The start of school summer vacation is usually accompanied with a rash of graffiti. This year it appears to have started earlier. We have had a recent spike in graffiti. The residential areas on Gateway Drive, Sequoia Drive and Courtland Drive were extensively vandalized with gang related graffiti on the night of Monday, May 4. There was a minimum of ten locations on the sidewalks; at least three private driveways; a front yard retaining wall and a vehicle hood. The majority of the sidewalk locations were power washed by Tuesday, the same day it was reported, and consent forms were left at residences that had graffiti on the driveway, when no one could be contacted at the door. Code enforcement cases were opened on the incidents that involved private property.
In addition to the above locations, graffiti was also located on the wooden residential fence on the S/W corner of O’Hara Avenue and Chianti Drive; the sidewalk in two locations on Chianti Drive; two locations on the sidewalk at O’Hara Park School and the wooden fence on the north side of W. Cypress Road at Ponderosa Drive. The graffiti on the fence at the corner of O’Hara and Chianti Dr. was removed. The other sidewalk areas and the fence on W. Cypress at Ponderosa Drive was scheduled to be abated by the end of last week.
The City’s aggressive policy of having graffiti removed within 24 hours after it being reported is working. As a community we need to continue to be vigilant in our efforts to fight graffiti. If you see graffiti call the main City number (625-7000), or directly to Code Enforcement (625-7031).