some of those signs have been in existence for decades.

"It's a shakedown -- that's what I call it," Rusty Paramonov, owner of Exotic Fish and Reptiles, told Gregory J. Wilcox of the Daily News.

The cash-strapped city has raised more than $1.3 million in fines since February.

You can read the entire story here.

Allan November 06, 2011 at 10:50 PM
Alas, small business owners with a store on any street are at the mercy of the politics of higher regs and taxation. The big guys have seen the light and are fleeing the city and the state. Stores can't move.
Tee InvitationLady November 07, 2011 at 06:28 PM
this is the BIGGEST bs I ever heard - why don't they worry about MOLESTER and CHARGE THEM FEES FOR being Perverts!! and damaging innocent children... LA REALLY DOESN'T WANT ANY bUsiness in LA Counties.... they chase everyone away - no wonder we are in the TOLIET and it is flushing FAST
Harvey in S.O. November 07, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Readers, this may seem off-subject a bit, but I have noticed on the Patch and almost every other publication that allows comments [that is those I am personally aware of] there is a great divide in this country: those who want more govt regulations for business and those opposed to the oppressive environment govt is putting on all business wherever they are and whatever they do. There is a huge game going on between the two sides and the govt is officiating this game. Like tennis, one side serves the ball the other hits it back, and govt is the official in the tall chair overseeing the game. Only instead of one official there are 100s officiating each and every game. Translation: taxes, fees, licenses, permits, restrictions, limitations, etc. As long as people keep voting to keep the game going this will be our life until one side [total regulation] or the other [less govt intervention] wins. There are examples of countries all around the world where the total regulators have won: and you wouldnt want to live under any of those regimes [eg: Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, China, North Korea, any muslim country, etc. You get the picture]. What I don't get is why, given the freedoms we were fortunate to be born into, that so many of the voters want the regulators to win. They will sacrifice their freedom for control of the lives of others. This is the politics of envy and redistribution. You gotta fight them everywhere, even on the Patch. Let your voice be heard.
Lightnapper November 08, 2011 at 02:07 AM
"Fines and Fees"-- you mean like the impound fees and fines once generated by all DUI drivers in Los Angeles, but no longer applicable to "undocumented" DUI drivers because the LAPD and the City Council-- city agencies-- no longer feel it is "fair" to impound "their" vehicles and induce a financial hardship based upon "their irresponsibility." Total Malarky!
Lightnapper November 08, 2011 at 02:09 AM


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