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March 21, 1993
Publishing photos of so-called taggers and samples of their graffiti turns The Times into an accomplice in the stated goal of "doing whatever it takes to get their signatures seen by the outside world." Publishing a glossary of terms used by these groups only further legitimizes their belief systems and actions. Nobody really needs to know what the initials stand for and printing articles about these individuals only fuels their addiction. I'd like to see a new "Tagger Term."
November 16, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A man was shot at by two gang associates after he tried to stop them from tagging a wall in La Puente, authorities said. The man was driving by an apartment complex in the city about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when he saw two men spray-painting a wall. He pulled his car up behind theirs, but before any exchange of words, the vandals got into their car and drove off, authorities said. The man, 36, drove away in the opposite direction; but before long, the men made a U-turn and started chasing him, authorities said.
March 2, 1994 | SHAWN HUBLER
A 17-year-old member of a teen-age graffiti tagging crew was identified Tuesday by Los Angeles police as the prime suspect in two killings and two attempted murders. Police said they are seeking David Askew--whose spray-paint-wielding clique goes by the initials "W.D.C" for "We Don't Care"--in the four attacks, which occurred over the last four months. The crimes include the murder of a 70-year-old Los Angeles man who was gunned down at his front door. "David, . . .
December 5, 1993
In reference to your editorial "Make Taggers Clean Up After Themselves" (Nov. 14), I am pleased to hear that people in the city of Lancaster are mobilizing to combat taggers. Graffiti vandalism has become a big problem in Southern California. Taggers not only destroy public and private property, but they also give our area a bad image in the eyes of the world. Keeping taggers in jail is not enough punishment. It is an excellent idea to force them to clean up the mess they have made.
August 8, 1993
Thank you, thank you, for the "Modest Proposal" editorial defining taggers for what they really are--vandals. I applaud the organized groups fighting graffiti but want to add one more suggestion. On my block I do not permit one graffito to last overnight. I use a variety of materials: Have one self-appointed eliminator on every block much could be accomplished. J.M. LENCH North Hills
March 5, 1995
I guess it was just a matter of time before a serious incident would happen between local taggers and our San Fernando Valley citizenry. This issue of defacing and marring personal property is, to say the least, highly charged for everyone involved. It has to be very frustrating to the home/shop owner whose personal property is continually being defaced at the whim of individuals who seem to have total disregard for the property of others. I was saddened by the report of a tagger losing his life over an issue as basic as "respect for others," but not entirely surprised.
April 12, 1993 | CYNTHIA A. CROTHERS, Mayor, City of Moreno Valley
Like every other city in California, Moreno Valley has been a "marked" town. Graffiti became a serious problem until city officials and the citizens declared war. While we did most of the typical things, like removal programs, we also employed some notable innovations. Through a citizen volunteer partnership with our police force, dozens of young taggers have been apprehended, and we are seeking restitution from their families for the damages caused by their children.
September 3, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
After Greg Harty rolls out of bed in his Sherman Oaks apartment, he grabs a cup of coffee and starts his work day at a desk in the corner of his living room. His assignment: Watch three episodes of "Modern Family. " As the hit sitcom plays, the aspiring screenwriter opens another window on his laptop and pulls up a spreadsheet. He begins picking labels - his employer, Netflix, calls them tags - to describe what he sees. The comedy: "quirky. " The humor: "light dark. " The tone: "humorous," "irreverent" and "heartfelt.
September 30, 1993
Congratulations to The Times on the story about freeway signs getting tagged (Sept. 4). More publicity to the taggers with a color photo of the vandalized signs. Why not put this story and photo on the front page? Better yet, have an entire daily section devoted to tagging. There could be stories about the most daring tag of the week, the most prolific tagger and the tag seen by the most people. The Times could award the winning taggers with 100 cans of spray paint, in the taggers' preferred colors of course.
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