'I was heartbroken, almost in tears; I know the mural means a lot to the community. We unveiled the memorial in 2004 with members of the Chavez family present. In this day and age, this makes me wonder why it was vandalized,” said mural artist Ignacio Gomez. He called members of the commemorative committee and artists, but the city moved quickly and thanks to a graffiti-resistant seal applied to the mural, the paint was successfully removed.
“It appears there was no long term damage to the mural,” said City Council member Robert Gonzales. “This isn't the first time the mural has been vandalized,” referencing the bronze plaque that was stolen from the monument years ago that listed those who donated to the mural. “We were the first city to proclaim a holiday for Cesar Chavez and had the largest monument created in his honor.”