Graffiti 'artists' becoming more visible

Charges pending against one local graffitist

Despite recent complaints about graffiti, Pleasanton police say there's not more -- it's just more visible. However, a recent arrest has put the tagger known as "REZIST" out of business.

"This particular individual is responsible for doing at least eight tags that we know of that have been in very prominent locations in town," said Lt. Craig Eicher, explaining that the retaining wall at the Foothill Adobe was among the spots the graffitist hit.

Pleasanton has had 90 reports of graffiti since the beginning of the year, with 55 reports from Jan. 1 to March 31; and 35 between April 1 and June 7. Eicher said it's more about what's seen than the actual numbers.

"I think the folks that are doing it are putting it in more conspicuous places," he said. "I think people are noticing it more."

Another location that's received recent attention is along Vineyard Avenue. Eicher said that's another example of visibility rather than volume.

Shannon Revel-Whitaker, a community service officer in crime prevention, said anyone spotting graffiti should call police. There's a hotline for graffiti that people can call anonymously if they'd like: 484-8380. Anyone seeing someone actually tagging a spot should call the Police Department's main number: 931-5100.

Revel-Whitaker said the city will clean public areas, but private property is the owner's responsibility, adding that a homeowner should still let police know. She said in general there are two possibilities when it comes to so-called graffiti "artists."

"Either you have a whole lot of people running out and doing graffiti, or it's a few people that are making a larger problem," Revel-Whitaker said.

Regardless, she said getting rid of graffiti is important, because an area that's marked can give the impression that it's not being cared for -- which can lead to other problems with crime.

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Posted by Devon
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 8, 2010 at 8:43 am

We really need to impose a heavy fine (say $10,000) on these graffitist to pay for the clean up and hopefully curb some of their psychotic behaviors.

Ship these loonies off to Oakland or Richmond so they can graffiti all they want. Enough is enough.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Comments like "Ship these loonies off to Oakland or Richmond so they can graffiti all they want. Enough is enough." doesn't sound totally racist or anything. Come on, how is that doing anyone any good? Don't act like because you live in Pleasanton, that means your better then someone who lives in Oakland or Richmond.

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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm

mooseturd is a registered user.

We need to use the "GLOVE".

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Jun 9, 2010 at 9:44 am

SteveP is a registered user.

Bill form Dublin----how is shipping local criminals elsewhere racist? Are you inferring that taggers may only be black or that Oakland and Richmond are home to lots of criminals of color?
And why aren't people in Pleasanton better than those living in Oaktown or Richmond (murder captials of Calif and the US)?
Heck, they are better than those in Dublin, so it's not a stretch.

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Posted by Shell
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2010 at 10:35 am

I agree impose a fine to these people. And then lets start raising rents in apartments get them out of our town. Police start harassing them so they don't feel welcomed in our community. It's sad if we don't do something now our community will turn into Richmond and Oakland. We were at WalMart last night in livermore and almost was ran over in the parking lot by these (Word removed) robbing the store. The cops know where these gangs are start arresting them. I say do whatever you have to do to get all trouble makers out of our town. We pay alot more to live in these communities so our kids don't have to grow up with gangs and violence. You can call it racist, but I don't care the color of there skin if you are making trouble then get them out of here.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm


Ok, probably racist was the wrong word to use, but it upsets me that because one city is faced with a problem someones solution is get rid of it by shipping out the problem. How is that fixing anything? Agreed, Oakland has enough problems, but because it has tons of crime then we should contribute. I'm not saying any city should be better then the next, I would prefer for every city to be equal. Starting with individual cities and reducing crime make for an overall better world, I guess is what I was getting at.

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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm

What makes you think the residents of Oakland or Richmond want that any more than you do? Why didn't you say San Ramon or Danville? Alamo or Walnut Creek? Because you are a RACIST. You assume that criminal behavior is more acceptable and /or deserved in a community whose demographics are made up primarily of people who don't look like you. So sad and pathetic you are.
Oakland and Richmond CA are not the murder capitals of either the United States or California. Get your facts right.

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Posted by An intelligent person
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Oakland has the highest murder rate in California, which would technically make it the murder capital of California.... Just trying to educate you people. It's also not a matter of race. It's the fact that a large portion of Oakland is made up of low-income, unemployed, and down right poor people. However, the majority of violent crimes are committed by peoples of non-white races including Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. It's not racism people. It's fact.

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Posted by Maria
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Perhaps it's because I didn't read the article with my race goggles on, but I didn't see any mention of the nationality or even the identity of the tagger. You people were the ones who inevitably made it an argument about race (or would that be socio-economic background?...) Typical.

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