Mural of Mission San Juan Capistrano Painted over
Did you know we had a presence in the San Fernando Valley? Well, not anymore.
Of course, I didn't even know Lake Balboa existed as it's one of several neighborhoods which have re-branded itself since I left in the '80s as "Not-Van Nuys" and "Not-Reseda."
So according to LA Observed, this mural was on the corner of Vanowen Street and Louise Avenue (Not-Reseda north of actual Encino) and was sponsored by Bert and Jane Boeckmann, the owners of Galpin Ford, a mega auto dealership in the Valley.
It was painted by Alfredo Diaz Flores, a noted Los Angeles-based muralist who died in 2008, just four years before completing "Mission San Juan Capistrano."
Seeing how the Valley has i ts own charming mission, it was an interesting choice. We really ARE the jewel of the mission.
Thankfully, the news website had some great photos of "before" and a pretty depressing "after" for posterity.
Still, for a San Juan Capistraneño (San Juan Capistraninian? San Juan Capistranite?), it's pretty jarring.