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Villaraigosa Mural Splattered With Red Paint

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Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 8:00 AM

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.

click to enlarge Villaraigosa mural at Susy's Meat Market in East Hollywood - TED SOQUI
  • Ted Soqui
  • 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.

click to enlarge Red paint splattered on Villarigosa mural in East Hollywood - TED SOQUI
  • Ted Soqui
  • 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 pmcdonald@laweekly.com.

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