Thursday, April 10, 2008

Graffiti has been around for centuries and there are few areas that it has not reached. Some of it has merit or is artistic but the bulk is not (in my opinion). The city where I reside has a hotline for reporting graffiti and I used to place calls and report the tagging when I would get back from walking my dog or riding my bike. I would leave a message on their answering machine and they would call back for a more better description and location. To make the reporting a little easier I requested an e-mail address to send an example of the graffiti as I often carry a camera when I am hiking.

Then the IPhone came along and presto change-o, I would take a picture of the tagging with my phone make a with clicks and send the report directly to the city. Now and then there would be a rub as to whose jurisdiction the offense was located as the bike trails wind through various citites and in most cases the county is responsable for the removal on the trail and flood control and they can be really slow (six weeks) to do anything.

So I started making a list of the cities with the county I ride and was surprised that two cities actually offer a reward if the vandal is caught. (see list)

Several cities have a connection or electronic message reporting on their web site. Check where you live you maybe surprise at what you find there. Here is list of the cities where you can find their sites.

City Graffiti HotLines in Orange County, California

Aliso Viejo 949-425-2500 no hotline
Anaheim 714-765-5200
Brea 714-671-4465
Buena Park 714-821-8658
Costa Mesa 714-327-7491 Offers $2,000 reward
County of Orange 714-834-3400
Cypress 714-229-6700 no hotline
Dana Point 949-248-3573
Fountain Valley 714-593-4400 Offers $500 reward
Fullerton 714-738-3108
Garden Grove 714-741-5381
Huntington Beach 714-960-8861
Irvine 949-724-7196
La Habra 562-905-9723
La Pama 714-690-3310
Laguna Beach 949-497-3311 no hotline
Laguna Hills 949-707-2656
Laguna Niguel 949-362-4300
Laguna Woods 949-639-0500 no hotline
Lake Forest 949-461-3583
Los Alamitos 562-431-3538 no hotline
Mission Viejo 949-460-2948
Newport Beach 949-644-3333
Orange 714-744-7279
Placentia 714-630-8693
Rancho Santa Margarita 949-635-1800 no hotline
San Clemente 949-361-8200
San Juan Capistrano 949-443-6363 abatement
Santa Ana 877-786-7824
Seal Beach 562-799-4100 EXT 1109
Stanton 714-890-4252 option 2
Tustin 714-573-3111
Villa Park 714-998-1500
Westminster 714-895-2876
Yorba Linda 714-961-7100 no hotline
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