In response to a recent spate of tagging travails I’ve been having soooooo much fun cleaning up after (and ranting about, of course), a fellow blogger and reader of mine named Paul from out Antelope Valley way, posted a comment alerting me to some crazy grafitti abatement proposal crap that the Lancaster City Clowncil apparently put the brakes on at the last second because someone with half a clue realized that making the victims of vandalism fine-worthy criminals for not cleaning up the defacement in a 24-hour period might not be the best course of action to take.
From a Daily News article January 24:
The proposed update of the ordinance would have clearly delineated the responsibility of owners to keep their properties free of graffiti. Under the ordinance, property owners would have 24 hours to clean up a site, at their own expense, after being notified by the city.
Under the existing ordinance, the city has been paying for cleanup of privately owned sites.
Under the proposed update, it would be a violation for each day the graffiti is not removed. A property could be subjected to a lien in the event the city has to step in for a cleanup.
What I particularly love in the article is that the duly elected bozos have stopped to collaborate and listen not because they looked in a mirror and saw idiots staring back at them or because Joe & Jackie Homeowner have the potential of getting screwed, but rather only because big bad SoCal Edison stepped up on behalf of all the poor utility companies and said now wait I say wait a cotton-pickin’ minute because its facilities are massive spray-can targets and there’s just no way they can paint out everything in such a tight time frame.
What’s next, maybe Palmdale penalizing people for not being prompt in picking up after litterbugs?