Vandalism in our commercial corridors creates blight and erodes the sense of pride residents have in their neighborhoods. There is also a substantial cost to clean graffiti, the City of Los Angeles spends $1.9 million per year on graffiti removal.
In the Seventh Council District, combatting vandalism and beautifying our commercial corridors with public art has been an effective solution. With the help of local artists, murals have transformed commercial corridors that had been a target and regularly vandalized.
I commissioned these murals, and cut through red tape to get these projects completed to improve the areas in our neighborhoods and create a space for local artists to be part of the story telling. The murals Rushing Waters in Pacoima and A Valley in Time in Sylmar have transformed previously blighted areas with beautiful art that tells the story of our part of the San Fernando Valley through the eyes of local artists.