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Symbolic Gestures

Monday, Jul. 05, 2010 3:53 AM

A boot to the head to whatever geniuses at CalTrans thought painting over a flag mural off the Sunol grade on Interstate 680 was a good thing to do the week before the 4th of July.

The mural, which was painted by three men shortly after the 9/11 attacks, was declared graffiti and thus illegal, even though it lay untouched for nearly eight years. (Some generous sort in Bureaucratistan pointed out the artists could apply for a permit to paint a flag in the spot.)

But kudos to Jim Gallagher and Steve Giordano, two men - neither one part of the original group that painted the flag - who repainted the flag prior to the holiday.

Hint to CalTrans: Leave the flag mural alone, or I suspect you'll have more flag 'graffiti' than you'll know what to do with.

Won't be posting for the next couple of days, as I'll be in a class to learn more about Final Cut Pro, which we're finally transitioning to here at work. (The actual switchover is still in the indeterminate future.) A verdict in the Johannes Mehserle trial could come as early as Tuesday.

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