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11/25/2013 04:38:10 PM

Update to City Code Action on Gang Graffiti Vandalism

VICTIM TURNED INTO CIVIL-CRIMINAL?

 

  Hurry up and Wait - Unless you're a crime victim.

We've waited years for the city to wake up and provide adequate police resources.
Many neighborhoods are still waiting for adequate street lighting, a known deterrent to crime.
We wait forever for the County to collect overdue restitution from criminals who vandalize property.

Terry Thao's property was vandalized by gang graffiti. He's been face to face with the criminals. He's called police while the crimes were in progress. Police didn't respond. He asked the council for permission to act on his own. He works several jobs with long hours and little time for family but he still painted out grafitti, over and over.

Someone reported graffiti to Code Enforcement on July 9th. Three days later, July 12th, the city came out to "investigate" (not for the criminals but the victim) Seven days later, July 19th, police still weren't involved but code enforcement was. They re-inspected and five days later July 24th, painted out the graffiti, leaving the property owner with a bill for $430 plus and administrative fee of $75

In all fairness to the city, there were ways Mr. Thao could have gotten more help. We know painting out graffiti is vital and the city only provides one gallon of paint for that purpose. Clearly fed up with the status quo, he also makes the case on the public record that he's tried.  He, like all of us, pay for police services.  What recourse does he have when he isn't getting the services from police he's paying for? Think about that and the $505 bill for being a victim.

You can view the entire council testimony as council votes to uphold the fines by clicking on this link and advancing to Item 3.15

On January 29, 2005, we made a second request of the City for clarification of Public Works POP officer's priorities.  We think the questions are reasonable and on point. (click on thumbnail images for full size photo)
 
This vandalism was done last week in the 18th/19th H/I Street alley. It's the same vandal and was done at 4:15 a.m. (observed on 1818 H Street's security cameras and I could not get through to the police before the suspect left the area.)  Is this a known suspect?  What steps are being taken to document and link this vandal's high volume offenses so a felony case could be brought? His tags are all over midtown.
 
It takes half a can of spray paint to abate such large tags, an expensive proposition over time.  Who should pay? What about the City's trash bin?  Who in the city (where vandalism is on city property) is responsible for doing what we're required by ordinance to do or face fines? The three trash bins are owned by Waste Management, BFI and the City of Sacramento (viewing from left to right)  Should these entities provide spray paint to their customers or be responsible for their abating their own containers? Should the City's containers be stored out of sight rather than left in public view and susceptible to more vandalism?
 
On Saturday, October 02, 2004 I made of request of the police department concerning priorities of Public Works POP.  I asked if theft of city recyclables was a higher priority than graffiti vandalism for the Public Works POP officer.  We would appreciate a reply. 

 


 

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