CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1993 |
The graffiti war is being waged on many fronts, from private organizations to the state Capitol. The Epple bill, now in the Senate, takes ideas from a number of graffiti bills. The bill, AB 1179 by Assemblyman Bob Epple (D-Cerritos), provides a three-year prison sentence for taggers arrested three times and imposes stiff penalties for vandalizing public property.Taggers nabbed with chisels, drill bits and other tools used for etching could be fined $1,000 and sent to jail fr six months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1998 |
The vans roll out each morning at 7, seven days a week, their crews of court-referred laborers on a mission: to erase the graffiti on public and private property all through the San Fernando Valley. For these minor criminals clad in orange vests and ordered to perform community service, it's a daily grind where supply never seems to exceed demand.
October 14, 1998 |
Violent crime may be down nationwide, but the petty variety plagues many small businesses, trapping them in an endless battle with vandals and vagrants and saddling them with costs they can ill afford, according to a survey conducted by The Times and USC's Marshall School of Business. Southern California business owners who responded to the survey said opening shop often means facing fresh graffiti, rousting the homeless from doorways or hosing down parking lots that double as toilets.
April 4, 1993 |
In the campaign against graffiti, a reliable alarm clock and a willingness to beat the sunrise can be as important as a bucket of paint and a sturdy roller. "Graffiti should never see the light of day," said Patsy Carter of the 23rd Street Neighbors. The group, whose members live just north of USC, has achieved a measure of success in its battle against graffiti by waking up in the wee hours to paint over nocturnal scribblings.