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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.
Put whoever did this in a public pillory with a sign over his head that says "I am an idiot!"
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.
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 Sureos, as does a backwards "N" which is a sign of disrespect to Norteos.
NTB could mean "No Turning Back" which is used in gang vernacular.
Taggers paint where their "ART" can be seen.
If there were still Trees along the Avenue they wouldnt bother tagging the buildings.
The California Ave. Merchants Associationn should install a few surveillance camerasfor 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.
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:
Type in Street Art in Google images.
Wow- just give the taggers just what they want: more attention. Smart move, PA Online!
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.
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.
@Outside Observer - I didn't know that cutting people's hands off for petty crimes was under consideration here.
@Chris Zaharias - It's not. Too lenient ;)
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