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Los Angeles moves to ban alcohol ads on buses, city property

The L.A. City Council voted Tuesday to ban ads for alcoholic beverages on city-owned or city-controlled property, including buses like the one pictured here.
The L.A. City Council voted Tuesday to ban ads for alcoholic beverages on city-owned or city-controlled property, including buses like the one pictured here.
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Los Angeles' City Council has voted to ban alcohol ads on property controlled or owned by the city, including buses and other vehicles. 

The unanimous vote came Tuesday morning and expanded on previous efforts to curb such advertising in public spaces.

According to CBSLA.com, the council voted last June to ban alcohol ads in any future Bureau of Street Services contracts for bus shelters and other projects.

Alcohol-related ads make up about 20 percent of the space offered on city property in five council districts, CBS reports.

According to the Associated Press, Councilman Paul Koretz said the ban is a good place for the city to step in and prevent those ads from potentially influencing students, who supporters say can face a barrage of images that glamorize drinking while on their way to classes.

The current prohibition would apply only to new advertising contracts and would exempt any properties that operate restaurants or serve as venues for concerts and other events and are permitted to sell alcohol.

According to AP, similar ad prohibitions exist in San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Mayor Eric Garcetti still has to approve the ordinance before it becomes law.