Trial Rescheduled in Reno: Scenic Nevada's trial against the city now starts 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24.
Judge Patrick Flanagan requested the delay to give him time to review the 111 trial exhibits submitted to the court Tuesday. Trial had been set to begin Thursday, Feb. 20.
Scenic Nevada filed its lawsuit in November 2012 in Washoe County District Court. The city attempted but failed to get the lawsuit thrown out three times; in each instance, Judge Flanagan allowed the lawsuit to proceed.
Washoe County prohibits digital billboards and so did Reno – until the Reno City Council unanimously approved digitals in October 2012, shortly before four members left the council due to term limits. In the Truckee Meadows, two or three digital billboards have been constructed on Indian-controlled land; four have been erected in Sparks.
Billboards contribute to blight, mar scenic views, negatively impact property values and affect the quality of life in neighborhoods. Digital signs are even more intrusive, using far too much energy and distracting drivers with flashing, brightly lit advertisements, flipping every eight seconds, night and day.
Thanks to our many members, supporters and friends who contributed this year. To become a member or donate go to www.scenicnevada.org and click Donate.