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Graffiti and Those Who Churn It Out

August 12, 1993

The reason for the explosion in graffiti is that historically the authorities never took the problem seriously, satisfied with just letting taxpayers pay the clean-off costs. The main perpetrators are, of course, young male gang members who usually make their marks at night when most people are sleeping.

Too often, the few who are caught doing it are given only a verbal warning by police because they are only "kids." Is that enough? This nuisance will stop when these graffiti "artists" and/or their parents are fined for their "art." When was the last time you were only verbally warned by police for a traffic violation?

ERIC EHRMAN

Alhambra

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