CORRECTION: Counterfeit City Signs Removed
An earlier version of this story indicated that the Los Angeles Police Dept. and the Los Angeles Dept. of Transportation were alerted about the fake signs on 5th Street and had the signs removed. According to Estevan Montemayor, a spokesperson for the Council District 4 office, Nikki Ezhari, a Senior Field Deputy for Los Angeles Councilmember David Ryu, arrived on the scene first and removed the signs herself. We regret the error. All the illegal signs are now gone.
A group of signs prohibiting parking and loitering on one block of a Windsor Square street were determined to be fake by the city and have been removed, with the exception of one.
According to officer Pedro Cordero of the Los Angeles Police Dept. the signs, which were placed on 5th Street between Arden and Lucerne boulevards, were fake.
“I checked with [Dept. of Transportation] city engineers who said the signs were not city signs,” wrote Cordero in an email.
According to an anonymous tip to the Larchmont Ledger, the signs went up in late August.
Some of the signs, which read “No Loitering—Police Enforced” and “Parking by Permit Only,” looked official as they were posted next to pre-existing no parking signs. However, one sign, “Smile, You’re on Camera—No Loitering” was merely hung with wires around a tree.
The remaining sign was erroneously missed when the others were removed, and is expected to be taken down soon.
The phenomena of posting fake signs is common across the nation. According to a representative from the Los Angeles Dept. of Transportation, such counterfeit signs are illegal. However, the representative said it was unlikely any further action would be taken on the issue.