County And City Team Up To Battle Graffiti

FRESNO, CA (May 12, 2005) - On May 16, 2005 at 10am the County and the City of Fresno will kick off a program that will allow the City to paint over graffiti in county islands within the city limits. The program will address spray painted areas such as road signs, fences, apartment complexes, telephone poles, businesses and homes in the Calwa, Mayfair, Sunnyside and Fig Garden areas.

The Board of Supervisors feel the action signals their intent to become more cognizant of quality of life issues for all the citizens of Fresno County, including those who live within the boundaries of the City of Fresno.

Chairman of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, Judy Case, Supervisor District 3, Henry R. Perea, Fresno City Councilmember Larry Westerland and John Robertson Manager of Code Enforcement for the City of Fresno will be in attendance as well as others to be announced. Monday morning May 16 th at 10am at the lot on the east side of Auto Zone at 4266 E. Clinton Avenue. One of the soon to be five Graffiti abatement trucks used by the City of Fresno will be there to show the actual removal of graffiti from neighboring fences. It is anticipated that nearly 50 locations within the City’s boundaries will have the graffiti removed on Monday.

Mayor Alan Autry stated “Graffiti is a problem that doesn’t recognize City boundaries, and requires a total team effort to successfully combat.” This is the start of an ambitious effort on behalf of the County to “get something started to eradicate this problem” stated Supervisor Henry Perea.

Staff members from the City of Fresno are very enthusiastic about this team effort due to the mutual benefits provided by the collaboration. Citizens of Fresno may not live in the County islands but they drive through them. The idea of a more attractive City is one that is very favorably looked upon by everyone.

Contact: Gayle J. Surabian, (559) 488-1710
Ken Shockley, Public Affairs Officer: (559) 621-7777