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City Wants 'Hello' Mural in Silver Lake Taken Down

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Controversy is brewing in Silver Lake over a mural by Phil Lumbang on a private residence, Jesus Sanchez at EastsiderLA is finding. Most everyone loves the artwork, but one neighborhood complained to the city which in turn said it was illegal, asking for homeowners Amy Seidenwurm and Russell Bates to take it down. Councilman Eric Garcetti likes the mural and is seeing what can be done. Meanwhile, Lumbang makes a great point: "I guess the deal is you can't have a mural on private residential property or some bs like that. I guess it's on the same guide lines as shop keepers maintaining a clean facade with no graffiti." The mural must be removed by March 1st and is being enforced under the city's outdoor advertisement law.

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