Martin Outdoor Advertising began installing new bus benches in Mar Vista this week as part of its contract to replace more than 6,000 benches citywide. The company won the contract to replace the old concrete benches and street garbage cans last August in a city council vote marred by allegations that the previous contract holder was influencing a council member.
The new benches are green with a large flat back for advertising. The company has agreed to pay the city $2.6 million over 10 years in exchange for installing and maintaining the benches and the right to sell the advertising space on them.
Steve Wallace, South Mar Vista Neighborhood Association President is not a fan of the new seats. Wallace says of the benches, “They are ugly. They are a horrendous color.
They do not fit the character of Mar Vista.”
He thinks residents should call their city council members to complain about the esthetics of the benches.
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