Graffiti consists of inscriptions, slogans, and drawings scratched, scribbled or painted on a wall or other public or private surface. The word "graffiti" is derived from the Latin word "graphium," which means "to write." The term "graffiti" was originally used by archaeologists to describe drawings and writings found on ancient buildings and monuments in Pompeii, Egypt, and in the Roman catacombs.
A Sign of Urban Decay
Today, graffiti is a sign of urban decay. It has become everyone's eyesore. Graffiti generates fear of neighborhood crime and instability. It is costly, destructive, lowers property values, and sends a message that people of the community are not concerned about the appearance of their neighborhoods. It is also against the law!
Graffiti Is a Crime
Graffiti is not art - it is vandalism. It is prohibited when done without permission of the property owner. Furthermore, San Gabriel Municipal Code Section 98.02 (N) requires that property owners keep all walls, buildings, fences, other structures and surfaces free of graffiti.
Staff will continue its community outreach efforts and invites the community to call with any questions or concerns. You can reach Clayton Anderson at (626) 308-2806 Ext. 4636. To report graffiti, contact the hotline at (800) 794-7384.