Judge To San Francisco School Board: Arnautoff's Murals Must Remain
Public officials must "give more than lip-service" to laws designed to protect historical resources, the judge wrote.
Victor Arnautoff’s murals have adorned the walls of San Francisco’s George Washington High School for over 80 years. And even before the San Francisco school board began studying the impact of their potential removal, most board members clearly wanted them gone: At one public meeting, two members of the board wore T-shirts emblazoned with the phrases “Take It Down” and “Resistance.”
The school board’s bias, a state judge ruled Tuesday, violated the law.
“Neutral administrative procedures must be applied without regard to political interests,” Judge Anne-Christine Massullo wrote. “California, as a matter of long-standing public policy, places enormous value on its environmental and historical resources and the People [are] entitled to expect public officials to give more than lip-service to the laws designed to protect those resources.”
The ruling is a reassuring reminder that the rule of law still applies, and that the government must be a neutral arbiter. So the murals will stay up for …