Tuesday, May 03, 2005

UPDATE: Los Angeles Billboard upset!

In a stunning turn of events, Clear Channel Communications has released this statement today regarding the 75 offensive billboards...

"In response to community feedback, Clear Channel Outdoor spoke with the local advertiser and reached agreement on revised ad copy. That copy is expected to be posted by 5/6/05. Anyone seeking further comment is invited to contact the TV station directly. Channel 62 phone 818-563-5722 from Lawson, Layne LayneLawson@clearchannel.com"

A press statement released by WilliamGheen, President of Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC):

To the legal citizens of Los Angeles and the great state of California. Today we have won a hard fought yet small battle in the broader effort to secure our borders and enforce our existing immigration laws.

These billboards were offensive because it has become apparent that there are large corporations encouraging rampant illegal immigration and there is a separatist movement within the illegal alien community that has stated on many occasions “It’s our land and we are taking it back.”

Please know that in the absence of significant national media coverage, most of America has been kept in the dark till now and is just waking up to our national illegal immigration crisis and the plight of our border states.

Word is getting through to the rest of us and we are now aware of your plight in California. Our hearts go out to you. Your state budget is destroyed. Your tax base is fleeing the state, your hospitals are closing and your schools and communities are becoming unstable under the weight of the largest wave of illegal immigration in our nations history.

Many others states are next in line to suffer the fate of California if we do not take action to secure our borders and enforce our existing immigration laws immediatly.

Please know that we stand with you California. Help is on the way from your fellow countrymen in the sovereign nation of the United States of America.

The home of the brave and the home of Los Angeles California.


Press converage:

INVASION USA
Public outrage kills 'L.A., Mexico' sign
Clear Channel says 'community feedback' prompted firm to rework billboard copy
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Posted: May 3, 2005
4:38 p.m. Eastern
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

Citing "community feedback," the advertising company responsible for a Los Angeles area billboard that places L.A. in Mexico has announced it will revise the ad by Friday.

As WorldNetDaily reported, a billboard ad for KRCA, channel 62, a Spanish-language news station, has the "CA" abbreviation after "Los Angeles" crossed out and the word "Mexico" added in its place in bold red letters.

In the center of the billboard, placed within the L.A. skyline, is an image of the Angel of Independence, a well-known monument in Mexico City, further suggesting the merging of Los Angeles and Mexico.

It also says, "Tu Ciudad. Tu Equipo," or "Your City. Your Team."

Activist group Americans for Legal Immigration first publicized the presence of the billboard along a Southern California freeway, prompting outrage from many in the L.A. area and across the country. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger weighed in last week, saying the billboard should come down.

"I think they should take it down immediately," Schwarzenegger told KFI radio.

William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration, is declaring victory after receiving an e-mail from Clear Channel. The note said:

"In response to community feedback, Clear Channel Outdoor spoke with the local advertiser and reached agreement on revised ad copy. That copy is expected to be posted by 5/6/05. Anyone seeking further comment is invited to contact the TV station directly. Channel 62 phone 818-563-5722."

A poster on the group's message board referred to Clear Channel's use of words in the e-mail, saying, "Community feedback? Ha! What a PC statement! More like community OUTRAGE."

Americans for Legal Immigration says there were 75 billboards placed in various places in the L.A. area.

Yesterday, the organization noted someone had placed a U.S. flag over the word Mexico on one of the billboards in protest.

In March, ClearChannel, announced a "Multicultural Sales and Marketing Initiative" to expand its focus on "serving the fast-growing U.S. Hispanic and African American population."