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Graffiti Watch Program Training

January 6, 2010 - Graffiti on western approach

January 6, 2010 - Graffiti on western approach


January 6, 2010, Graffiti Watch in Action

January 6, 2010, Graffiti Watch in Action


January 7, 2010 - Graffiti Gone thanks to Graffiti Watch volunteers

January 7, 2010 - Graffiti Gone thanks to Graffiti Watch volunteers


If you’ve not seen graffiti along Bryant Street for the past several months, it is thanks to the tireless efforts of our neighbor Bob Finnell. After his morning runs along The Embarcadero, he cools down from his workout while inspecting structures along Bryant Street from The Embarcadero west to 3rd Street for graffiti. If he spots graffiti on public property, he notes it and he removes the graffiti in the afternoon after completing his work day. It took about a year of effort on Bob’s part to get to the point where taggers/vandals rarely deface property along Bryant Street from 3rd Street east to the waterfront because they know it won’t last more than a day or two.

We need more Bobs in the Rincon Hill neighborhood to take care of other streets … like Harrison, Folsom, Howard, and Mission. The Rincon Hill neighborhood seemed to get through this past New Year’s Eve without too many scratches, so-to-speak, but I did notice some new graffiti on one of the middle set of benches in front of the data center on Spear Street near Harrison after New Year’s Eve. There’s also some utility boxes (one near Gordon Biersch and one at the corner of Spear and Harrison) that have had graffiti for awhile.

If you’d like to help fight graffiti in the neighborhood, you’re in luck – there is a training session this Saturday. Here are details from the Examiner:

City officials are encouraging residents to tackle graffiti that has blighted their neighborhoods without having to wait for city workers to respond.

The Department of Public Works said it will on Saturday host its next training for volunteers of its new Graffiti Watch program.

The graffiti problem has been getting worse in recent years, particularly on private property, according to the latest audit.

The Graffiti Watch program allows neighbors to adopt a minimum of four blocks where they live or work. In that area, they’d be trained on painting over graffiti on public property, and encouraged to do so within 24 hours that the vandalism occurred, DPW said.

“The faster graffiti tags are painted over, the less likely it is that the vandals will return,” the agency said.
For information on Saturday’s training, call 641-2600 or e-mail volunteer@sfdpw.org.

Here’s an example of the quick graffiti abatement work on the Bay Bridge western approach recently …

2 Responses to Graffiti Watch Program Training

  1. The SFDPW program is well designed and instructive. SFDPW’s Merle Goldstone and Sandra Zuniga motivate and inspire with their pride in San Francisco’s urban beauty (by removing the grafitti and trash).

    I always tell people that this is one endeavor that one “receives” more than the time and energy “expended.” This is a chance to really see your neighborhood close up, get some exercise, fresh air and really make a difference over the long term. You will see (and change) your neighborhood from a differnet angle and prism and your efforts in that regard are contagious to your fellow citizens. I encourage everyone to simply engage in this effort principally for your own satisfaction and iwth time you will benefit from the community response and their appreciation. It is also a great way to start or finish a day! RDF

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to keep our area clean, enhancing the quality of life for everyone!