A real estate company that has secured $28 million in taxpayer subsidies from the city of Los Angeles has agreed to take down five unpermitted supergraphics, or vinyl images, from the sides of buildings in Hollywood.

CIM Group has become a symbol of the city's inability to get a handle on its unpermitted signs, even those placed on buildings whose owners have received millions of dollars in taxpayer support.

The multistory images have gone up even as CIM Group seeks permission to erect 11 new supergraphic advertisements at a shopping center on Pico Boulevard in Mid-City. Faced with a growing backlash, CIM Group wrote Council President Eric Garcetti on Feb. 27 agreeing to take down the supergraphics. The company said it believed in "good faith" that the images were legal when they were installed.

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