Muralists in Los Angeles may soon be able to paint legally on private property again.
Council District 1 representative Ed Reyes wants your input on a law to change that at two hearings scheduled next week in Glassell Park and Downtown Los Angeles.
Reyes co-drafted the proposed ordinance, which according to a press release issued by his office, would permit fine art murals on private property and help restore L.A. as the “Mural Capital of the World.”
The first meeting will be held on Jan. 5 in the auditorium at Goodwill Industries Metro North, located at 342 N. San Fernando Road from 6-7:30 p.m. Members of the community are encouraged to attend.
The discussion is a precursor to the workshop and public hearing notice being held on Tuesday, Jan.10 at Los Angeles City Hall. A PDF on the project can be obtained from the Department of City Planning’s website.
There have been many similar meetings around the city, but a meeting has not yet been set for Echo Park--despite its long history as a venue for public art, including murals and graffiti.
Echo Park Patch has reached out to the L.A. City Zoning Department and ordinance co-author Tanner Blackman about scheduling a meeting or workshop in Echo Park or Silver Lake, perhaps timed to coincide with the hearing on Jan. 10 or the day after.
Blackman said he would consider that possibility if he can find the right venue, possibly a gallery or other alternative space.
Update: Late Friday, Dec. 30, Blackman tweeted this:
A draft of a new mural ordinance that was released earlier this month is an effort by city officials to draw the line between outdoor signs and advertisements, and what is considered art.
A 60-day public comment period will be open until Wednesday, Feb. 8. The public may also submit comments and concerns about the proposed ordinance to Tanner Blackman at firstname.lastname@example.org, a Zoning Code expert and co-author.