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January 6, 1994 | MIMI KO
A group of teen-agers and a well-known local artist are using a Lemon Park block wall as the canvas for a mural to deter graffiti vandals. The wall had long been a popular "tagging" spot in Fullerton until last month, when the group began converting it into a mural titled "Children of the World," city officials said. "This painting is the heart of Fullerton and people will respect it," 16-year-old Daniel Rodriguez said as he painted an ocean on the wall Wednesday afternoon.
March 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- An 18-year-old man suspected of being a prolific graffiti vandal in Vista, Calif., has been arrested, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Friday. The 303 acts of graffiti vandalism that the man, Bladimir Lopez, has been linked to have cost the city approximately $89,500 to clean, the department said. Lopez was arrested at home. The Sheriff's Department uses a computer system called Graffiti Tracker to gather information about instances of graffiti and to look for patterns, officials said.
December 26, 1993
Please don't call them "taggers," or even worse, "artists." Call them what they are: "graffiti vandals." NANCY THOMPSON Irvine
April 13, 2013 | By Phil Willon
Joshua Tree National Park has become a destination of taggers , and the graffiti has visitors and park officials outraged. "We come to this place because it's not as touristy as surrounding national parks, and you don't run into as many people. You kind of feel like you're alone. In ancient times. There's nothing like this place," said Butch Wood, 51, a guitar builder visiting from North Aurora, Ill. "You don't like to see the modern world intruding on history. It's a shame. " The graffiti in Rattlesnake Canyon, which meanders for a mile through the northern edge of Joshua Tree's Wonderland of Rocks, started with just a few markings but quickly became rampant.
April 2, 2013 | From a Times staff writer
The Sacramento County coroner on Tuesday identified a man who died nine stories up an office building in what appeared to be an attempt at producing what's sometimes called "extreme graffiti. " Craig Fugate of Vancouver, Wash., was found dead hanging outside the downtown Sacramento building Monday. Police said he appeared to be attempting to vandalize the facade of the building; a spray-paint bottle and a tool for etching glass were found on the roof of the building. Police have been targeting daredevil taggers, who have vandalized such landmarks as freeway signs and the walls of the L.A. River.
May 1, 2011 | By Heather Mac Donald
The Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles is celebrating graffiti, but not on its own property. MOCA's pyramid-topped headquarters on Grand Avenue is conspicuously tag-free. In Little Tokyo, the museum has always painted over the graffiti that appears occasionally on the outside walls of the Geffen Contemporary, its satellite warehouse exhibition space. And now that its latest show — proudly billed as the first major American museum survey of street art — has triggered a predictable upsurge of vandalism in the area, MOCA is even cleaning up graffiti on neighboring businesses.
August 25, 2010 | By Johannes Boie, Los Angeles Times
Officers with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Transit Bureau arrested two suspected graffiti vandals and are searching for a third suspect after serving search warrants Tuesday at their homes in Whittier and El Monte. The three men are members of a tagging group called PCN, which stands for Painting City Nightly or Painters Causing Nightmares, deputies said. They are accused of causing $338,000 in damage to freeway bridges and L.A. County properties.  They started tagging about 1 1/2 years ago, officials said.
June 24, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles city prosecutors sought a civil court injunction Wednesday against the Metro Transit Assassins tagging crew, known for a massive, quarter-mile-long graffiti "bomb" of its acronym along the Los Angeles River. The injunction, which names 10 individuals, would be the first to specifically target a group of graffiti vandals, according to the city attorney's office. Unlike many "turf-based" anti-gang injunctions that create safety zones by limiting the activities of street gangs in a particular area or associating with one another, the injunction against the Metro Transit Assassins, or MTA, would impose a broad list of prohibitions against the crew.
August 29, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County sheriff's transit investigators raided more than a dozen locations Thursday morning, arresting a crew of suspected graffiti vandals believed responsible for more than $1 million in damage to public and private property across three counties. At least 16 members of the UPN crew, shorthand for "Your Property Next," were taken into custody in predawn raids across L.A., Orange and Riverside counties, said Sheriff's Deputy Devin Vanderlaan. More than 70 deputies participated in the operation, which seized slap tag stickers, posters, spray cans and permanent markers as well as an air compressor, Vanderlaan said.
July 31, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
At the urging of Los Angeles officials alarmed about graffiti defacing the city's many murals, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a measure into law Wednesday that requires those convicted of the vandalism to remove the scrawls and, in some cases, keep the tagged surfaces clean for one year.
April 29, 2008 | H.G. Reza and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writers
A Garden Grove man was recovering Monday from gunshot wounds he suffered when he surprised two taggers defacing a wall near his home, police said. The 43-year-old man and his family arrived home at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, and he moved his work truck in the 13000 block of Robyn Court. According to a police report, the two suspects were crossing out rival gang graffiti on a nearby wall. The male suspects fired several shots, wounding the man in the chest, arm and leg, police said.
September 29, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein and Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writers
Frustrated by the rising toll of graffiti, Los Angeles officials are vowing a new campaign to make the parents of teenage taggers more accountable for the vandalism. Sheriff Lee Baca said Friday that he wants to implement two programs to address the rising level of tagging. The first would require parents of teenagers arrested for tagging to talk to deputies at the jail about the consequences of graffiti.
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