Alameda County: I-580 Political Signs Spark Free Speech Fight
Michael Shaw was recently interviewed by Matt O’Brien, a reporter with the Bay Area News Group, regarding the billboards along I-580 in Alameda County, CA. The article was published in print form in the Oakland Tribune and appears in several online news publications including the Contra Costa Times, Inside Bay Area, and the San Jose Mercury News.
CASTRO VALLEY — Property rights activist Michael Shaw says the freeway billboards he erected this summer are a warning against a global government plot to abolish private property and crowd Americans into dense housing.
Alameda County says the unauthorized signs are “an assault on (the) visual senses” of Interstate 580 commuters. It wants them removed.
The two sides are now locked in a legal battle. So far, Shaw is winning.
Read the full article here.
I-580 Billboards Captured in Drone Flight Video
Victory for Plaintiffs Michael Shaw and Citizens for Free Speech!
In a major victory for Michael Shaw and Citizens for Free Speech, the U.S. District Court (Northern District of California) has granted an injunction against Alameda County and ruled that the County’s zoning ordinance is facially unconstitutional and that their provisions cannot be used to regulate the speech of anyone in the unincorporated areas of the County.
When the billboards originally went up on June 3, a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) was filed in District Court and that motion was granted. On August 5, the Court granted a preliminary injunction and stated, “The Zoning Ordinance Gives Officials Too Much Discretion in Approving or Disapproving Signs Based on Their Content.”
The substantive victory already achieved will be greatly enhanced if all citizens and businesses in Alameda County are freed from the County’s tyranny of over-regulation.
Coming Second Quarter 2015
Summary Motion to be issued by the Court (final trial court action).
Read the Court Documents here:
Stipulation and Order Granting Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) – filed 6/16/14
Order Granting Motion for Preliminary Injunction – filed 8/05/14
Preliminary Injunction – filed 9/04/14
Read the Press Releases here:
- Major Billboard Protest Exposes One Bay Area Plan (June 3, 2014)
- County Of Alameda Succumbs To Billboard Temporary Restraining Order (June 23, 1014)
- Citizens for Free Speech Granted Injunction Against Alameda County as I-580 Billboards are Protected by Federal Court (August 5, 2014)
Pictures of I-580 Billboards