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"They degrade the neighborhood," Milo Hanke, past president of the neighborhood group San Francisco Beautiful, said. "They are visual blight." When San Francisco bought the building at 1650 Mission Street in 2007, it came with a legal billboard facing highway 101. It's the only billboard the city owns, and could generate at least $324,000 in five years. Critics, however, would like the billboard permanently removed. Recently, the Board of Supervisors financial committee approved a five-year contact that will bring in $324,000 to help cover the building's operation costs. The board is expected to vote today on the billboard contact. [SF Examiner]