City Council votes to lift ban on murals

Echo Park artist Ernesto de La Loza, who spoke at today’s City Council meeting, in front of a Boyle Heights mural/Photo by Gil Ortiz

Today’s vote not only lifts a decade-long ban on murals but also creates a new process that is intended to make it easier for artists and property owners to create public art in business and industrial areas.  Today’s council action also opens the door to murals on homes in residential ares but only in neighborhoods that “opt-in,” according to L.A. Now.

A second and final vote on the mural ordinance is scheduled to take place next week.

“We have made history in the City of Los Angeles today,” said First District Councilman Gil Cedillo in a statement. “Artists will once again be free to add to the cultural richness of the city through the contribution of their artistic expression.”

The law is also intended to restrict murals and artwork that double as advertising.  Does that mean that PBR mural in Silver Lake has to go?



  1. PBR mural has been gone for weeks, kids!

  2. Good God Almighty! The flood gates of crappy art have been opened, and on peoples homes no less if the city council gets its way! Paint and good intentions alone do not a good mural make. I’m not a fan of murals, but at least there are some that I can respect. The majority of the rest around town are caa-caa, done with half-baked themes and poor execution. And trust me, those are the kinds that will prevail and be hailed as “art” just because idiots like Cedillo want to promote cultural relevance over what is truly artistic. I can’t imagine there will be a safe wall standing as every wannabe artist with a spray can and full council support will be out tagging, oops “creating art”. That whole “beauty-is-in-the-eye-of-the beholder” argument be damned – these things are fugly, and you don’t need to be an art critic to see that.

    • art can’t be ugly eh? you obviously haven’t been to a contemporary art gallery or museum in oh the last 60 years.

      • *(A)rt can’t be ugly(,) eh? (Y)ou obviously haven’t been to a contemporary art gallery or museum in(, oh,) the last 60 years.

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