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County Backs Down on Patticakes Mural

The mural will be permitted to stay, at least for the time being.

A mural at a local bakery that was deemed a county violation will now be permitted to stay up, according to the owner of the place.

The news about the mural at was first reported Friday morning on the Altadenablog.

Owner Mike McLellan told Altadena Patch that the county told him that they would keep the mural permitted as long as he agreed to stop sending emails, stop calling them, and stop pushing for others to innundate the county office with phone calls.

McLellan added though that there is some future risk for the mural as county permit officials told him that if it were to receive future complaints they might have to revisit the situation.

The 51 foot by 14 foot mural--which depicts desserts, coffee and other products found at a bakery--originally ran when officials told McLellan it could be construed as a sign advertising his store, which would be restricted under county code.

Last week, a that the decision was being reviewed.

Many Altadena residents signed a petition at the store to protect the mural, and many left comments on Patch, the Altadenablog and on local email groups, protesting the decision.

Patrick Lee May 27, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Great news! LOVE Patticakes, and love the mural!
john c May 27, 2011 at 07:37 PM
can you correct your comment that many more Altadena residents left comments than people signed the petition. My wife and I on our own got over 40 people to sign it.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) May 27, 2011 at 07:44 PM
@john c - Yes I went and did that- I did not actually mean to phrase it the way I did as I am not certain exactly how many signatures there were or exactly how many comments there were.
Leslie Aitken May 27, 2011 at 07:44 PM
In the words of my granddaughter, "Woo-hoo!"
Timothy Rutt May 27, 2011 at 07:58 PM
Thanks for the hat tip, Dan!
mister altadena May 27, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Score one for the little guy. Time will tell if Goliath has met his match.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) May 27, 2011 at 08:09 PM
My pleasure, Tim.
Monica Hubbard May 27, 2011 at 08:27 PM
From Eric Pierce on the PresidentStreets listserv, 5/4/11: "The county is citing the mural because we asked him to... As those of you who were at the ACONA meeting...heard Sussy Nemer...tell us, that the county doesn't make codes for community standards, but relies on the community to come up with those standards themselves. Health & safety issues are non-negotiable, but there's an Altadena Community Standards District (CSD) that contains the codes & ordinances for the area." So Altadenans need to be involved in updating the community standards.
Gary Edwards May 27, 2011 at 09:15 PM
Already been noted over & over again on here & Altadenablog. Caveat is that county still needs to approve new standards, hire consultants to conduct outreach & blah blah blah..... could take up to 2 yrs for revisions to become "law". Still, that's the patch we need to take.
Angela Odom May 27, 2011 at 09:43 PM
I'm so glad to see the mural will stay. It's beautiful, vibrant, colorful and raises spirits. I am also heartened to hear that phone calls and emails was just the medicine needed for them to reverse their decision. Bravo!!! This may sound outdated by yes, power to the people!!! I love it.
Lori A. Webster May 28, 2011 at 12:56 AM
Most excellent news!
Lisa Hastings May 28, 2011 at 04:52 AM
Pretty funny. The county backs down not because the county was wrong about the mural being an advertisement, but because the county was tired of people bothering them about it. That is a beautiful mural. I am glad it is safe at least for now.
Steve Lamb May 28, 2011 at 12:25 PM
So far so good. The Community complained and thats why the county enforced? The Community made up these silly assed codes? Uh NO. One person without a life complained to the County, The County has imposed a general code that never had anything to do with Altadena upon us. Look at the map of what businesses were on Lake in 1979 and what the County re zoned Lake to that year. that will give you a full on picture like nothing else can.
Bill Madrid May 28, 2011 at 01:53 PM
I want to thank everyone that has supported the mural. I wish I could give everyone that signed the petition at Patticakes a hug or a high five. Mike and I worked together as long time business owner and long time resident/artist in Altadena to create something we are very proud of and believe is an uplifting addition to our corner of Altadena. Your support has not gone unnoticed.
Dickinson May 28, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Really? Stop bothering us and we'll let you keep the mural? From the article, it's clear that this is the owner's interpretation of the County's response. There is no reference in the article to checking with the County to see what their version is. It seems as if there may be more to it than that. Like there was more support for keeping it than complaints, the lawyers revisited their decision, etc. And important to note that the owner said that they would revisit if they got another complaint. They have to....it's their Job.
Lori A. Webster May 28, 2011 at 08:10 PM
And I think it's a fine representation of the creativity found in Altadena, Bill. Wish our businesses would do more of this instead of employing plastic or vinyl signage. High fives to both you and Mike from another independent business owner in our fair town.
Dottie Burns May 28, 2011 at 09:42 PM
THINK POSITIVELY! Woo Hoo, it's here to stay.
mike wingis May 29, 2011 at 01:12 AM
You are the man Bill! As a long time resident of Altadena, I hope we see more of your work here in town!
Carol Lachata June 01, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Yay! Let's hear it for the 'squeaky wheels"!
ann September 13, 2012 at 09:06 PM
A beautiful mural A true work of ART We need more ART More public art What is the problem?? Mexicans do great murals LA is half Mexican Where does this come from??

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