A section of Griffith Park Boulevard look like a charity car wash this morning as Silver Lake residents cleaned and washed cars and trucks after vandals had tagged at least a dozen vehicles and garage doors overnight. Residents walked around with paint rollers and traded tips on paint removers as they cleaned up the mess left along the east side of Griffith Park Boulevard near Scotland Street, where lines and squiggles of white paint had been sprayed on cars trucks parked on the street and in driveways. “It’s like they ran down the street with a spray paint bottle,” said Jason Worrell, who was cleaning the dark windows of his Toyota 4Runner with a rag and Scratch Doctor, a scratch remover recommended by a neighbor. “Everyone … is using it.”
About 12 to 15 vehicles and a couple of garages were tagged, said Capt. William Murphy with the Northeast Division. Most of the tagging consisted of lines and doodles painted on vehicles. But one resident who was using polishing compound to remove paint from his Prius said the names of local gangs had been scrawled on garage doors.
Some residents said they have had little if any problems with tagging or vandalism along the busy street. “This has not happened before,” said Worrell, who has lived on Griffith Park Boulevard for three years.
A few cars down from Worrell, Ellen Wei and boyfriend Dylan Owens were scrubbing out white paint from her black Mitsubishi. The couple had been awakened by their apartment manager with news of the tagging and had spent about two hours cleaning the car. It probably would have taken even longer to remove if they had waited, said Wei. “We are lucky to have gotten to it early, ” she said.