San Jose leader calls for ‘complete halt’ on controversial plan for dozens of new billboards

The community has spoken — and it appears they have swayed San Jose leaders.

Faced with overwhelming opposition from residents across the city, San Jose officials are quickly pumping the breaks on a years-in-the-making plan to allow about 75 new digital billboards on private properties along freeways, as well as some smaller signs on private buildings and public land in the city’s downtown core.

Councilmember Raul Peralez, who for years has been the most vocal proponent of the plan, on Tuesday called for the city to “completely halt” the proposal and remove it from the city’s list of priorities — a distinction it had been given

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