Thursday, January 23, 2014

Riverside Dr & Gilroy, 5 Freeway Overpass: Why So Many People Hate Murals

Photos: Red Car Property Neighbor, January 22, 2014.  A neighbor submitted these photos to  My 311 on the City's website  to get the graffiti painted out.  Yesterday the neighbor received the following response:
Anti-Graffiti Request System Logo
On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and your City Council, thank you for contacting 3-1-1 to report graffiti in your neighborhood.
Please be advised - we have reviewed the request to remove the graffiti (2131859) that was reported on Jan 22, 2014 at 2701 N GILROY ST and determined that the request should be cancelled.
The associated comments are:
'(Reassigned from CCAC) Gang tags(per constituent/WITH photo)/PHOTO shows mural @ underpass of 5 Freeway/"Frogtown" on walls of underpass in black MYLA311 sR# 033044 1/22/14-OCB/GV - these are neither legal nor coated murals. City cannot abate. CANCEL'
For more information, please contact 3-1-1 with the Service Request Number 2131859.
Graffiti abatement requests may be submitted to the Office of Community Beautification at the following website:

According to the attached photos in the neighbor's original submission, the tags have been painted out dozens of times before.  

Highly annoyed, the neighbor contacted me.  We contacted Adam Bass in City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell's office (CD13), who expects have it painted out  (or have answers) by the end of the day today.  

Yet one more reason why so many people hate these half-assed murals.

You can also use the City's smartphone app, but it hasn't been working to well for those areas without addresses, that's why we recommend the City's website where you can put in more detail.  Don't even bother calling 311 if there is no address, it won't get logged in correctly.

*5:30 PM: The neighbor reports the graffiti was painted out by noon today.  Thanks Adam in CD13!