• Petitioned Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the L.A. City Attorney’s office

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the L.A. City Attorney’s office
LA County Planning Department

End Mural Moratorium: Art Is Not A Crime

    1. Piper  Severance
    2. Petition by

      Piper Severance


UPDATE: On October 12th, Saber presented this petition with over 6000 signatures to the Los Angeles City Council. It was a packed meeting and I want to thank everyone who showed up to voice their support. As the city works on new language for the municipal code, we want to keep that pressure on! This petition will stay open and we will be presenting updated copies to the city as it works through the drafting of the new code. Ask everyone you know who believes that #ARTisNOTaCRIME to sign this petition and together we will #EndMuralMoratorium!


Los Angeles used to be known as the "mural capital of the world." But that may no longer be true if the city's crackdown on public art continues. 

Changes to the city's municipal code in the last decade mean that murals are now defined as signs, so that there is a needlessly complicated and costly approval process. As a result, the city has issued no new mural permits at all since 2007.

City officials and police also harass artists and fine the building owners who give them permission to work. Private companies that specialize in graffiti removal have actually broken onto private property to remove art from public view —the city is spending millions of dollars on this beige painting program.

Art in the public space is necessary for a healthy visual environment, a counter balance to grey walls and endless advertising, and a huge part of what makes LA's streets so vibrant.

My friend SABER, a promient LA mural artist, is protesting this city's policies against public art. Watch the video of his skywriting protest at City Hall.

Murals are not signs and art is not a crime! If you agree, sign the petition to tell Mayor Villaraigosa and the L.A. City Attorney’s office to end the mural moratorium now.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Petition delivery THIS WEDNESDAY

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Saber and Piper will deliver the petition to the City Planning committee. We'd like to get to at least 6,000 signatures. Please sign and share!

    3. Reached 5,000 signatures
    4. Graffiti Artist Takes to the Sky

      Piper  Severance
      Petition Organizer

      Article was updated: "Since the Mayor is out of town, he did not see the skywriting. However, the Mayor is a supporter of public murals but the issue has been locked in a larger set of discussions that are working their way through City Council"

    5. Saber on Which Way, L.A.?

      Piper  Severance
      Petition Organizer

      Warren Olney hosts Los Angeles artist Saber, Los Angeles City Councilman Eduardo Reyes and West Hollywood Commission on Arts and Cultural Affairs Beverly Denenberg on the topic "Is LA Squelching Public Art?" (KCRW Sept. 21, 2011)

    6. Saber interview by Patt Morrision

      Piper  Severance
      Petition Organizer

      "It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s sky graffiti" - Saber is interviewed by Patt Morrison (KPCC Sept. 20, 2011)

    7. #ArtIsNotACrime video

      Piper  Severance
      Petition Organizer

      For everyone who was not in downtown L.A., and for those of you who were, but were looking down :) #EndMuralMoratorium

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Maneesh Pangasa YUMA, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      End the Mural Moratorium in Los Angeles

      Los Angeles municipal code defines murals as signs and the permitting process constitutes an effective ban on this art.

      Art in the public space is necessary for a healthy visual environment, a counter balance to gray walls and endless advertising. Los Angeles was once the ‘Mural Capital of the World’ and this city should claim that title again!

      Murals are not signs and art is not a crime! I ask that Mayor Villagaigosa and the L.A. City Attorney's office to end the mural moratorium now.

    • William Anderson RIALTO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I believe that the majority of people would enjoy seeing more art and less advertisement in their day-to-day lives. It is no more invasive than advertising, and a whole lot more pleasant! Put it to a vote and I'm sure the majority will support it—especially in So-Cal...or is this not a democracy anymore?

    • chris smith GUELPH, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      fuck the police

    • brian delgado MURRIETA, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      because i love street art its beautiful.

    • Kari Swanson SEATTLE, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Art is NOT 'signage' any more than ballet is advertising. Does the LA plan to fine homeowners because they paint their homes? These unfortunate decisions spread quickly so it doesn't matter where you live. Silence is tacit agreement!


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