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Patch Watch: Vandalism on Roberts Road Bridge Underpass Benches

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Los Gatos resident David Lane emailed us a photo of graffiti on the wood of one of the two benches located on the Roberts Road Bridge underpass on the Los Gatos Creek Trail.

Lane said he had contacted Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Chief Scott Seaman about the vandalism and was pleased that he had received a reply about his concern in early April.

Chief Seaman told Lane to help apprehend the vandals by either providing the police with a description, or photo of the perpetrators.

Lane, an ardent community volunteer who organizes cleanups around the Los Gatos Creek and other locations, reports that both benches were damaged this past spring.

He also says someone decided to invite "Blondie" to the prom using very large purple spray paint lettering on the Roberts Road Bridge, which has now been cleaned up.

We recently visited the underpass after Lane brought this spot to our attention and discovered that the wood on the benches had been sanded down and that the graffiti had been removed.

Thank you to Lane for keeping an eye out for blighted spots around town and to town parks and public works personnel for cleaning it up.

LOCATION: underpass at the

PROBLEM: Graffiti was spray-painted on two wooden benches under the bridge

RESPONSIBLE PARTY: Los Gatos Parks and Public Works Department, 408-399-5770, or email ppw@losgatosca.gov.

DATE REPORTED: April 20

DATE CLEANED UP: end of July, 2012

DAYS ON WATCH: 90

Los Gatoan August 28, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I ride my bike along the creek trail daily. It is discouraging to see the blight caused by repeated acts of vandalism along the sound walls and other flat surfaces. The fact that people also think it is acceptable to leave dog waste bags along the trail is further discouraging and reflects the same selfish and me-first mentality. Thank you Mr. Lane for your cleanup efforts. Where can we find out how to volunteer for such efforts in the future?
Dave Lane August 28, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Thank you. The next volunteer opportunity near Vasona Lake County Park and along Los Gatos Creek Trail from Highway 9 to Lark Avenue is on Saturday, 09/15/12, from 9 A.M. to noon. Please see www.cleanacreek.org, Site 35. Meeting area is the first group of picnic tables on the left after entering Vasona Lake County Park. Dave Lane

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