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Patch Watch: Graffiti on Los Gatos Creek Trail

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Los Gatos Patch reader Chris Bevis sent these photos to us of graffiti he found while on his morning walk on the

The photos were taken July 16. "Saw these on my morning walk on the Creek Trail. Seems the graffiti vandals are getting more brazen," Bevis wrote to this publication with a request that we publish the pictures.

Bevis also thanked us "for all your efforts to highlight quality of life issues in LG."

LOCATION: Los Gatos Creek Trail

PROBLEM: Graffiti has been spray-painted along various parts of the trail.

RESPONSIBLE PARTY: Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department, 408-355-2200, or email parkinfo@prk.sccgov.org.

DATE REPORTED: July 16

DAYS ON WATCH: 16

Sheila Sanchez July 31, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Mckenna, you're correct. Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Sgt. spokesman Kerry Harris said defacing public property is considered misdemeanor vandalism (value of less than $400): with a punishment of up to a year in county Jail, a fine of $1000-5000 and probation time. Felony vandalism (value of $400 or more) has a punishment of up to a year in county jail, or 16 months, two or three years in state prison and a fine of between $10,000 and $50,000. There are statutes for vandalizing a place of worship, which generally makes it an automatic wobbler (may be filed as either a felony or misdemeanor), Harris said. If the nature of the vandalism qualifies as a hate crime, it is an automatic felony, he explained. Serial vandals, such as taggers who mark many sites with their tags, the value is based on the cumulative cost to repair the damage, i.e. a tagger who marks 100 bus benches, and it costs $50 each to clean up the tags, the value of the vandalism may be counted as $5,000, and as such, a felony, he said.
Julian Groft July 31, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Mckenna, "is it really" (in a sarcastic voice).....and thats why i like it, because those real artist risk everything to make a blank wall into a mona lisa..(aka) a work of art. and up there in those photos those arent real artist....so i feel your anger, but all graffitti is not bad. can i ask you a question? have you ever seen one piece of graffiti that caught your eye and you kind of liked? thanks for your time Mckenna
Jeffrey Bachman July 31, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Has the Town dealt with this issue lately? Seems like we need to start looking at options on how to discourage this type of behavior. I know the people in Los Gatos have done a lot to raise the awareness of graffiti.
Julian Groft August 01, 2012 at 02:16 AM
I think los gatos should have volunter artist paint this wall and make something out of it because it will reduce the graffiti you dont want, graffti artist respect other peoples art work and they wont go over it with tags, you would save tons of tax payers money this way because they wont have to keep painting over the tags....just a thought
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz August 01, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Young people are bored, mad, or something? I've said it more than once & I'll say it again. This isn't going to stop. So someone needs to make some kind of latex paint that nothing can be written on it or sprayed on.

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