The fight to free San Francisco’s skies from advertising has taken a … small … step forward.
But it’s a step.
On Monday the Board of Supervisors’ Land Use and Economic Development Committee considered a measure by Jane Kim and John Avalos to ban all aerial advertising in San Francisco. (The measure came out of discussions with the San Francisco Institute of Possibility’s board.)
It should have been a slam dunk – but instead it’s on the slow and scenic legislative path, the kind that doesn’t always get where it’s going. (Cough cough: immigration reform.)
According to reports, committee member David Chiu (famous for being the Guardian’s most favorite supervisor in 2008, 2010, and 2013, and its least favorite supervisor in 2009, 2011, and 2012), has been considering adding an amendment that would exempt any plane with an FAA waiver from the proposed law.
Since almost any advertiser with the wherewithal to hire a plane would have the clout to get an FAA waiver, this would render the anti-sky advertising bill almost worthless.
Now, San Francisco has passed a number of worthless laws in recent history (cough cough: dog walking regulations), but do we need to water down good laws?
No! Let’s keep our laws useful – and our skies advertising free!
We believe that the same City Attorney who so ably defended marriage equity against deep-pocketed conservative interests can defend San Francisco’s skies against deep-pocketed commercial interests, should it come down to that.
The skies belong to us: and we say, no ads.
Here’s what we need from you: if you know who your supervisor is, send them an email or give them a call and tell them you support measure #130744 (the Aerial Signs and Advertising act) as proposed. Tell them you don’t want any amendments. Tell them you want advertising free skies, and you mean it.
Or, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and say the same thing – that goes to every supervisor on the board.
We need your help: the supervisors need to know that this is something the people of San Francisco want. Help us out!