Even if he had done it 1,000,000 times before, there is no excuse for picking the guy up deliberately on a Friday afternoon (so he cannot post bail) and holding him on $1 million bail over the weekend, on a crime as petty as this. I know the point was to make an example of the guy, but I think the City of Los Angeles has gone insane. There are some outdoor operators who have fled LA (not sure if they’re home yet or not) for fear that they would be the next to be picked up. You would think that a city that’s essentially broke, in a state that’s essentially broke, would have higher priorities than sign proliferation. The only reason they are doing this is because it’s an easy P.R. tool – 99% of the population hates signs so it makes the city attorney look like a hero. If he did the same thing on any other industry category, the public would be outraged. It reminds me of Eliot Spitzer and will probably have the same ending.