Grafitti Task Force Cleans Up
Task Force hosts event, sponsors education, gets the job done.
More than 3,000 graffiti tags were removed from washes,
bridges and trails by the City of Santa Clarita’s
Graffiti Removal Task Force in 2008.
The task force collaborated with the Sheriff’s Department,
local schools and businesses. This unique team effort resulted in 292 arrests
and judges ordered more than $42,000 in restitution to the city for its removal
Largely responsible for alerting the city to tagging issues,
The Graffiti Hotline received 9,994 calls and 1,338 eService requests from the
community. A resident also donated $1,000 to the program to show appreciation
for the city’s prompt removal.
The Task Force partnered with the Sheriff Department’s
Graffiti Detective, Gang and Juvenile Crime Unit and the Community Interaction
Team resulting in nine surveillance operations, 12 arrests and the
identification of more than 150 taggers. The program also assisted the
Sheriff’s Department in obtaining valuable information on new tagging crews and
trends, allowing for a more proactive anti-graffiti approach.
Volunteers also played a crucial part in graffiti removal in
2008. On Graffiti Wipe Day in May, 75 community members removed more than 150
tags from the Avenue Scott and Central Park washes. In
addition, 600 volunteers worked with the city to remove more than 2,500 tags as
part of the Teens Against Graffiti program. For the Rio Vista Wash Project,
1,000 students removed graffiti and used 100 gallons of paint to cover tagging
in the wash behind their school.
The city also partnered with local schools to get the word
out about the Graffiti Removal Task Force in 2008. More than 6,000 students
from the Newhall Community
Center and local schools participated in graffiti
awareness presentations and upwards of 7,000 residents viewed the city’s
To assist with graffiti removal in private areas, the city
issued 30 “Private Property Notices” to remove graffiti with 100% percent
compliance and provided more than 200 flyers for the Graffiti Hotline and
Rewards Program during Extreme Neighborhood Makeover events.
To get the community involved in the graffiti removal
process, the city held a number of events including Graffiti Wipe Day and
provided residents with 120 containers of Graffiti Wipes to clean light boxes.
In addition to collaboration with the Sheriff’s Department and
the community, the Graffiti Task Force joined with the Los Angeles Department
of Water and Power, College of the Canyons, AT&T, Edison
and Time Warner to prevent and remove graffiti across the city.
The task force plans to make an even bigger impact on
graffiti in 2009 by creating a “Fight Graffiti…Get Rewarded” ad campaign,
PowerPoint presentations for students and working on logistics for the Paint
Matching Trailer, which will assist with prompt removal. The e-Graffiti database
will also be utilized to continue developing relationships with schools and
organizations throughout the community to eradicate graffiti and increase
For more information on the City’s Graffiti Removal Task
Force, contact Nicolas Marinelli, Graffiti Removal Coordinator, at (661)
250-3735 or visit santa-clarita.com.