Tomorrow’s question and accusation from Supervisor Wiener that Mayor Lee is scheduled to answer with a scripted response:
Only a few days after the opening of the wonderful new children’s playground at Dolores Park, neighbors awoke one morning to find that it had been covered in graffiti. Since then, etchings, damaged features, and other acts of vandalism have been perpetrated against this beautiful community asset.
Similarly, at Duboce Park, only days after its ribbon cutting, it too was covered in graffiti. You and I were both at these opening celebrations as they served as testaments to what can happen when neighbors, businesses, and the City family come together to make our city friendlier and more inviting to children. Sadly, the City has been unable to ensure adequate protection of these valuable assets.
It is baffling to me that in many cases, the Police Department and our District Attorney know who the perpetrators are, but yet are reluctant to press charges. This is unacceptable to me…
The Department of Public Works spends more than $20M annually on graffiti abatement along our streets, and the Recreation and Parks Department spends millions more. These wasted tax dollars could be used to repave our streets, hire recreation managers, and keep our landscaping beautiful and healthy. Yet, year after year, we divert these funds to repair the work inflicted by vandals. We need to send a strong message that this type of antisocial behavior will not be tolerated in San Francisco.
Mr. Mayor, will you help me ensure that the Police Department arrests these perpetrators and that the District Attorney files charges against them? Will you also help ensure that we have adequate law enforcement – SFPD and Park Patrol – along our streets and in our parks?
∙ San Francisco Board of Supervisors Agenda: June 19, 2012 [sfbos.org]