Mayor Karen Bass rescinds former Mayor Garcetti’s final executive order to light a Hollywood sign

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Mayor Karen Bass has reversed former Mayor Eric Garcetti’s last executive directive that would have created a program to light up the Hollywood sign, a Bass representative confirmed.

The Los Angeles Times first reported that Bass dropped the policy Wednesday, citing a memo she wrote to city officials that said there would be no replacement order.

Garcetti signed the policy on December 11, his last day in office. The city charter states that executive policies become effective 15 days after publication and “are binding on all departments, commissions, appointed officers and employees of the city” unless “revised or rescinded by the mayor.”

Zach Seidl of Bass’ office confirmed to the City News Service that Bass lifted the order “because of concerns about the legality of the order.”

Garcetti’s directive would have launched an 18-month pilot program to allow the world-famous sign to be lit. It requested a report to the city council on the impact of the pilot project and its success after 18 months.

Some nearby residents have opposed the sign’s lighting over concerns about traffic and safety and possible impact on wildlife, according to The Times. A representative for Garcetti declined to comment.

The Hollywood sign turns 100 next year, Garcetti noted in his statement. Garcetti said the nonprofit that oversees the sign, the Hollywood Sign Trust, has been “testing new technology that will allow the sign to be viewed at night on special occasions.”

In response to neighbors’ concerns, the policy claims that testing “has shown how new technology can focus lights and help reduce the impact of lights on wildlife and ambient lights on local residents”.

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