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Patch Watch: Graffiti at Former Chevrolet Dealership

White and black tags have been left on one of the blue garage doors of the vacant lot on Los Gatos Boulevard and one of its corner electrical boxes.

Graffiti has been spray painted on one of the blue garage doors of the former Chevrolet dealership building, 15600 Los Gatos Blvd.

The large tag was done with white paint and it's accompanied by two smaller tags done with black paint in the same style of lettering. The smaller markings were left on the dealership's beige brick wall and on an electrical yellow box at the intersection of Los Gatos Boulevard and Los Gatos-Almaden Road, facing

Los Gatos resident Leslie Alexander emailed us to report this vandalism. She lamented the growing increase of graffiti in town and praised our weekly feature for highlighting the problem, which helps with clean-up and awareness, she said.

"It was troubling to discover this act of vandalism across from a thriving shopping center on Los Gatos Boulevard. These vacant buildings are a magnet for those who loiter and destroy property. Such an eyesore in an otherwise beautiful and inviting town," she wrote in an email to Los Gatos Patch.

LOCATION: South-facing wall of former Chevrolet dealership, 15600 Los Gatos Blvd.

PROBLEM: Graffiti has been spray-painted on one of the blue garage doors of the vacant property.

RESPONSIBLE PARTY: A sign outside the property lists CBRE, or CB Richard Ellis as the contact for those interested in leasing or buying the property. It also lists Michael E. Filice, who is senior vice president with CBRE, 408-453-7400.

DATE REPORTED: July 6

DAYS ON WATCH: 5

Stephanie Bennett July 10, 2012 at 05:10 PM
It seems as though there is a lot more crime in Los Gatos generally; I've seen an increase in the police blotter activity and some of it much more frightening than graffiti. At the risk of sounding elitist, we move to areas like Los Gatos to avoid this but activity like this definitely says something about the attitudes and pride people have in their community.
Larry Arzie July 10, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Perhaps the Arts Commission should apply to the owner and the town council to use the buildings as a graffiti art exposition. It will be scraped in a few months and it would give these tagger people a place to spend the summer.
Jeanne Rajabzadeh July 10, 2012 at 09:49 PM
It does seem like we have more graffiti in the past year. Perhaps some local children/young adults could use the vacant buildings for temporary art projects. Seems that they would be less likely to be tagged.
Sheila Sanchez July 10, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Maybe it's just Los Gatos Patch raising awareness ... the town does have a small, minute problem compared to larger cities like SJ, where I live and where I cringe every time I see tagging. The other day we were driving down Monterey Road and a tagger was at work in broad daylight!
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz July 11, 2012 at 05:11 AM
I do think that it's about awareness. But just because it's Los Gatos, CA doesn't mean it crime less.

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