Street Signals 10.17.09


Los Angeles Spends 3.7 million Dollars to Remove Largest Graffiti Tag in America

NO, this was not a story lifted from The Onion, although it sounds like it. I don’t think the total amount is for that one tag, but rather the whole L.A. River.

Brooklyn is on the opposite coast of the US, so we don’t really know what it’s like to see the graff on the concrete of that river.

But California, the world’s 8th largest economy, is on the brink of financial calamity, school classes are ballooning to 45 students, and the rising price of fish tacos on the beach is negatively affecting the surfers.  Is today UPSIDE DOWN DAY?

As reported by Ed Fuentes in, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers hired contractors to spray over the giant tag and made a big show of it, complete with a press conference.

“At 2,000 feet long by 60 feet tall, the MTA tag near the 4th street bridge was said to be one of the largest graffiti tags in the United States.

On Thursday it proved plenty large enough for a press conference that included the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, a pair of City Councilmembers and the L.A. Sheriff’s department.” More here

NYC Mayoral Race ’09 HEATS UP with Bloomberg, Thompson, and Mr. Burns

Vote for Burns
Creative Commons License photo credit: ChrisGampat

Why limit the race for mayor to only ONE BILLIONAIRE? Spending like a drunken sailor during Fleet Week, Mike Bloomberg, the richest man in the state, has reportedly spent $16 for every $1 that his opponent Bill Thompson has.  Not so fast, Mike!  Here comes Mr. Burns, a real leader of the people and believer in democracy.

photo David Hershkovits in

In a press conference Mr. Burns attacked the end-run Bloomberg did around election laws to get himself on the ballot for a third term. “The man shows no guts, he should have simply declared himself king over these slack-jawed troglodytes, I mean good citizens. But that’s democracy for you”

Recently these campaign posters for Mr. Burns have been appearing all over New York, indicating that he is taking the race very seriously.