The Graffiti Abatement Committee of Residents (GACR) and Montgomery High School (MOH) Students had a Clean Up on Saturday, December 9th
Dec 17, 2017 11:16PM
By Paul Spear
The Grafﬁti Abatement Committee of Residents (GACR) held another DEL
SOL BOULEVARD Clean Up on Saturday, December 9, 2017, starting at 11
a.m. in the Otay Mesa-Nestor (A San Diego City Community - 92154). The
previous one was held on November 18. The focus was to continue to paint
completely walls that repeatedly gets vandalized with grafﬁti with a
standard color. When these walls are grafﬁti vandalized the GACR will use
the standard color for abatement thereby eliminating patches of
unmatched paint. For example, a brown wall with grafﬁti may be abated
with a different color creating a patch of unmatched paint.
GACR available volunteer residents were George, Juan, Jose, and Rodel.
Joining them were Montgomery High School (3250 Palm Avenue, San
Diego, CA 92154) students and parents. Montgomery is one of two public
high schools in the Otay Mesa-Nestor Community (92154).
The clean up involved a grafﬁti paint out at the Del Sol Boulevard/
Piccard Avenue Wall (see pictures), which consist of the dark Pink and
White wall that are attached to each other. The approximate total length of
both walls is approximately 100 feet. The dark Pink wall is repeatedly
vandalized with grafﬁti and is covered up with different colors of paint.
The main section of this wall was painted as well as the attached White wall
with a City Tan color. To facilitate the paint out, the GACR used its donated
high quality professional cordless paint sprayer.
The paint sprayer helped to give both walls a ﬁnished professional
appearance. When these attached walls are now vandalized with grafﬁti,
the GACR will be using the City Tan color for abatement. This makes for
quicker abatement and eliminates patches of unmatched paint.
The clean up also involved a litter abatement. Residents Vinny and
husband, Harry coordinated this effort. Residents driving by were honking
their car horns as a way of showing their appreciation of the clean up.
Students learned why residents are so upset when they see grafﬁti because
it represents a public threat attracting criminals to invade their
neighborhoods. A valuable asset of the GACR is the ability to abate grafﬁti
in 24 hrs or less. The next Del Sol Boulevard clean up is scheduled on
January of 2018. The most effective deterrent against grafﬁti vandals is
arrest and successful prosecution (e.g., jail time, restitution).
Otay Mesa-Nestor (OMN) community is twice-the-size (square miles) and
has close to three times the population of the city of Imperial Beach. It is
the largest San Diego City (SDC) community in the South Bay region and in
SDC Council District 8 in square miles and population. The OMN
community consist of the Otay Mesa-west, Palm City, Egger Highlands, and
Nestor neighborhoods. For more information, please contact OMN resident
and GACR founder Rodel at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach