Lifting the constraints of an 11-year moratorium that limited artists abilities to practice their craft, the Los Angeles City Council voted in favor of adopting a new private property mural ordinance in the City of Los Angeles.
Under the City’s current “Sign Mural” ordinance, mural signs on private property were banned while the City worked on a new sign ordinance, which has been wrapped in litigation. The new mural ordinance will be separate from the sign law by identifying murals as something other than signs, with a focus on murals as “original works of art.”
“Murals are one of the things that define our unique and diverse City – they are a part of what makes the City of Los Angeles one of the greatest metropolises in the world,” said Councilmember José Huizar, who Chairs the Planning & Land Use Committee and has been one of the ordinance’s biggest proponents. “Today, we as a City decided to embrace our history and re-affirm our commitment to supporting the arts, community building and beautifying our neighborhoods through murals. Now we can begin to re-affirm our claim as the ‘Mural Capital of the World.’”
Councilmember Huizar selected the City’s mural ordinance for his first committee presiding as PLUM chair in July, where the committee voted to bring two versions of the ordinance, A and B to the Council. The City Council considered both versions on Wednesday. A, which had little support on the Council floor, would have allowed murals on single-family homes, B would not.
Looking to find a consensus among the Councilmembers, Councilmember Huizar introduced an amendment to Option B, asking for an Opt-In clause and plan from City departments for those communities that would like to create processes to allow murals on single-family homes. The Report is expected to be issued in a joint meeting of PLUM and Arts, Parks, Health, Aging & River committees in 30 days. In the meantime, Option B will move forward as written.
An additional motion also asked for a report back on a pilot project allowing murals on single-family homes in Council Districts 1 and 14.
Since taking office in late 2005, Councilmember José Huizar has introduced 19 motions in support of murals and mural restoration, including calling for a new ordinance in 2008.
CD 14 has twice as many murals as any other Council District, including America Tropical by David Siqueiros at Olvera Street, which later inspired a generation of Eastside artists to create an explosion of political, historical and cultural murals, setting the stage for Los Angeles’ distinction as the “mural capital of the world.”
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El Sereno Community Coordinating Council Presents
Spirit Mixer 2013
Date: Friday, September 20
Time: 8:00pm to 1:30am
Place: Hecho en Mexico
4976 Huntington Dr. South, Los Angeles 90032
Wear your favorite Spirit or Team gear. Proceeds benefit the El Sereno Community Coordinating Council Scholar Program and the El Sereno Stallion organization players and cheerleaders. All community, alumni, family and friends invited.
$7 pre-sale tickets sold through the El Sereno Stallions - $10 at the door.
Vecinos Playground Meeting
Date: Tuesday, September 10
Place: El Sereno Arroyo Playground
5520 Concord Avenue, Los Angeles 90032
Concerned Neighbors of El Sereno invite you to the Vecinos Playground meeting. Join your neighbors to discuss how to keep El Sereno Arroyo Playground Clean and Safe! For more information contact Robin Mark, Trust for Public Land at (323) 223-0441 ext. 14.
Hermon Local Issues
Date: Thursday, September 12
Place: Hermon Fellowship Center
5800 Monterey Rd, CA 90042
If you are a stakeholder within the community of Hermon you are invited to attend the Hermon Local Issues meeting of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council (ASNC). Los Angeles Police Department Sr. Lead Officer John Pedroza will be in attendance to introduce new Hollenbeck Captain Martin Baeza.
Taste of Fresco
Date: Saturday, September 21
Time: Noon to 4pm
Place: 5914 Monterey Avenue, Los Angeles 90042
Fresco Community Market will present “Taste of Fresco” with over 50 vendors, free samples, and prizes. Local vendors and foods that are natural, organic, and gluten-free will be featured.
Tender Loving Covers Presents:
Sock Hop Fundraiser
Date: Saturday, September 14
Time: 6:00pm to Midnight
Place: 3218 Sheffield Avenue
The mission of Tender Loving Covers is simple: to make quilts for orphans and homeless children. There goal is to make enough for different orphanages globally. All proceeds from this event go directly in helping Tender Loving Covers fulfill there mission. At this event there will be DJ Jeff playing original vinyl, as well as special guest, Hank Castro, singer of Thee Midniters.
Enter and win a prize in the best 50's custome contest.
Admission: Bring school supplies for ages 4-18 years old (pencils, crayons, color pencils, paper, sketch pads, and more)
For more information contact:
Lisa Almeida at (626) 233-1245
Cynthia Sandoval at (323) 787-2660
Senior Scam Stopper Seminar
Date: Thursday, September 19
Time: 11am to 1pm
Place: El Sereno Senior Center
4818 Klamath Place, Los Angeles 90032
Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, in conjunction with the Contractors State License Board, invites you to attend a Senior Scam Stopper Seminar. Come learn how to protect yourself from fraud. Discuss state legislation relating to scams concerning home improvement, auto repair, insurance, telemarketing, real estate, and more. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, please call (213) 483-5151 or go to www.asmdc.org/gl.
El Sereno Skate Deck Art Workshop & Art Show
Date: Sunday, September 29
Time: 12pm to 7pm
Place: The Vex Arts
5240 Alhambra Avenue, Los Angeles 90032
The City Sports Marketing presents the El Sereno Skate Desk Art Workshop & Art Show. Come to learn about art, business, skating and more!
Workshop participants will listen to speakers from various disciplines (design, art, business) and discuss their experience and skills. A Q&A session will be followed by a hands-on skate deck art workshop, Skate Team demonstration, Skate Deck Art Show, Live Music, food and art fair. The workshop event is free, however spacing is limited. Each participant must RSVP at George.Pantages@gmail.com.
Mayor's Crisis Response Team
The Mayor's Crisis Response Team (CRT) is looking for volunteers to participate in the Fall 2013 class and become active CRT volunteers.
FALL 2013 CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM TRAINING:
What: Crisis Response Team Volunteer Program
When: Monday & Wednesday Evenings, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Dates: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 – Wednesday, October. 23, 2013
Where: LAPD Headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles
** Bilingual Volunteers Encouraged to Apply **
(Languages needed include Spanish, Korean, Armenian, Farsi, Chinese and Tagalog)
ABOUT THE CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM: Members of the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) are volunteers who respond to traumatic incidents at the request of the Los Angeles Police and Los Angeles Fire Departments. CRT volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, act as a liaison between the victim and emergency personnel and give referrals to victims and their families affected by a death, a violent crime or other traumatic incidents. These incidents include homicides, suicides, serious traffic accidents, natural deaths and multi-casualty incidents. During the required seven week training to be a member of the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team you will be provided the background, information, training and support to be able to respond to crisis situations as a member of the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team.