City Attorney Pushes Graffiti Enforcement

Barbara Parker

The City Attorney’s office has proposed an ordinance to set up Oakland’s first comprehensive graffiti enforcement program. Co-sponsored by Councilmember Nancy Nadel, the law would enhance penalties for graffiti violators and set up a fund to help businesses that are repeat targets of graffiti vandalism. Graffiti is a severe and very costly problem in some of the city’s neighborhoods, according to the office of City Attorney Barbara Parker. Businesses and property owners must pay to clean up graffiti, and left unchecked, graffiti can encourage more serious blight and crime. Until now, the city’s Municipal Code has not included penalties against vandals and other remedies available under state law. This ordinance will update Oakland’s law and create a comprehensive program to deal with graffiti.
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