Doug Jemal, Illegal Billboard Poster?
A couple weeks ago, we took a look at all the licensed "special signs" (a.k.a. billboards) that are attached to buildings owned by massive tax dodger Doug Jemal. Well, a couple have cropped up that don't appear on the list: One right next to the Vince Gray campaign headquarters, and another, for Carmine's (which also leases space in a Jemal-owned building), on the Jemal-owned Uline Arena.
The District's signage rules are ungodly complicated–since the building isn't in a historic district, I can't tell just from reading the regs whether this plastic-wrap-television-screen-thing for PNC Bank's Virtual Wallet is prohibited or not. But DCRA spokesman Mike Rupert suggests Jemal didn't run it by anybody first.
"This is not one of the special signs and was not permitted," Rupert says. "We have an inspection scheduled and should have the results shortly."