Villaraigosa Mural Splattered With Red Paint
Someone in East Hollywood is very unhappy, probably peeved, with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa . . .
Last Friday, L.A. Weekly photographer Ted Soqui was driving along Santa Monica Boulevard and came up to Susy's Meat Market in East Hollywood when he saw a mural of a solemn-looking Antonio Villaraigosa.
|Villaraigosa mural at Susy's Meat Market in East Hollywood|
"I don't know why I took a picture of it," says Soqui, who's always driving around town and taking one-of-a-kind photographs of the people and scenes of Los Angeles, "but it looked like the person put a lot of effort into it."
He then snapped a picture, posted it on his blog -- TedSoqui.Blogspot.com -- and figured that would be that.
But when Soqui drove by Susy's Meat Market two days later, on Sunday, he saw someone had splattered red paint on Villaraigosa's face.
|Red paint splattered on Villarigosa mural in East Hollywood|
"I thought, Wow, that's pretty hard-core," Soqui now says.
Just below the mural, on the sidewalk, someone also wrote in black spray-paint, "THIS IS OUR TOWN." (Look at the bottom of the picture.)
Taken altogether, that's a lot of rage aimed at the mayor, and seems to be another sign that Villaraigosa may be facing a weird, and long, four more years at the helm.
Contact Patrick Range McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.