Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

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Are pole signs now allowed within the City of Santa Barbara? The newly remodeled Fuel Depot, former Mobil station, on Las Positas next to Highway 101 has a new pole sign. I never read that this ban was removed.


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Photo of the same intersection in 2012.

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holazola Jun 29, 2020 09:13 AM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

I was surprised, but I think that is county property, not city. See Here:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Santa+Barbara,+CA/@34.4239159,-119.7463193,13.81z

SouthCoastPhoto Jun 29, 2020 09:29 AM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

I recall a pole sign being at that location for the longest time, perhaps there wasn't anything in it being advertised or it was saying "Mobil" from the previous station. There is a sign there dating back to March of 2012 based on Google Street View. And yes, this parcel is in the County, not the City.

tagdes Jun 29, 2020 11:00 AM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

OK....someone thought pole signs are banned in the city of SB.....yes they are banned there. Problem is poster complains when there never was an issue because the signs in question are in the County. Typical lets start complaining rather than Oh, why bother that there is no problem.

sacjon Jun 29, 2020 11:09 AM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

Why are pole signs banned? How else would you post a sign? Are there really complaints about the structure used to hold a sign? I just don't get it.

a-1593456551 Jun 29, 2020 11:49 AM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

Someone just noticed something for the first time (it's been there for decades) and wants to have it banned and removed.

a-1593462337 Jun 29, 2020 01:25 PM
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Tag - Yay, someone's complaining. Now we can complaining about that!

Eggs Ackley Jul 03, 2020 05:10 PM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

@SACJON Why do you live in SB? Appreciate the fact that there are no billboards and minimal pole signs, not to mention high rise hotels and apartments. There are examples of alternatives all over. If history is your thing suggest you google Pearl Chase

a-1593453531 Jun 29, 2020 10:58 AM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

That's correct that this is the same Mobil pole sign with updated logo. Difference is the Mobil sign had little if any yellow or red, mostly blue, so it hardly stood out.

Sensibly Common Jun 29, 2020 11:44 AM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

That little shopping center near Modoc and Las Positas is outside city limits so county rules apply.

nope Jun 29, 2020 02:28 PM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

Definitely in the County and they don't have any rule outlawing pole signs. Same goes for the pole sign across the freeway at Earl Warren. This particular pole sign has been there in one form or another since the 70's. Let it go Karen

a-1593494985 Jun 29, 2020 10:29 PM
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@NOPE Yes it is the county and depending on the community plan area, if one exists, they certainly have ordinances against pole signs. This is why you don’t see many, they are either grandfathered in or in an area of the county without design review standards. Most large signs require BAR review and a conditional use permit.

a-1593535371 Jun 30, 2020 09:42 AM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

I agree with this but you should know that the Earl Warren Showgrounds is independent of the County or City and sets its own rules about almost everything, including RV camping, 'fairs' and loud music events.

Z Jun 29, 2020 02:35 PM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

OMG! What an ugly and inconsiderate complaint. They ought to move that city out of this county.

x01660 Jun 29, 2020 05:13 PM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

We're in the middle of a pandemic, civil unrest, and geopolitical turmoil, yet you wanna complain about a sign? I knew SB was a bubble, but Jesus dude....

a-1593526920 Jun 30, 2020 07:22 AM
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Dear XO1660 - That's what they want you to think. "Just watch what's going on in my left hand so you don't see me gutting local, state and federal laws and policies with the other hand."

sacjon Jun 30, 2020 09:52 AM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

7:22am - Hahahah! So, the pandemic and civil unrest is just a giant ruse so that people can start erecting signs on poles? Yes, yes you've figured it out! Ohhhhh man!

a-1593539330 Jun 30, 2020 10:48 AM
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EMMENANTHE - Can you explain how it is an "ugly eyesore?" It seriously looks like a gas station sign to me. I haven't analyzed all local gas signs, but this looks nothing out of the ordinary. What am I missing?

a-1593547972 Jun 30, 2020 01:12 PM
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10:48. What you are missing is an esthetic sense. This is one ugly sign!

a-1593548000 Jun 30, 2020 01:13 PM
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10:48. What you are missing is an esthetic sense. This is one ugly sign!

a-1593550040 Jun 30, 2020 01:47 PM
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1:12 - Ah.... I have no "esthetic (sic)" sense, eh? Well, it'really not that ugly. It's a pole with a sign. Signs usually have poles or other means of carrying them. We have them all over. Stop signs, street signs, etc etc.... not a big deal. It's just a sign, folks.

RHS Jun 30, 2020 06:29 PM
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Yes, it is just a sign. But industrial design, commercial art, a sense of beauty can easily be accommodated in advertising. This one is ugly. Other signs are better and last. Can't compare this silly thing to the Coca-Cola logo for example.

RHS Jun 30, 2020 06:32 PM
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"aestheticor es·thet·ic" no sic. This is a modern word and maybe you have not come across it as yet?

a-1593567994 Jun 30, 2020 06:46 PM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

RHS - your pettiness aside, what do you want? You don't like the sign, ok so what? What do you want us to do? Shall we petition the City to have it removed? Boycott the gas station? If it's so upsetting to you, go offer to pay for a new sign.

patrick Jun 30, 2020 11:50 AM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

Here's a screen shot of the same corner from 2012. (https://tinyurl.com/y86tocf2) I don't recall anyone complaining about Mobil's similar sign.

patrick Jun 30, 2020 04:22 PM
Are Pole Signs Now Allowed?

The biggest difference between the 2020 and 2012 photos are the price of gas! In 2020, it is $2.79/gal, while in 2012 it was $4.59/gal. Wow!

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