At the behest of the city of Los Angeles, Sacramento has passed a new law requiring those convicted of vandalism to clean up their tags and possibly keep the area they defaced clean for an additional year. Some are worried that this could painting over possible gang tags for a year could put the offenders life at risk but my reaction to this law is still positive. If you broke a neighbor’s window as a child, wouldn’t your parents force you to make amends by paying for its replacement or performing some other form equal labor (mowing the neighbor’s lawn)? Why threaten jail sentences the state can’t carry out and levy fines that poor parents and delinquent 14 year olds can’t pay? Let the punishment fit the crime I say. As for the danger of injury painting over gang scrawls can result in, part of me feels that they were taking that chance by tagging in the first place. The more rational side of my brain however doesn’t think that a possible death penalty is a fitting punishment for vandalism. I say offer the offender the option of cleaning up public restrooms, buses, or a local school if their area is too dangerous. Let’s hope now that the LAPD can A) Differentiate between destructive tagging and art (a subjective decision not best left to the police I know…) and B) Actually catch these punks. (God I’m starting to sound like my father)
This makes a neighborhood unique:
This is just sad
Councilman Reyes will be on hand to do a Q&A with residents on “Highland Park Projects”, among which the proposed Highland Park Transit Village will have to feature prominently. The Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council recently responded to MB&S’s proposal rather cooly with this open letter. For better or worse, this project appears to be on the political fast track. MB&S seems to have a history of working with communities in their design of these types of projects but our opinions won’t count if they’re not expressed. See you all there.
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Sorting through my three-week-tall stack of mail, I picked out Los Angeles Magazine’s August issue because 1. I needed something to write about and 2. I’m a sucker for “Best Of” issues. Fortunately for me, our (extended) neighborhood was reasonably well represented. The honorees:
Best Mexican Breakfast: El Huarachito in Lincoln Heights. I’ve been dying for chilaquiles so I may try this spot this morning.
Best Newly Remodeled Library: Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Library. I really love the architecture and interior space of this spot. My only gripe is the magazine’s reference to the design as “early-20th-century Craftsman” when my understanding is it is really influenced by El Alisal.
Best Hip Kids’ Clothing: Rocking Kid Show in Eagle Rock. I can’t say much about this spot as I don’t have kids (and if I did I probably wouldn’t dress them in skinny jeans and Ramones/Blondie Tshirts, but unto each their own…)