‘Intent on ignoring the public’: San Jose plans to add more digital billboards

In what could mark the end of a 36-year-old ban on new billboards across San Jose, large LED-illuminated signs may soon be built along Highway 101 despite staunch opposition by residents.

San Jose quietly unveiled plans this week to enter an agreement with the media company Clear Channel, allowing them to build two new electronic billboards — each measuring 1,000 square feet in size — along the highway on Mineta San Jose International Airport property.

The release of the draft proposal comes just four months after a city survey revealed that nearly 93% of San Jose residents opposed allowing new digital billboards to be built along freeways in the city.


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