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Original post made by BobD, Birdland, on May 27, 2010

There seems to be a slight outbreak of graffiti recently. The Valero gas station on Valley and Hopyard has had two very visible "tags" on their walls now for at least the past couple of weeks. There is also fresh graffiti on the residential wall on Valley near Harvest Park. Bit of an eyesore all around. I called into the automated graffiti hotline at PPD to report it, but to no clean up result to present. Does anyone have any advice for alternative routes to get this cleaned up? Thanks much

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Posted by Diva
a resident of Birdland
on May 27, 2010 at 9:22 am

We need a city ordinance to impose harsh punishment on anyone who puts graffiti around town. I'd say fine them $1000 plus 100 hours of community service plus mandatory 1 week jail time for the first offense and sentence triples for each additional offense.

Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on May 27, 2010 at 11:49 am

BobD - Call City Manager Fialho and Mayor Hosterman. Send them photos. You can also send the photos and info to Jeb Bing.

Posted by jp
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 27, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I too, called the automated line for graffiti several months ago, to promises of a 72 hour turnaround and even a callback if desired (I did). But I never heard back. I gave it about 10 days then filed an online police report. Again no callback, although I asked for one, but a couple weeks after that the detailed police report it was silently cleaned up. There was a major article in the PW awhile back which is what gave me awareness of the graffiti hotline, but from my personal experience and the apparent experience of the original poster to this thread, it is not working as promised.

Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on May 27, 2010 at 1:21 pm

to the OP - I've had the exact opposite experience with the Graffiti hotline. I've called on numerous occaissions about graffiti along the Arroyo Del Valle sound wall next to 680. Everytime I've called, the graffiti was gone within 24 hours.

I've also called the Park Maintenance Hotline to report broken or vandalized playground equipment. Again, the equipment was repaired or replaced within 24 hours. In fact, I believe one instance, the problem was solved seemingly overnight.

Posted by Ol' Dave
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2010 at 8:53 am

Call the Loony Mayor and the City Council members and tell them you want:
1) The police to priorize crime prevention and quit spending so much of our police resource on catching "speeders"
2) An ordinance with some severe penalties for grafitti artists (such as a $1000 fine plus 80 hours of cleaning-up grafitti for the FIRST offense, with sharp increases for subsequent offenses)

Posted by Dave
a resident of San Ramon
on May 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I like what they do to graffiti artists in the Phillipines. I bet they don't have much of a problem. (was it 20 lashes that the idiot teenage american was facing?)

Posted by M.
a resident of Downtown
on May 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm

M. is a registered user.


Correct me if I am wrong but, I believe you are referring to Singapore not the Philippines. More specifically the 1994 case involving Michael P. Fay who was accused and later found guilty of Stealing street signs, and vandalizing numerous cars. He was sentenced to four months in jail $3500(Singapore dollars) fine and six stokes of the cane, which was later reduced to four strokes.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on May 29, 2010 at 11:38 am

Let's use clinging plants to solve this problem long may take a bit more water but considering the overall impact of layers of paint (resources to create it, paint it, ugliness), I think the plant solution is better.

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