Store owner, county officials reach compromise over window art
Downey said supporters managed to collect nearly 400 signatures within a few weeks, which they presented to Supervisor Gloria Molina’s field deputy at a neighborhood meeting. County officials “found a way to denote [the murals] as art, rather than signs, by having me remove the advertisements on them,” Downey, 62, said Monday. “I was more than willing to work with them.” For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – When Los Angeles County officials cited local business owner Bob Downey last month for putting murals on his windows, Downey thought he’d lost the one tactic that had helped deter vandals – art. But once word got out about the citation, Downey’s neighbors near his West Whittier Paint store rallied to his defense. Now an artist hired by Downey is restoring the murals, but with some small modifications. In early March, the county gave Downey 30 days to remove the prohibited window paintings or face an initial penalty of $633 – a fee that would triple if not paid within 15 days after that, said Alex Garcia, a supervising regional planner for the county government.