Posted: Jul 24, 2012 10:20 PM by Hope Hanselman, KSBY News
Updated: Jul 25, 2012 8:02 AM
Atascadero's Design Review committee is now considering new information in a case involving a local business's mural.
Earlier this month, owners of the ARTery in downtown Atascadero filed for an appeal on an order from the committee to take the mural down. Committee members say the painting violated an ordinance that business signs must be approved ahead of time.
Tonight, the committee heard from about a dozen people on both sides of the issue.
The attorney for the case, Ilan Funke-Bilu, says it comes down to freedom of expression. Art and business aside, he says the mural should be able to stay as an example of their first amendment rights.
"My clients feel that the first amendment right of expression and speech is displayed in the mural," Funke-Bilu said.
Tonight, he gave committee members a copy of a similar case from Indio, California, that shows a group ruling such ordinances interfere with those rights.
The committee took the public comment but delayed their decision. So far, they don't have a date on when that will be set.
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