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More Graffiti Coming to a Wall Near You?

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Miguel Santana, Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles, wants to cut the graffiti removal program in half to save city budget dollars and residents in graffiti-heavy neighborhoods are none too pleased, according to the Venice Patch.Slashing the graffiti program down to the bare essentials will save the city $1.5 million - a figure that many supporters of the program believe is paltry compared with other programs that could be cut and would save the city far more dollars with less negative impact.

From the danger of gang territory markers, to violence over property owners trying to halt graffiti-in-progress to the visual effect graffiti can have on a neighborhood and its property values, council members in other areas - Ed Reyes of Boyle Heights in particular - have vowed to fight the proposal to cut the program.

Santana presents his reduced graffiti removal program recommendations to City Council today.