Mayor: We’ll Arrest and Prosecute Park Vandals
By: Rigoberto Hernandez | June 19, 2012 – 3:24 pm (link to posting)
The vandals of Dolores Park and Potrero Del Sol have gained a new powerful enemy: Mayor Ed Lee.
Today, during the mayor’s question time at the Board of Supervisors meeting, Lee promised to take steps to curb the vandalism that has hit city parks recently.
The Helen Diller playground at Dolores Park, for example, was vandalized just days after opening in April. Vandals marked the playground with graffiti and removed six of the 14 metal keys from the xylophone, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Crimes of vandalism and graffiti are an assault on our public resources,” Lee said. “It’s shameful.”
Here is how the mayor promised to curb the vandalism:
- The Parks and Recreation Department is working with food vendors and bicycle rental companies to offer “happy park uses.”
- The San Francisco Police Department will hire nine park patrol officers (citywide.)
- The police chief will tell his officers to enforce property crimes.
- “Once arrested, [the DA] will work to prosecute these criminals to the full extent of the law,” Lee said.
- Work with judges who dismiss vandalism cases and educate them on the importance of prosecution. “I see far too many [cases] dismissed,” he said.
- A graffiti specialist is currently developing leads to apprehend the vandals.
- Citizens are also encouraged to participate in the city’s graffiti reward program.
Police are investigating after a vandal defaced an original Pablo Picasso painting at a Texas museum last week and it happened to be captured on video by another museum-goer.
A grainy cellphone video on YouTube shows a man in a suit spray-painting a stencil of a bullfighter killing a bull on the 1929 Picasso painting "Woman in a Red Armchair" at Houston's Menil Collection museum. The man also wrote the Spanish word "Conquista" (meaning to conquer) before he fled.
Graffiti legend was also an NYPD cop
By KATHIANNE BONIELLO
Last Updated: 11:24 AM, November 6, 2011
Posted: 9:34 PM, November 5, 2011
Police have discovered the identity of one of New York City’s most prolific graffiti vandals -- and he’s one of their own.
Steven Weinberg, 43, of Flushing, a patrolman who retired from the NYPD in 2001 after hurting his leg, is the notorious “Neo” -- one of the peskiest subway taggers of the 1980s.
And the spray-painting miscreant is making a comeback, cops say.
Somebody’s Watching You: City Installs Covert Cameras
by Melissa Scott Sinclair
Flash. Click. Busted.
Richmond police have placed 11 hidden cameras around the city as part of a secret surveillance program intended to catch graffiti taggers, illegal dumpers and other miscreants.
Upon deeper reading of this sign, these are NOT legal codes. They are bullet calibers! Begs the legal question: If you shoot someone for spraying graff on your truck, is it self defense?
4 July 2011 Last updated at 10:55 ET
From the BBC
Who, What, Why: How do you graffiti-proof public art?
Spray can Graffiti may be art to some, but it is seen as a nuisance by others
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The price tag for the Ebbsfleet Landmark Project (ELP) has gone up from £2m to £12m, according to reports, with the budget for removing graffiti over 80 years part of the revised bill.
Artist says city erased mural it paid him to paint
June 01, 2011
Mural artist Joel Richardson was paid $2,000 by the city to do a mural on a city-owned wall on Dupont just west of Lansdowne. On Tuesday, somebody -- apparently the city -- painted over it, likely as part of Rob Ford's graffiti eradication campaign.
Artist Joel Richardson says the city has painted over a popular Dupont St. mural that it paid him $2,000 to create, an apparent misfire in Mayor Rob Ford’s war on graffiti.
Hong Kong Graffiti Challenges Chinese Artist's Arrest
by Louisa Lim
May 4, 2011 (from NPR)
This graffiti, appearing all over Hong Kong, has become a political statement, more than a month after the world-famous artist was detained by the authorities at Beijing airport. The campaign could yet lead to a jail term for the young graffiti artist responsible. And that fact has led to fears about the erosion of Hong Kong's distinct freedoms, which are a legacy of its colonial past under the British.
The art of clearing taggers' work in San Francisco
Monday, February 21, 2011
Nobody knows more about graffiti than Joe Padilla. The paint-shop supervisor for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, Padilla oversees graffiti removal for all of the city's 220 parks.
A San Francisco native, Padilla, 50, was baptized at Mission Dolores and grew up at 15th and Noe streets. He lives in Richmond with his wife of 24 years, Silvana, and has three children and three granddaughters.
This shop spends $280,000 a year on graffiti abatement alone. People tag retaining walls, benches, sidewalks, pathways, curbs, signs, light poles, picnic tables, pump houses, irrigation boxes. Trees get tagged. Yes, we faux-finish a lot of trees.
We're damn good at graffiti removal. Mayor Newsom made an executive order about four, five years ago, saying all departments must deal with graffiti within 48 hours of it being reported. I have eight guys on my crew, and we average about 80 percent for removing graffiti within two days.