Patch Watch: Anti-Semitic Graffiti at Los Gatos Rinconada Shopping Center

Our weekly look at blight and other problem zones in and around Los Gatos.

The east side of the Rinconada Shopping Center, 1500 Pollard Rd., has been graffitied by vandals with a black marker and red ink.

Most disturbing is anti-Semitic graffiti that has been spray-painted on center's back wall with the words, "Juden."

The complex, whose anchor business is the supermarket, contains more than 20 small businesses, including a Bank of America branch on the east side, near where some of the vandalism has occurred.

According to center employees, the graffiti has gone unclean for at least a month and fresh silver paint had been applied to certain markings.

LOCATION: East side of Rinconada Hills Center, 1500 Pollard Road.

PROBLEM: Graffiti has been spray-painted on several doors, walls.

RESPONSIBLE AGENCIES: Sign in front of center says the Meacham Oppenheimer Inc. commercial brokerage development corporation is the contact for retail space for lease at the center. It lists the number 408-378-5900 and Ryan Warner as the contact.

DATE REPORTED: May 14, 2012


About this column: Patch Watch is our weekly look at some of the blight and problem areas in and around the Town of Los Gatos. Please report ugly and neglected town spots to Editor Sheila Sanchez at sheila.sanchez@patch.com.

Mckenna Smith May 15, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I hope our local police will find those who did this. At least the punks didn't do this near the JCC or Congregation Shir Hadash synagogue. Sad reminder that we still have anti-Semitism prevalent in our society.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) May 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Indeed. Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Capt. David Gravel just informed us via email that when graffiti is reported on private property, police staff will contact the business or property owner to make them aware of the complaint, requesting that it be removed ASAP. In some circumstances, if the removal job is not too large, LGMSPD will (at the owner’s request/permission) ask one of the Volunteers in Policing workers to handle the removal on their behalf, if town resources allow. If the owner is uncooperative with police staff, Capt. Gravel said they can then refer the matter over to the town Code Enforcement division to be handled as a blight issue; however, it rarely gets to that point. He also said the town has not had other similar “tags” that he's aware of, but LGMSPD monitors for it and maintains a computer log of graffiti around town as it is reported/removed to allow police to see if similar “tags” start showing up in several locations, which may allow for follow-up investigation. Capt. Gravel said one of his staff persons would be contacting the phone number provided by Los Gatos Patch in the column to try to facilitate their normal procedure. Thank you, Capt. Gravel for the response.
Stephanie Bennett May 15, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Very sad...I've been surprised at some of the incidents I've read about recently in Los Gatos.
Julian Groft May 15, 2012 at 07:49 PM
the only people that should be dealing with markers,mops and cans in the outside world is real artist because they make the city a big art show thats free to go to....gang members and kids are the people that shouldnt be messing around with these tools
Larry Arzie May 15, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Do room for this kind of thing. Los Gatos has always been a welcoming place, no matter race, religion or sexual orientation.
Jesse Ducker May 15, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Well, that's just disgusting. Hope they find the punks and give them maximum punishment allowable.
Julian Groft May 15, 2012 at 09:44 PM
i agree 100% jesse!!
Larry Arzie May 16, 2012 at 01:18 AM
You usually learn this from your parents. Growing up in California we were not immune to pressures to be bigoted even though we are suppose to be a liberated state. During stressful periods of economical decline, people can fall back to bad learning. It is everyones responsibility to help those that do not understand that hate is an all too familiar bedfellow, can destroy them. No matter their age.
MichaelJ May 16, 2012 at 07:07 PM
It is hard to keep secluded areas, like the back of this shopping center, graffiti-free. This wall is a magnet for taggers. I would agree that these misguided punks should get the maximum sentence when caught. I would even propose you tattoo a "No graffiti" sign on their backs. how would they like that?
Sandra Vaurs May 17, 2012 at 04:42 PM
MichaelJ is correct about the backside of large bldgs being magnets for dumb acts like graffiti. Maybe the owners should install bright lights and video cameras back there to deter further activity.


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