October 12, 2016
When community members, government, nonprofit agencies and companies work together, the results are beautiful. After residents of Los Angeles' Council District 13 sought to curb gang activity and graffiti, an often-targeted wall of the local Smart and Final in the Los Angeles Promise Zone became the site of a new colorful and unifying community mural.
Dassler Jimenez, a Barton Ave. resident and Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council representative, organized the mural creation and approval. A testament to the power of positive collective impact, the mural project was made possible with the help of LA's Council District 13, the Los Angeles Police Department, the City Attorney's Office, and the Youth Policy Institute, in support of the Obama administration's Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program. Mitch O'Farrell's Office Field Deputy Aram Taslagyan helped navigate City Departments for approval and graffiti coating. LAPD Senior Lead Officer Guerra also helped to organize the mural's creation.