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.

Rushing Waters

The largest above ground mural in the San Fernando Valley, Rushing Waters was completed on November 27, 2019 at the intersection of San Fernando Road and Paxton, one of the busiest exits off Highway 118.

The mural pays tribute to the heritage and captures the spirit of Pacoima. Led by artist Levi Ponce, the team also included Erica Friend, Cristian Cardenas, Graffiti Artist Gore, Hector “Tetris” Arias, Jose Javier, Juan Pablo, Lisa Lee, Mighk Rivera and Red Ortiz.

Valley in Time - BeforeValley in Time - After


A Valley in Time is 289 by 30 feet and faces San Fernando Road at Roxford Street. The mural depicts the agricultural past of Sylmar along with local landmarks including Zeus the Owl from the local Wildlife Learning Center.

The mural was painted by lead artist Eric Friend along with artists Levi Ponce, Juan Reyes, Desiree Sanchez, Jose Javier Lopez, Ray Valencia Cadenas and Ramiro Hernández.

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