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Graffiti vandals tag Cal Ave

Original post made on Aug 10, 2013

Strollers along California Avenue found something new to look at Thursday morning -- graffiti on buildings in the 400 block.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, August 10, 2013, 9:24 PM

Comments (18)

Posted by Mr.Recycle, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm

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Posted by Outside Observer, a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2013 at 12:40 am

A rational definition of a hate crime is an intentional malicious act against society in general.

By that definition, graffiti more than qualifies.

And what would be a proper punishment for graffiti? Well, caning doesn't work. There is graffiti in Singapore, although little by California standards.

A proper punishment for graffiti would prevent the perp from ever producing graffiti again, and it would also serve to deter others. Live TV broadcast of the punishment would help with deterrence.

Posted by Public Citizen, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Aug 11, 2013 at 1:03 am

Put whoever did this in a public pillory with a sign over his head that says "I am an idiot!"

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 11, 2013 at 1:24 am

Much as I am iffy on a lot of California Street's art, graffitti is not an improvement and is an ugly blight, an insult to all of us. There are just a lot of people, of all classes, that do not seem to understand the concept of civilization. God, I suppose it is understandable considering that what the casual observer of humanity sees as the result of human civilization is injustice, war, greed and the death of the environment, but that is no excuse to give up an turn on our culture, it is the only thing we have.

Walk down near the Alma end of University Ave. and you see where some jerks with diamond scribe pencils have scribble and written all over many of the large plate glass windows on the Lytton Plaza side. None of us should have any use for people who do things like this, and I think a minor jail sentence is too light. When someone shows that they cannot live in society with respect ... and that is at any level ... then before they come out they should prove that they deserve to talk among us again.

Posted by Blessing, a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 11, 2013 at 6:39 am

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Posted by Graffiti Spotter, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 11, 2013 at 9:53 am

Most likely a tagger, but there are a few possible gang indicators:

Blue is associated with Crips, MS13 and people who have blue paint.

Five-pointed stars indicate Sure–os, as does a backwards "N" which is a sign of disrespect to Norte–os.

NTB could mean "No Turning Back" which is used in gang vernacular.

Posted by Gus L., a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

Taggers paint where their "ART" can be seen.
If there were still Trees along the Avenue they wouldnt bother tagging the buildings.

Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

The California Ave. Merchants Associationn should install a few surveillance cameras—for their security, and ultimately, the public's.

They also should hire security guard to patrol the area. It's doubtful the police will be of much value to them dealing with these sorts of crimes.

After all of that caterwauling about unsafe four lanes of California Avenue is, they really should be spending a little of their money to protect the public in anyway they can.

Posted by on the roof, a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Since there are a variant of gangs represented in the tag - it could indicate a street artist. Symbolism here is the unification of all gangs, or if you will -- cultures (an anti-gang message). [Portion removed.]

Here is a book that features some great SF street art:
Web Link

Type in Street Art in Google images.

Posted by Deep Throat, a resident of another community
on Aug 11, 2013 at 3:23 pm

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Posted by emily, a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Wow- just give the taggers just what they want: more attention. Smart move, PA Online!

Posted by Hi all,, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 11, 2013 at 9:07 pm

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Posted by trixy, a resident of Professorville
on Aug 12, 2013 at 9:52 am

When the trees were removed the area began to look like blight. Blight attracts tagging it seems. Now the effects of the tree removal seems to be a double wammy to merchants that wanted the trees removed so their business signs were visible to vehicles. hope the cal ave improvements begin very soon.

Posted by Deep Throat, a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2013 at 5:39 pm

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Posted by Shallow Throat, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 12, 2013 at 7:06 pm

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Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 22, 2013 at 12:14 am

Taggers dont always have to associate with gangs. The colors of graffiti matters only somewhat of the time as if you were a tagger you would try to get your hands on any color paint. I doubt that gang related taggers will come to this neighborhood of palo alto.

Posted by Chris Zaharias, a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 22, 2013 at 9:24 am

@Outside Observer - I didn't know that cutting people's hands off for petty crimes was under consideration here.

Posted by Outside Observer, a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2013 at 10:07 am

@Chris Zaharias - It's not. Too lenient ;)

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