The writing on the wall Around Town, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Apr 24, 2009 at 11:29 am
Not a day goes by in Pleasanton that someone doesn't discover graffiti scribed on a freeway underpass, stop sign, railroad boxcar or the side of a building. This city has nowhere near the amount of tags as San Jose or Oakland, but did you know that last calendar year, Pleasanton spent $50,000 covering up graffiti?
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 24, 2009, 12:00 AM
Posted by Idea, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2009 at 11:58 am
I think we should ask the City Coucil / PPD to institute a program where kids that get caught for doing things that need repair to take part in a community clean up program.
There have been several kids in this town, that just I know of, that have been caught by the police doing damage to the elementary schools, etc, and instead of letting them only get a warning, they should be taken to their parents and signed up for community clean up projects. No one appreciates anything they have, including a wonderful community where we care for one another as we do here in Pleasanton - unless they have to work for it.
I'm tired of us parents just either hoping our kids won't get charged with misdemeanor charges or offering to pay up. When kids drive their cars into the parks and destroy the grass, or tag, etc, it costs all of us and there is less money to go toward the real needs of our community.
I hope someone with some level of authority will read this and consider doing something to really teach our kids what character is about. It's a wonderful program at the schools, but let's include real-life examples and real life consequences.
Posted by Parent of Two, a resident of the Val Vista neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2009 at 12:19 pm Parent of Two is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Simple solution: Establish a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of the taggers. Make the taggers (likely their parents) pay the cost to clean up the graffiti x 2, and give the matching funds as the reward to the tipster.
Posted by resident, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2009 at 1:59 pm
Not just the stupid kids -- the stupid parents need to pay the price also. When mommy and daddy have to spend 5 consecutive WEEKDAYS doing community service they will have to explain it to their bosses as well as actually get something done. And if they stand around doing nothing, it becomes 10 days not just 5. Discipline your kids or some of us will find a way to do it for you.
It takes a village . . . and I volunteer to be the hanging judge.
Posted by Jennifer, a resident of the Walnut Hills neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2009 at 4:01 pm
re: "idea" above:
I know that the youth court on Stoneridge that meets the first Tuesday of each month to deal with youth offenses offers similar "punishments" for crimes like petty theft and fighting. The kids are sentenced by their peers and the sentences can include everything from a jail tour and restitution to community service and mandatory family counseling. I sat in on this court and it seemed to be a pretty effective way to deal with minor offenses. I'm not sure if vandalism is part of their caseload, but if not, it should be!
Posted by south pleasanton, a resident of the Bridle Creek neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2009 at 9:27 pm
I can't believe the PW put this story on their front page! The value in ridding communities of graffiti is, first, cleaning it up immediately, and second, ignoring it. The PW did a huge disservice in putting this matter on its front page - I'll just bet we see a lot more graffiti around town, and it will cost that much more in city resources to clean it up.
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Kottinger Ranch neighborhood, on Apr 26, 2009 at 1:39 pm
I'm not sure if I agree with the poster above...but I'm not sure I disagree with them either...
Either way - I understand not all graffiti is on freeway sound walls. BUT, if we could plant ivy on the walls, that takes care of HUGE spaces that are often used for graffiti. This would eliminate a lot of available area. And any area which is tagged should routinely be evaluated for landscaping to see if that can solve the problem. Our city will eventually look greener and taggers will find it increasingly harder to spray somewhere.