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Santa Fe Springs to paint signal box

SANTA FE SPRINGS — The drab electrical signal box on the northwest corner of Telegraph Road and Jersey Avenue will be brightened with a mural depicting a drug awareness theme.

The City Council May 14 allocated $1,800 from its Art in Public Places fund and contracted with Hartzog and Crabill Inc. to have artist Candace Galvan paint the mural, the city’s second such project.

The theme, selected by the council-appointed Heritage Arts Advisory Committee earlier this year, will depict police officers, children and anti-drug use signs, said Supervisor Ed Ramirez of the Community Services Department.

The Police Services building, located at that intersection, is in the background of the painting, Ramirez added.

Besides enhancing the appearance of the city, the murals also save money in graffiti removal as the paint is resistant to graffiti, Ramirez said.

The Art in Public Places Fund comes from fees on developers and contractors who must provide an artwork equal to about 1 percent of their project, either at the project site in public view or by giving the city in lieu money to place art in community areas.