In a stunning example of how elected officials serve the interests of the corporatocracy, San Francisco Mayor Ed Hall suggested Wednesday that City Hall might soon feature digital advertisements.
Hall’s plan is to allow corporations to bid for advertising space on the east side of San Francisco’s City Hall, where digital light displays could help attract revenue for the city. The technology for these displays would be privately funded by the company Osbcura Digital, which vows to spend $1.5 million on installation.
The proposal stems from a July 27th letter from Real Estate Director of the city John Updike, who wrote to the city’s Board of Directors:
“We believe this display option can enhance special events held at City Hall, the Main Library and the Asian Art Museum, thus affording the city’s General Fund a revenue opportunity from event sponsors.”
SFWeekly reports that Supervisor John Avalos, a critic of the plan, responded sardonically:
“Like City Hall brought to you by Facebook, Salesforce, Big Brother of Public Private Partnerships Ron Conway?”
He added that the proposal “symbolizes how San Francisco City Hall is for sale….What’s next, selling naming rights for City Hall and all the other Civic Center buildings?”
The Board of Supervisors will debate the mayor’s proposal during the August legislative recess.
What are your thoughts on the use of government buildings and landmarks as advertising space? One could argue this would at least make transparent the extent to which corporations own our politicians.
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