Eagle Rock’s graffiti clean-up crews might want to invest in a high-powered spray-gun or rock climbing lessons. The top of The Eagle Rock – the massive boulder visible from nearly every corner of the neighborhood – has been tagged. It’s hard to make out the lettering but an Eagle Rock resident James Moe said the graffiti, which appeared about eight months ago, is visible from the eastbound 134 Freeway and the Eagle Rock Recreation Center. Moe wants the tagging cleaned off the rock, a city cultural historic monument, but he said nothing had been done despite calls and email to the office of Councilman Jose Huizar. Why should anyone care? Moe explains:
The Eagle Rock is, to state the obvious, the symbol of the Eagle Rock community. A blemish on a treasured symbol like the Eagle Rock itself is a blemish to the community as a whole. It is an insult to those who have strived and succeeded at making Eagle Rock rank among the safest neighborhoods in the city in terms of violent crime.
Would graffiti be tolerated on the Hollywood sign or the Capitol Records building? Absolutely not. Why should it linger for nearly a year on our community’s symbol of pride?
The Eastsider has contacted Councilman Huizar’s office to find out if the tagging can be cleaned or scrubbed off.
* Update: Rick Coca, spokesman for Councilman Huizar, said that employees with Recreation and Parks and Cultural Affairs have determined that graffiti is too dangerous to remove. “There is a portion that they cannot safely get to without putting workers in danger. All other sections of the rock are cleaned up on a regular basis. I’m assuming he’s talking about that one section. Any graffiti that our office reports throughout our district that can be removed is taken care of within 48 hours.”
Top photo by James Moe