Sunland-Tujunga continues to see its buildings destroyed by graffiti. In the last few weeks alone, there has been a spike in graffiti on apartment buildings, businesses, and streets. The most notable attack having been the vandalism of the mural on the wall of Los Arcos Mexican Food in Sunland.
“This is the second time in four years,” said Enrique Ramirez of Los Arcos Mexican Food in Sunland, “The first time we painted over it. This time we called people in.”
Los Arcos Mexican Food, with an outdoor patio, had a large mural of a tropical beach to create a unique dining experience. The mural was put up about two years ago after the initial graffiti incident, only for the owner to show up for work a few weeks ago to see the art destroyed.
“The owner was mad. I don’t think he’s gonna put something up again,” said Ramirez.
On September 2nd, residents on the corner of Plainview Ave. and Apperson St. woke up to see the walls of their homes tagged. It seems to be a war between gangs, with one crossing out the graffiti of the other and writing then own names.
The city does provide a service at www.Anti-Graffiti.lacity.org where residents may request to have graffiti removed. While the service is quick to come and get rid of the vandalism, is it just painting over a deeper problem that faces the community?