A decision to repaint Laguna Beach police cars with an image of the American flag running through lettering on the doors will return to the City Council Tuesday after some residents deemed it unfit for the artists’ community.
Though most of the comments made by residents in recent months were about the squad cars’ new aesthetics, online reaction in recent days characterized the debate as pitting flag supporters against flag opponents. City officials say the matter is far more nuanced.
He said he received about a dozen emails of concern from residents after the council approved the design and before it decided to rehear the issue.
“Some of the words people used was that they felt it was threatening, intimidating, harassing and a symbol of racism,” Dicterow said.
At a recent council meeting, local artist Carrie Woodburn said the design scheme on the squad cars looked “aggressive.”
(Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Aggressive? Threatening? Harassing? And of course, Racistly RAAAAACIST!!!!!!! Give me a break. These few malcontents need to be ignored, and dismissed as the control freaks they are. And, since this story hot, the city has decided to listen to the adults
LAGUNA BEACH — After a new patriotic red, white and blue logo on Laguna Beach police vehicles became a topic of national debate, this week, the Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday, April 16, ruled that the graphic will remain in place.
“This has made us more unified than anything I’ve ever seen in this town,” said Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow, who was one of four council members who voted in support of the design.