Video: Angels Flight Gets A Scrub Down To Remove Graffiti

Last week we reported that Angels Flight had been bombarded with graffiti. The Office of Community Beautification (of the Department of Public Works) told LAist that they'd sent out a contractor to assess the damage, but there was no word on when (or if) they'd start removing the graffiti.

Well, it turned out to be a short wait: Esotouric, which hosts bus tours around L.A., reports that the city began cleaning up the graffiti on early Monday morning. The group even made a neat video of the process. It shows that the cleaning crew had their work cut out for them; they got into the cars to wipe down the windows from the inside, and they blasted the side with water. Unfortunately, a layer of paint was removed in the process because the damage required an intensive cleanup. As noted by Esotouric, "this leaves the funicular shining a little brighter today than yesterday—but she's also more vulnerable, as any further rough cleanings could expose the century-old wood under the paint."

Paul Racs, director of the Office of Community Beautification, told LAist that the process went by smoothly. One of the obstacles was that the tagged car was halfway up the incline, which would have complicated the task for the cleanup crew. But the handlers for Angels Flight were able to bring the car to ground level for the cleanup. Racs also said that members of the Angels Flight Foundation were on hand to make sure that the process wasn't too rough on the car. "It's all cleared up now, and hopefully it will remain that way," said Racs.