cleaning up the town

The local youths appear to have some extra time on their hands this summer, and have taken it upon themselves to write on bus stops, street signs, and those phone company or PG&E boxes you see here and there in the neighborhood.  The city has a graffiti abatement program, and if you call the hotline they’ll clean it up within 24 hours.  I’ve used this twice now. First, we noticed an outbreak of graffiti at a busy intersection near our house; a SamTrans bench, utility box, and the Emerald Market sign all had things written on them.  As soon as I got home I went all Gran Torino and called it in.  Next day?  Abated!

Yesterday I called in two tags seen on the road that leads to the freeway – one was on a PG&E box, and the other was on the concrete below the freeway.  But they only cleaned up the box, not the concrete.  That might be just outside the city limits, so I called it in to the county hotline.  I’ll want to see that taken care of right away.  Hate to have to take matters into my own hands.  Punk.

I once fixed a door that wasn’t even broken yet.

– Walt Kowalski, Gran Torino

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