News Racks

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During the development of the 1996 Downtown Strategic Plan, a consensus arose that one of the things contributing to the blight of the Downtown area was the presence of uncontrolled news racks.  Understanding that news racks have a legal right to exist on the sidewalk, it was recommended that the City look for ways to reduce the number of news racks and/or require a uniform news rack design.

After meeting with the Downtown Business Association and the newspaper publishers on several occasions, the Public Works Department proposed a number of changes to the City's news rack program with a special emphasis on the Downtown area.   

Newsracks at Tomboys

  1816 Manhattan Beach Boulevard

After successful implementation in the Downtown area, the program was expanded to the El Porto area. Expansion through the remainder of the City took place during fiscal year 2004-05.

Program Summary

All news racks must be the K-Jack Engineering Model 50.

All news racks must be painted K-Jack standard color "Post Blue."

No more than 5 news rack spaces are allowed on any side of a block.

This means that no more than 10 news rack boxes are allowed on any side of a block because they can be stacked one atop of another.

News racks must be placed in pre-approved locations by the Public Works Director and pre-marked by 5/8" corner marks.

An annual permit fee and liability insurance is required for each news rack.

Program Summary - A summary of the news rack program

News Rack Permit Application (PDF)

To report news racks in need of maintenance or for questions about the News Rack Program, please submit a Service Request Form. For additional information about this program, please call the Public Works Department, Monday through Friday, between 08:00 AM and 04:30 PM at (310) 802-5300.

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