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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1990
Recently you carried a story about a group placing City Council members Hal Bernson and Joy Picus on their "enemies" list for allegedly not cleaning up graffiti in the Valley. That's just plain wrong. As the past president of the Devonshire Division PALS, we worked closely with the council office on graffiti cleanup efforts. In fact, Councilman Bernson has even donated graffiti-cleanup equipment to the LAPD! VICTOR SAMPSON Northridge
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Thursday sentenced a graffiti artist to 13 days in jail and 45 days of graffiti removal for violating his probation, saying that his success as a tagger-turned-artist could help inspire young vandals to take their art into the studios. Judge Marcelita Haynes sentenced Cristian Gheorghiu, also known as Smear, after he acknowledged that he violated the terms of his probation for vandalism by posting photos of illegal graffiti on his website.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1997 | NICK GREEN
Volunteers in El Rio hope to write an epitaph for graffiti Saturday in their community. A graffiti cleanup day sponsored by Ventura County Supervisor John Flynn and the Ventura County Sheriff's Department will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. People who would like to participate should meet at the Soliz-El Rio Library, 2820 Jourdan St., wearing work clothes and equipped with a paintbrush or roller. A local pizzeria will provide lunch and a hardware store will bring the paint.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2009 | David Zahniser
Two Los Angeles politicians said Tuesday that they would embark on a new strategy for fighting graffiti: taking the vandals, and their parents, to civil court and demanding financial damages. City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo and Councilman Dennis Zine said they would pursue passage of an ordinance that would allow private property owners to turn responsibility for graffiti cleanup over to the city. That, in turn, would allow city prosecutors to sue for damages if the property was vandalized.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA
A cleanup effort targeting graffiti trouble spots in Pacoima and Lake View Terrace will take place Saturday, the third such event this year. The ongoing Los Angeles County campaign to beautify graffiti-scarred areas will receive a boost from at least 30 Girl Scouts from the San Fernando Valley Girl Scouts Council, who will earn community service merit badges by removing graffiti from walls and other surfaces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1990
Los Angeles County supervisors voted 3-2 this week to require property owners in unincorporated territory to remove graffiti as a condition for receiving a zoning change. Supervisor Pete Schabarum, joined by Supervisor Kenneth Hahn in opposing the measure, questioned how the understaffed Planning Department would be able to enforce the requirement when it has been unable to enforce more serious zoning violations. "Who's kidding who?"
NEWS
January 25, 1990
The Westinghouse Foundation has donated $2,000 to help pay for graffiti cleanup along Fairfax Boulevard. The money was presented last week in response to an appeal by Vitalize Fairfax, a neighborhood group made up of area volunteer groups, developers and elected officials. "We wanted to do something that would benefit not just the merchants but the community at large," said Willie D. Hall, who presented the check on behalf of the foundation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1993 | MAIA DAVIS
Volunteers who turn out this morning for a monthly graffiti cleanup in Oxnard will get some help from their representatives in Sacramento. Assemblyman Nao Takasugi and state Sen. Cathie Wright, Republicans whose districts include Oxnard, will attend the Neighborhood Uplift cleanup event that will run from 8 a.m. until about noon. Organized by the Oxnard Police Department three months ago, the project enlists volunteers to spend one Saturday morning each month painting over graffiti.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1993 | TOMMY LI
City officials have agreed to allow two Glendale families to together perform 64 hours of community service rather than pay graffiti cleanup costs. Council members last week authorized City Atty. Scott H. Howard to file a civil suit if the families failed to pay a $350 graffiti removal bill by July 26.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK
Judges in Orange County may be able to use a proposed graffiti abatement program as a form of punishment, thus relieving overcrowded jails by offering an alternative to traditional sentencing, Municipal Judge Richard W. Stanford Jr. said this week. County Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez has proposed using County Jail inmates to clean up the spray-painted scrawl that marks many buildings and walls in the urban areas of the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Property owners are now required to erase graffiti within 10 days. After an outbreak of graffiti at a vacant restaurant and other commercial buildings, the City Council voted to shorten the cleanup period from 30 days to 10 after city notification. Property owners face a $100-a-day fine on the 11th day and $200 after that.
OPINION
February 1, 2002
Re "Davis TV Ads Attack Riordan," Jan. 29: The first time I saw Gov. Gray Davis' hit piece on Richard Riordan I thought how pathetic and desperate the governor must feel about his reelection prospects. While abortion is an issue that certainly evokes strong feelings from just about all voters wherever they stand on the subject, it is perhaps the biggest non-issue facing the voters of California today. The abortion issue in California was firmly decided when Ronald Reagan was governor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1997 | NICK GREEN
Volunteers in El Rio hope to write an epitaph for graffiti Saturday in their community. A graffiti cleanup day sponsored by Ventura County Supervisor John Flynn and the Ventura County Sheriff's Department will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. People who would like to participate should meet at the Soliz-El Rio Library, 2820 Jourdan St., wearing work clothes and equipped with a paintbrush or roller. A local pizzeria will provide lunch and a hardware store will bring the paint.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1997 | MATEA GOLD and JOHN M. GLIONNA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Perhaps only in Venice Beach--home to off-the-wall artists, boardwalk bassoon players and alternative-minded denizens--could an act of graffiti cleanup be investigated as a case of vandalism.
NEWS
May 25, 1996 | MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By a wide margin, the Assembly on Friday passed a Republican measure that could mean a new risk for graffiti taggers--a trip to state prison. The bill (AB 2331) by Assemblyman Jan Goldsmith (R-Poway) seeks to elevate graffiti offenses from misdemeanors to possible felonies, depending on the prosecutor's decision or the degree of property damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1991 | JOHN SCHWADA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Private landholders would be required to pay the full cost of removing graffiti from their property under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by a Los Angeles city councilman who billed it as a precedent-setting assault on gang-related vandalism.
NEWS
August 27, 1992
Community leaders, residents and merchants will take to the streets early Saturday morning in search of walls, houses and other buildings that have been scrawled with graffiti. The citywide graffiti cleanup day, sponsored by more than a dozen civic organizations, will begin at 8:30 at S & R Metals, 2070 Randolph Ave., and will end at about 1 p.m. Councilman Luis Hernandez is heading the cleanup effort, which is expected to draw more than 300 participants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1995 | BILL BILLITER
A one-year experiment in hiring a Boys and Girls Club chapter to remove graffiti has been so successful that the venture is being extended, city officials said. The City Council gave unanimous approval to a new annual contract to the Boys and Girls Club of San Gabriel Valley. The club, based in El Monte, last year won an experimental contract from Cypress to remove graffiti on walls and buildings in the city. Public Works Director Mark Christoffels last year pushed the program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE
Several hundred volunteers armed with brushes and rollers will participate Saturday in Glendale's seventh annual Great Graffiti Paint and Community Cleanup Day. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Perkins Plaza behind Glendale City Hall. Volunteers will be issued paint for graffiti removal or gloves and large trash bags to pick up litter. Then, they will be assigned a list of defaced properties to spruce up.
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