Metro Pointe's Looming LED Lights to Make Bright Stretch of 405 Freeway Even Brighter

If the nightly light show known as TBN headquarters is not enough of a distraction for drivers on that stretch of the 405 freeway in Costa Mesa, fear not, more bright lights are coming to the other side of the freeway.

The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday approved a pair of giant LED signs atop 40-foot pylons at the Metro Pointe shopping center along the 405.

Don't worry, Costa Mesans, you won't be able to see the signs from your homes. Well, some of you will if you are on your roofs. But proponents swear they are designed to only be picked up by the eyes of 405 drivers and passengers.

Council and city staff members swear the signs will only promote Metro Pointe tenants and not events, and that they will feature no animation so they won't be as obnoxious as the LED lights found on the Las Vegas strip (and along the 405 in Westminster and Huntington Beach).

The Los Angeles Times reports Councilman Steve Mensinger recused himself from the sign discussion, citing a financial interest with Metro Pointe's owner Arnel Development.

Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer, who used to work for and received campaign donations from Arnel's owner George Argyros, did vote for the signs. But not until the mayor got the other voting council members to go along with lowering the pylons holding the signs from 53 feet, as permitted by city planners, to 40 feet.

Righeimer reasoned that would put the signs at the same height as the South Coast Collection (SOCO) center just up the 405 from Metro Pointe.

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JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

I guess seeing the stars in the sky is completely out of the question any more

Michael Moon
Michael Moon

Our city council and planning commission have a great sense of what it takes to make a town beautiful don't they?

Paul Valeriano
Paul Valeriano

Donate a year's electric bill to the homeless instead of this waste of $$$$!

Gerardo Robles
Gerardo Robles

Fuck you fag. That tbn shithole is corrupt like Calvary chappel church.

Benjamin Cleveland
Benjamin Cleveland

I bet you thought you were so cool tagging your bull shit all over the place too

Anthony Garcia
Anthony Garcia

Pretty soon it's going to be like that drive up the 15 as you enter Vegas.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Of course big companies are allowed to build big, obnoxious flashing signs next to freeways. But little businesses who don't follow city regulations to the letter regarding signs get harassed and fined...even if the sign in question isn't causing harm to anyone!

Dorian Jones
Dorian Jones

And Gerardo, that low class tagging shit you did has driven middle class to other states... but I'm sure you're probably a racist and think it's just white people who hate Mexicans and that the Mexicans who left partially for that reason are Uncle Toms, when in reality it was it was just middle class escaping low iq rubes who like to commit crime.

Anthony Garcia
Anthony Garcia

This little light of mine... I'm gonna let it shine...

Janina Uhmm
Janina Uhmm

How are the lights from the Costa Mesa Tbn location distracting unless you freakin have A.D.D.?? One thing is to not be fond of the whole Tbn or religion thing, but wtfs so distracting that youre gonna crash

Gerardo Robles
Gerardo Robles

Fuck that shithole. I remember tagging the walls on that place when I was a kid

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@FishWithoutBicycleGood point, I'd love to see the data on how many traffic accidents were caused by the Johnny's Saloon sign honoring vets vs. big LED signs next to freeways honoring Pac Sun board shorts.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

So the way that you solve that problem is to not have the sign.

In other circles that's called extortion and it's illegal.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@tongue_twister_for_t 

Sure, not having the sign is the simplest answer...but it still seems to me that city codes regarding signage are selectively enforced, which is not fair either.

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