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Patch Watch: Graffiti on Highway 17 Sound Wall Cleaned Up

After being on watch for 28 days, graffiti on Caltrans stone sound wall near the Lark Avenue exit is cleaned up.

A Los Gatos Patch reader emailed us in mid July to report that graffiti vandals had defaced the Caltrans stone sound wall next to Highway 17 on Lark Avenue in Los Gatos.

The graffiti markings were found as one traveled southbound on the highway and on the west side of the wall.

We then revisited the spot on Aug. 7 and reported that the graffiti was still there and growing for a total of 22 days.

The added tags were painted in red ink, right next to the two larger black, gray and white markings that were seen above overgrown dry brush.

Even though the Town of Los Gatos was not responsible for its cleanup, Parks and Public Works Director Todd Capurso said Caltrans had cleaned up the graffiti around Aug. 14.

LOCATION: West stone wall next to Highway 17 on Lark Avenue in Los Gatos.

PROBLEM: Graffiti has been spray-painted on the brick stone sound wall.

RESPONSIBLE PARTY: California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans,  916-654-5266.

DATE REPORTED: July 17.

DATE CLEANED UP: Aug. 14.

DAYS ON WATCH: 28 days.

Julius October 09, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Prompt removal is a critical aspect of graffiti control and prevention. Left uncleaned, graffiti tends to attract even more graffiti crime. If I missed something, ping me at www.DefacingAmerica.com
Julian Groft October 09, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Graffiti will never stop, the only way is if u had voulenter artist paint every wall with a creative spin...and i dont think that will ever happen so dont worry about it, in life theres more stuff to worry about....dont sweat the small stuff people...just smile and be gald your alive
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz October 10, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Nice to see but I do agree that it will be a matter of time before it's all written on again. I've said it before & will say it again. They need to invent some kind of Spray, Paint, whatever. So that when one tries to deface a wall. It won't allow them to.
Jeanne Rajabzadeh October 25, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Great to see it cleaned up.

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