Re "City set to alter billboard stature" (Our Region, May 15): I urge the council to revise the proposed changes to the city's billboard statute. The current rules limited the intrusion of new billboards and helped to remove what is generally referred to as blight. More should come down.
Changeable billboards are both unattractive and distracting, and we have enough distracted drivers. At the very least, apply location criteria that protects the few views we have, especially our skyline and waterfronts.
Previous councils tried hard to make Sacramento more attractive, and these signs take us in the wrong direction.
If it's such a great idea and financially necessary for the construction of the area, maybe we could talk Roseville, Folsom, Elk Grove and other cities into placing them along their freeways and adding that revenue as a small contribution to this regional facility.
-- Heather Fargo, former mayor, Sacramento