19 May 2009

Still More Artistic Expression in the Face of Social Injustice

Well, today was a mixed bag when it comes to the recent graffiti offensive launched in Carbon Canyon. As I stated yesterday, after I called the Chino Hills graffiti hotline to report some tagging on a retaining wall below the Carriage Hills subdivision near the S-curve along Carbon Canyon Road, the folks in that city are usually quick to respond to reports of graffiti activity. Sure enough, while the tagging was there at a little after 8 a.m. as I drove my kids to school, it was gone no more than a half-hour later when I returned through on my way to work. It may have been city workers or perhaps a contractor hired by the Carriage Hills Homeowner's Association, but, either way, the response was quick and kudos to whoever did the work!

On the other hand, some of the same people also took the opportunity over the weekend to add their "artistic skills" to the already well-illustrated La Vida Mineral Springs tank, the only major visible presence of the Brea historic site. As the top photo, taken this morning, shows, there was quite a bit of embellishment there, including the same "DES" who marked up the Carriage Hills retaining wall (bottom photo from yesterday for comparison.) "DES" also marked up a new guard rail along the highway in front of the tank.

Given that there has been steady activity over most of the last few weekends, it might be an opportune time for local law enforcement to do a little more patrolling later in the evening on upcoming Fridays and Saturdays.

Just in case.

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