Outdoor, Inc. in a bus-load of trouble with everyone’s favorite SF crusader, City Attorney and mayoral candidate Dennis Herrera. The advertising company had taken a contract over for Viacom Outdoor Group in 2004 with the explicit stipulation that any damage done to the city and its property in connection with the applying and removal of advertisements be reimbursed by the company. Easy enough, right?

Though many complain that any advertisements on Muni make it look bad, CBS Outdoor, Inc. have done the haters one better by, says Harrera, damaging the buses when applying and removing their ads. The extensive paint and physical damages have yet to be fixed, which is why Herrera is suing CBS Outdoor, Inc. for $100,000 in exterior damage to Muni buses, as ABC7 also reports.

The suit, which was filed today, includes compensation for attorneys’ fees and costs to pursue the civil action.

As Herrera says in a statement, “San Francisco taxpayers have a right to expect public contractors to live up their obligations, and CBS Outdoor has clearly failed to do that. My office’s lawsuit comes after months of hard work to document the damages the company caused to our MUNI (sic) buses, and to try and resolve our claim cooperatively.”

“Unfortunately, our efforts to secure the reimbursements to which we’re entitled have been ignored” Herrera says “So I’m forced to seek a court order for the payment in addition to attorneys’ fees and costs.”

Based on extensive reports and documentation provided by the City last year, damages to Muni show CBS Outdoor owing SF $106,519.02.

You can read Herrera’s filing here.

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Always in motion. April Siese writes about music, takes photos at shows, and even helps put them on behind the scenes as a stagehand. She's written everything from hard news to beauty features, as well as fiction and poetry. She most definitely likes pie.

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