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Council says homes in south, east Los Angeles can have murals



Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar introduced the ordinance that will allow murals to be painted on single-family homes in three council districts.
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar introduced the ordinance that will allow murals to be painted on single-family homes in three council districts.
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A proposal to allow murals on single-family homes in most of south and east Los Angeles received preliminary approval Tuesday from the Los Angeles City Council. 

The ordinance, which will receive a final vote next week, would allow murals on homes in the First, Ninth and Fourteenth districts, stretching from Pico-Union to South L.A. to Boyle Heights. 

Back in August, the city council agreed to allow non-commercial murals to once again flourish in the city, which is known worldwide for its public artworks. Murals had temporarily been banned while city officials tried to regulate billboards and advertisements. 

When the council approved the original mural ordinance, there was disagreement on the single-family home issue. Representatives for three districts said there was a cultural tie in their neighborhoods to murals, effectively arguing for an opt-in system.

"Our community supports the value of murals and this provides some flexibility and an opportunity for those who choose to embrace this expression of their own private properties," said Councilman Curren Price, who represents the Ninth District. 

Citing safety concerns, the Los Angeles Fire Department asked that the new ordinance ban murals that cover windows. A representative for the City Attorney's Office also agreed to look into whether smaller neighborhoods within a council district, such as Venice, could opt-in and allow artwork on single-family homes. 

L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks voted against the proposal. Because it did not receive unanimous approval, the ordinance will require a second vote next week.