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Graffiti Problem

Original post made by Concerned Resident, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Mar 17, 2009

Pleasanton seems to be experiencing an increase in graffiti - some of which could actually be gang related - check out the fence separating the old railroad tracks with the Civic Square Apartments complex (which, by the way, wants to expand their complex) but never does anything to clean up their own graffiti problem - Pleasanton P.O. has been contacted as well but yet, the graffiti still remains - SUR X3
graffiti is constantly on this fence visible from Sunol Blvd.
I have noticed graffiti on Stoneridge Dr. where the extension will go through as well as other strategic places all over town - what's happening and why isn't any one cleaning it up? Budget problems? Do we really want to look like Hayward?

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Posted by huh
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Mar 17, 2009 at 1:08 pm

If you're so concerned, why don't you do take the action item to clean them up?


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Posted by huh
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Mar 17, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Just to be clear, my last comment was not a sarcastic remark. When I see graffiti in my neighborhood, I grab the paint and clean it up in a matter of minutes. Instead of complaining about it, do something about it.


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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2009 at 6:15 pm

[Post removed because it was irrelevant to the thread]


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Posted by EW
a resident of Donlon Elementary School
on Mar 18, 2009 at 8:20 am

Doesn't Pleasanton have a graffiti hotline where you can call and someone will come out and paint over it? I thought I heard that before?


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Posted by EW
a resident of Donlon Elementary School
on Mar 18, 2009 at 8:26 am

I just looked it up and the graffiti hotline is 925-931-5245, but I guess they don't check it often, but if you call the police non emergency line at 925-931-5100 you can let them know about the graffiti and they will take care of it. Let's all call on all the graffiti we see to clean up our town!


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Posted by Ghetto Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 18, 2009 at 8:36 am

I have noticed an increase as well all over Pleasanton. When I phoned the PD they had assured me that they already had received reports and they would get to it as soon as the rain stopped. Apparently the product they use to remove graffiti cannot be used in the rain.

When I told some friends this, they laughed as they are city employees for another city and they tell me the product they use to remove graffiti can be used rain or shine. Pleasanton better get with the times, to me that is the quickest way to make your city lose value.


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Posted by My Kid's Mom
a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Mar 18, 2009 at 8:41 am

I have called the Graffiti Hotline on numerous occasions. 90% of the time they have been very responsive and come out within a day or two and paint over it. The last time I called they were very slow to respond and I had to call several times, but eventually they did come take care of it.

While I do agree with the overall premise of "huh's" rather sharply worded suggestion, I would caution anyone against taking matters into their own hands and painting over graffiti without checking with the PD first. It makes perfect sense to me to correct the issue myself and I would like to, however doing so could put one in the position of being accused of defacing public property. Unless you have express permission by the owner of the affected property, you're best bet is to contact the Graffiti Hotline.


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Posted by Donna
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 18, 2009 at 8:54 am

Please post the grafitti hotline telephone number... thank you.


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Posted by Drew Lindner
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 18, 2009 at 9:09 am

I am not making a sales pitch but would also like to help keep our communities clean. My company manufactures graffiti removers, anti-graffiti coatings and conducts seminars to help educate people on how to properly deal with this problem. You DO NOT want to always just paint over it, especially if it was not a painted surface in the first place. If have questions or would like suggestions with how to properly deal with the different types of graffiti vandalism give us a call - 800-4graffiti which is 800-447-2334 and speak with Dana.


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Posted by Make a change
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Mar 18, 2009 at 9:27 am

Many times when problems arise we think, why isn't something done about it! Well sometimes WE are the ones who need to take charge and get that something done ourselves.
Form a group and make the clean up happen. The budget isn't getting any bigger.


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Posted by Concerned resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 18, 2009 at 10:31 am

to "huh" I agree about doing something - but since you don't even know me or anything about me you should be cautious to reach incorrect conclusions (i.e. that I am not doing something about it) - glad you at least realized your fist comments looked very sarcastic - problem with too many posters here - they don't have common decency and manners - rather than walking around town with paint cans all weekend long - I have a full time job huh so not very realistic solution - I am doing something about this problem in different ways (I have contacted the P.D. and the property owners) - but thanks for the suggestion


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Posted by Cleaned up some on my own
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Mar 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm

I have cleaned a few on my own but only because I had the time. I made a bigger mess before I solved the problem. Don't we want it done right? I haven't noticed any long delays in the city cleaning it up. The recent tagging on Stoneridge was gone as soon as the rain stopped (less than 2 days after it was done) and over on the corner of Valley/Santa Rita it took them a day at the most. I can't imagine they are able to drop what they are doing right then and there to respond to that hotline. Give credit where it is due, they do the best they can. Look around, Pleasanton is a beautiful place. It's up to us to do our part as well. Keep our eyes open and help solve the problem.Neighborhood watches, using the hotline, KEEPING OUR KIDS BUSY, etc. It's all about working together.


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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 18, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Around midnight last night a couple of boys were being loud, waking the neighborhood up on Hansen. As you looked outside, you saw them carrying a 4-5 foot pole of somekind over their backs. They were whistling up ahead towards other kids closer to Valley. Who knows if this is a device that enables one to reach up high when spray painting. Just a thought.


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Posted by Toni
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Mar 19, 2009 at 8:34 am

Pleasanton has lived in this bubble for so long they may think this couldn't happen here. Well it is. Let's call the PD if we hear or see something suspicious so they become more aware.


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Posted by Michelle
a resident of Parkside
on Mar 19, 2009 at 8:39 am

Comment to: Cleaned up some on my own, a resident of the Stoneridge Park neighborhood

Thanks so much for cleaning it up. What was the final technique. Also, you comment on "Keeping Kids Busy"... with the budget cuts to the schools we may be loosing some activites that currently "Keep Kids Busy" so keep that in consideration when you vote on June 2nd.


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Posted by res
a resident of Donlon Elementary School
on Mar 19, 2009 at 11:20 am

That is a gang marking for the surrenos.

If you see kids out that look suspicious like that call the PD and report it. There is a curfew here. Its better if they catch them before the problem gets bigger.


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Posted by marie
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 19, 2009 at 11:49 am

FYI It's the streets dept for the city of Pleasanton that takes care of this. A few years ago they said if you reported it, it would be gone in 24hrs.


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Posted by Member
a resident of Castlewood
on Mar 19, 2009 at 12:01 pm

We need to get at the root of the problem, rather than picking up after the kids!!


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Posted by new pleasanton resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Pleasanton has gangs? I've never heard that before.


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Posted by Experience Parent
a resident of Ponderosa
on Mar 20, 2009 at 6:27 am

Mexican gangs exist--Nortenos and Surenos. Livermore deals with these groups often. Some may live in Pleasanton, possibly on Vineyard Avenue and elsewhere about town. Drugs are easy to get because our kids have money. Those that don't have money sell ipods, cell phones, etc. that they take ("jack") from other kids to get money to buy marijuana, ectasy, meth and other drugs. Some kids end up becoming small time dealers. Parents need to pay more attention to what is going on around town. Not all kids fit into the "athletic-dance-academia" cookie cutter mold.


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Posted by Chuck
a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 20, 2009 at 4:36 pm

I recently saw at least 20 graffiti instances in the Val Vista and Valley Trails neighborhoods, and reported all of them to the Graffiti hotline. MOST of them were cleaned up quickly, as they fronted Hopyard Road -- but not all. My conclusion was they were ALL related. This stuff MUST be snipped in the bud, and I suspect that if the authorities are doing their job, they KNOW, or suspect, who the perpetrators are. NO, we do NOT want to become (another city), or anything like it! We want to remain PLEASANTON! bUT, IT takes everyone's cooperation, and patience, and money, too! USE THE HOTLINE, FOLKS! Thank You!!!


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Posted by Chuck
a resident of Val Vista
on Mar 20, 2009 at 4:40 pm

I have been told by the Pleasanton PD that the graffiti hotline number is : 484-8380

Please us it!!


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Posted by Not sure...
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Mar 20, 2009 at 9:25 pm


This is another reason why those that paint away should not do it themselves.
You need to contact the graffiti hotline so that that the PD can view it and hopefully identify it.
My husband works for the San Jose PD and he said that once Stoneridge Extension is built, this will be the least of our problems.



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Posted by Randy
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Mar 24, 2009 at 11:15 pm

so many people in pleasanton with their heads in the sand. people that want to be able to drive quickly from one part of town to the other, ruining the charm that attracted many in the first place, all for the sake of progress, we gotta bring pleasanton into the 21st century.

well faster and bigger roads also means better access and escape for criminals. you have no idea the negative impact it will have. there are already a lot of gang members in pleasanton, working in the stores and fast food places. its only going to get worse. better get out while your property i still worth something.

unclehomer will probably say i'm just doom and gloom, but look around yourselves and see all the trouble that is already here.


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Posted by Not sure
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Mar 25, 2009 at 10:08 am

I know that gangs exist, but let's not assume that all the graffiti is "gang" related. A lot of what I see does not even look like the "usual" gang markings or signs.
Randy how do you know we already have a lot of "gang members" working in Pleasanton?
I see a lot of hard working people around town doing jobs that luckily many of us do not have to do.


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Posted by Not sure
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:09 am

Randy, by the way, except for the "gang members working"...comment, I agreed with everything else that you said.
580 is a major freeway that will only get worse as the years pass.
If we build the extension, most people will use Stoneridge as a highway.
We will get people passing through to get to their destination, people doing business in Pleasanton, and people with not so honorable intentions. We are kidding ourselves if we believe that things are going to stay the same once this road is built.


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Posted by Jim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2009 at 8:58 pm

SUR X3 still there - gang markings for Surenos - wake up Pleasanton you have a graffiti problem and some of it is gang related


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Posted by Jim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2009 at 9:01 pm

take a stroll down to the railroad bridge at the Arroyo Mocho off of St. John St. - lovely graffiti there or the backyard fences / freeway barrier walls clearly visible from 580 marking the Val Vista neighborhood - tons of graffiti pops up there - although does seem to get cleaned up from time to time...


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Posted by HAYWARD
a resident of Valley Trails
on Sep 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm

oh no ...your pretty city has graffiti...THATS ALL YOU PEOPLE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT? some one wrote on the wall...call the cops they will save us...yeah right...


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Posted by john
a resident of another community
on Sep 13, 2009 at 9:48 pm

vigilence is the difference - the only difference


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Posted by Emily
a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Sep 14, 2009 at 9:05 am

To My Kid's Mom,

You and I appear to live in the same neighborhood. If you are referring to the graffiti on Happy Valley near Pleasanton-Sunol Blvd, I used to be able to call the Graffiti Hotline or the non-emergency line and they would come clean it up. Now when I call they tell me that the graffiti is on county property and out of their jurisdiction.

I inquired about just taking care of it myself, but they advised that I not do so because it could be viewed as defacing public property....huh??? There are also safety issues because it's such a narrow road that is somewhat blind to drivers coming around the bend.

To make matters worse, I called the county and they said it's Pleasanton's jurisdiction. So they won't be sending anyone out any time soon either.

So frustrating!


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