San Francisco officials bring focus
to anti-graffiti efforts
By Ari Barak, Bay City News Service
January 22, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - City officials joined more than
100 community members Saturday to address an "escalating
crisis'' in graffiti vandalism throughout San Francisco, a Department
of Public Works spokeswoman said.
Saturday morning's anti-graffiti "huddle'' brought together
members of the city's Graffiti Advisory Board and DPW, as well
as volunteer graffiti removers, to share information about graffiti
enforcement, removal, education and outreach efforts in the community,
according to the DPW's Christine Falvey.
"The city is fighting graffiti vandalism on a daily basis,
but we cannot win this war without the help of property owners,
businesses, neighborhood organizations and motivated individuals,
who take pride in how their city looks,'' DPW Deputy Director
and GAB Chair Mohammed Nuru said.
Mayor Gavin Newsom agreed that graffiti is a problem all over
"As we step up our enforcement and explore artistic alternatives
to graffiti, it is absolutely imperative that the community engage
in the process, so we can cut the cost of cleanup for all of the
city's tax-paying residents,'' Newsom said.
The DPW's Graffiti Watch program, started in 2005, has approximately
80 members who are monitoring more than 300 city blocks, removing
graffiti from utility poles, signs, trash receptacles and other
areas, Falvey said.
For more information about the Graffiti Watch volunteer program,
call the DPW at (415) 28 CLEAN or (415) 641-2625.
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