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Mural memorializes Ventura's Tortilla Flats

It took just one month for a new freeway mural in Ventura to be hit by graffiti. The tagger was considerate, however, taking pains not to mar the piece, which commemorates a neighborhood destroyed in the 1950s to make way for the 101 Freeway. Instead of writing directly on the artwork, the tagger left a message on the back of an adhesive bandage, which was then applied as carefully as a mother treating a scrape on a child. The tagger had targeted one of the historic photographs used in the mural to celebrate the displaced residents of Tortilla Flats, a lively, multieth- nic neighborhood on Ventura's west side, just north of Surfers Point. Almost forgotten, many of the former...