The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday extended for 45 days a temporary moratorium on new billboards, building supergraphics and digital billboards in order to give the city more time to update the city's sign ordinance.

The original moratorium, which was set to expire on March 26, was approved in December following a citizen uproar over a flurry of new digital billboards and supergraphics, especially on the Westside, Hollywood and parts of the San Fernando Valley. Council members said city staff needed more time to craft regulations that could withstand court challenges from the sign industry, which has been successful in the past in blocking stricter regulation.

Since moratorium was passed, several new billboards and supergraphics have appeared, some of which have been taken down after protests from residents and city officials.

Last week, the city Planning Commission delayed a vote on a new ordinance for a month to give neighborhood groups, merchants and the sign industry more time to comment. That prompted the council extend on the moratorium until May 10.

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