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Battle over banners may cost wash owner $5,500

February 09, 2012
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BALDWIN PARK, CA — A carwash owner here feels that city code enforcement keeps visiting his business for “nonsense,” the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.

The Feb. 7 story stated that Amit Asher, owner of Pacific Car Wash, has had numerous visits from code-enforcement officials who told him he needed permits for virtually every change made to the wash. The current battle is over banners and signage.

First, code-enforcement officers made Asher put any temporary banners inside the wash’s bays. Later he was told by a different official that the same banners couldn’t remain inside the bays, according to the story.

In January, Asher was sent a notice of unpaid citations for the unpermitted signs totaling $5,500. Then he received a letter from the city prosecutor saying he must either remove or make legal all unpermitted and temporary signs, the story noted.

The letter also ordered Asher to remove the wash’s roof-mounted sign because installation of the sign would require approval of a building permit. Asher said in the story that the sign has been up for 40 years and should be grandfathered in.