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Meeting over proposed city logo art project postponed

February 09, 2012

A meeting to discuss a youth-oriented rendering of the Costa Mesa city seal created by Hurley artist Jason Maloney has been postponed.

City staff members plan on presenting a variety of illustrations by different artists to the Cultural Arts Committee, but couldn't pull the ideas together in time for the meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, according to city spokesman Bill Lobdell.

Maloney's illustration of the seal, complete with barbed wire encircling a surfboard and headphones and his signature elephants, received a mixed reaction from the community.

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Councilwoman Wendy Leece, one of the more vocal opponents, said the images didn't represent Costa Mesa's best attributes.

However, Lobdell and Maloney have said the idea was to celebrate the city's surf-skate youth culture in order to reach a younger audience.

Lobdell and fellow city spokesman Dan Joyce first selected Maloney to make a youth-oriented city symbol to raise money for water filters bound for Haiti.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. March 8 at City Hall, 77 Fair Drive.

— Lauren Williams

Twitter: @lawilliams30

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