California Coastal Commission Chairwoman Bonnie Neely has asked her staff to investigate whether nine billboards along Humboldt Bay violate state law.
The signs are on the North Coast Railroad Authority right-of-way between Arcata and Eureka on U.S. Highway 101. But the rail authority doesn't want them there, and is trying to have them removed.
But billboard owner CBS Outdoor won't budge, according to county Supervisor Clif Clendenen, the county's representative to the NCRA board, despite a lawsuit the board has filed. Clendenen described CBS' retention of the billboards as “trespassing on public property.”