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More chalk protests planned for downtown Art Walk: L.A. Now Live

Join Times reporters Kate Linthicum and Deborah Vankin and City Editor Shelby Grad for a discussion about Art Walk, which is expected to draw out-of-town Occupy demonstrators and members of the antiwar group Code Pink
Los Angeles police are bracing for the first downtown L.A. Art Walk since last month's event led to a skirmish that resulted in 14 arrests.

Join Times reporters Kate Linthicum and Deborah Vankin and City Editor Shelby Grad for a discussion about tonight's Art Walk, which is expected to draw out-of-town Occupy demonstrators, who are planning chalk murals, and members of the antiwar group Code Pink.

The live chat is scheduled for 9 a.m.

LAPD Capt. Horace Frank of the Central Division says his officers plan to enforce the law if they see it being broken.

PHOTOS: Police, protesters clash

"It's a violation of the law, it's vandalism, and we're going to make an arrest," he said, adding that he has received frequent emails from downtown property owners complaining about damage from chalk.

"My BlackBerry is burning up with pictures of businesses being vandalized," he said.

Art Walk organizers, meanwhile, have been going door to door to help downtown business owners prepare.

Edlin Roque, a 26-year-old intern with Los Angeles' Downtown Art Walk, recently added a new sign to the Yelp stickers and lost-dog poster in the window of Flea, a vintage clothing and gift shop.

It read: "I Support a Peaceful Art Walk."

"We were co-opted; there was a lot of collateral damage," said Art Walk director Joe Moller. "The concern is that now people think that Art Walk is about something other than art and that downtown isn't a safe place where they want to spend their time."

Photo: Juan Garcia with Grafitti Controls Systems sprays a wall on 5th Street near Broadway in downtown Los Angeles after it was covered with chalk grafitti. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

 
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