On January 23, 2000, this comment from Nancy MacCoon appeared in the LA Times:
Indeed, the mural had been defaced once again, and Twitchell finally abandoned the Angeles Prince Hotel as the Lady's home.
And so began the quest for a permanent residence. In 2004, plans were hatched to recreate the mural at the Valley Institute of Visual Arts (VIVA), but the project hit continuous roadblocks. VIVA was closed in 2011, which left the Freeway Lady wandering Los Angeles still in search of a home.
MacCoon, Nancy. "Graffiti on Mural." Los Angeles Times: 4. Jan 23 2000. ProQuest. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.
In 2016, the Freeway Lady officially arrived at Los Angeles Valley College. Her new 30 x 22 foot incarnation features some enhancements, including a technicolor afghan designed by members of the Crochet Guild of Sacramento, and a flying afghan streamer by Long Beach resident Peggy Baxter. A true community endeavor, LAVC students and local residents assisted in the mural's installation.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News, Twitchell described LA Valley College as the perfect place for the Freeway Lady to rest.
“I think the Valley is a great place for her to retire,” he said. “When I was growing up, it’s where all the movie stars lived."
The Freeway Lady's forever home on the northwest corner of the Student Services building is a stone's throw from another iconic mural: the "Great Wall" in the Tujunga Wash. With the arrival of the Freeway Lady, our pocket of the San Fernando Valley continues to grow as a destination for appreciation of public art.
Twitchell's commitment to the Freeway Lady resulted in his co-founding the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA), which aims "to restore, preserve, and document the murals of Los Angeles." According to its mission statement, MCLA works to protect the legal rights of artists and to prevent the loss of significant works of public art. The organization is "committed to preserving the artists heritage of Los Angeles as one of the mural capitals of the world."
Of his mural restoration work, Twitchell said to the LA Times:
"It's just so satisfying to know that you've contributed to the environment of the town that you live in -- to provide something positive. I still believe in art that uplifts, in art that reflects the better part of us. I still believe in heroes."