The City of Phoenix has a policy on bus shelter billboards, as revealed by the man whose ad was adorning 50 bus stop shelters—until the City pulled the plug. “The Phoenix attorney’s office claimed these were public service announcements (PSA), and those are banned,” said Alan Korwin, manager of the TrainMeAZ campaign and the Publisher at Bloomfield Press, a sponsor of the program. “It’s a bogus excuse — and they know full well we’re an LLC and not a non-profit. The commercial sponsors, shooting ranges and trainers on the website expect to attract customers. The ads are aimed at parents, so they can teach gun safety and the values of marksmanship to their kids.” Yes, well . . .
The ads looks like a PSA to me, which the CIty banned after a 12-year-old 9th Circuit court case re: the Children of the Rosary group and abortion ads. The real questions: was that decision wrong, why did the City “wake up” to their mistake and why isn’t the bus shelter ad biz privatized?