This weekend our cadets finished a project started two weeks ago. Many residents are familiar with the murals that grace the fences on Haskell Ave. between Victory and Haynes St. And when the Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council wanted to add a new piece honoring Daniel Pearl, I was eager to help their work.
Unfortunately, before they could start there was a huge barrier between the art and the fences. With trash and foliage overwhelming the west sidewalk, Haskell needed a clean up before we could even begin painting the memorial. My team was joined by high schoolers from across Lake Balboa helped to clean up the area rain or shine.
After the sidewalk was cleaned, students from Daniel Pearl Magnet High School and West Valley cadets spent two days with San Fernando Valley muralist Levi Ponce to paint a mural recognizing the a journalist who sacrificed his life while reporting on international terrorism.