By City News Service
The City Council today delayed a discussion of a proposed ordinance that would lift a decade-long ban on murals painted on private property.
The issue -- postponed to make room for discussion of a new DWP labor contract and a related lawsuit settlement -- will likely be scheduled for Wednesday's City Council meeting, according to a council aide.
The proposed ordinance defines murals as non-commercial works of art, distinguishing them from signs and advertisements for goods and services, which are subject to different rules.
City attorneys presented the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee last month with two versions of the ordinance -- one that would allow and one that would prohibit murals on single-family homes.
The committee did not arrive at any recommendations on the issue, forwarding reports from the city attorney, planning commission and Cultural Affairs Commission to the City Council for further discussion.
City officials will also report on a process for allowing individual communities to decide whether it wants to legalize murals for single-family homes.
Councilman Jose Huizar, who chairs the PLUM Committee, said the final ordinance would help restore Los Angeles' reputation as the "mural capital of the world."