Tagging up the town

When graffiti clean up worker David Bermudez showed up at his office Monday morning, he was met with 100 new citizen reports of tagging and graffiti. That was on top of another 100 paint-out requests received Sunday morning via the city’s 311 service request line and online. The seven clean-up crews Bermudez oversees at Central City Action Committee have strained to stay on top of an increase in service calls from Angelino Heights, Echo Park, Historic Filipinotown, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights and other neighborhoods. Some recent hot spots have included North Broadway in Lincoln Heights, Allesandro Street in Echo Park and Rampart Boulevard and Benton Way south of the Hollywood Freeway. Silver Lake residents last weekend discovered giant tags scrawled across the Bank of America branch on Glendale Boulevard. Bermudez, who has been painting over tagging for 18 years, has also been faced with a new scourge in the form of slap taggers who are using free mailing labels available at local post offices. Many of those postal service labels – covered with tags and designs – are then slapped on light poles, news racks, and, yes, mail boxes. The recent stormy weather has failed to provide Bermudez and his crews much of a break. “I don’t know how they are tagging in the rain,” he said.

Photo from Echo Park resident

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