City Council members this week failed to reach consensus on possible changes to a years-old rule designed to push out large free-standing business signs.
About 60 businesses throughout Glendale — from fast-food restaurants to hair salons — currently can't change what large pole signs advertising their business say unless they replace the structures with smaller ones, which could cost thousands of dollars.
Planning commissioners had recommended keeping the rules in place, contending the signs are out of whack and unsightly. But the City Council on Tuesday was split on how to approach the issue.
“I don’t know exactly what the compromise is,” said Mayor Laura Friedman. “I feel very torn about this.”
Under the current rules, if a new business moves in, it can't remove the prior tenant's sign face without also getting rid of the oversized pole, many of which have been in place for 25 years. Leaving a sign empty after moving also isn't allowed, but happens often.