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Bid to slash Los Angeles graffiti removal sparks alarm

Jan 8, 2011 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
A councilman and even the mayor question the proposal by Villaraigosa's top financial advisor, who calls the idea critical to balancing the city budget. Foes cite the benefits to communities of eliminating tags.

Los Angeles city officials have long used the "broken windows" theory to justify the $7 million spent each year on graffiti removal. The logic goes like this: Safe and prosperous communities start with clean streets.

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