Regarding Patricia Kopf's April 11 column "Don't let Modesto look even more graffiti-ridden": It is obvious Kopf does not appreciate good mural art and that's all right.
Her error was in the disparaging remark concerning the public art ordinance work group. This was formed to create something for the municipal code that provides guidance for art associated with public facilities. Most cities have such an ordinance.
Kopf has the right to propose language to prevent any mural being placed on any structure.
Yet the difference between tagging and graffiti art is vast. Tagging is generally scrawl done without permission. It's irreverent and unwanted blight.
The code states that the city can step in if residents complain. But this primarily deals with obscenity.
There is a valiant effort going on to revitalize downtown Modesto. "American Graffiti"-themed murals are also a great part of this effort.
Kopf may want to speak with Cecil Russell, president of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce. I believe he could convince Kopf that this is nothing more than a beautiful, healthy and positive cultural event.