Why didn’t the O.C. Register mention that the idea for a Santa Ana graffiti ordinance started in Denver in 2006?

An anti graffiti ordinance was started by Thomas “Tom” Gordon in Denver back in 2006, to combat some weird graffiti!

The article did a good job of praising a group of Santa Ana activists for writing an anti-graffiti ordinance.  But The O.C. Register reporter, Doug Irving, blew the story.  He should have just read our blog.  We wrote about this awhile ago.

Our former blogger, Thomas Gordon, owns homes in both Denver, CO and Santa Ana.  And he has served on the Denver Anti-Graffiti Task Force.  It turns out they have had an ordinance on the books for some time.  But now Gordon has failed to mention that to Irving.

Instead, Gordon is taking credit for launching the Santa Ana ordinance, along with his pals in Santa Ana’s “Usual Suspects.”

Irving wrote that “The idea came not from a city attorney or City Council members, but from residents and business owners who had just had enough. The city is now reviewing the proposed graffiti ordinance they wrote over coffee and law books.”

Really?  Well, click here to see what Denver came up with, way back in 2006.  And click here to see Gordon’s name noted as one of their commissioners.

The proposed Santa Ana anti graffiti ordinance “allows for fines of up to $1,000 – plus restitution for any property damage, plus community service. It allows the city to seize cars, bicycles, skateboards or any other property used in committing a graffiti crime.”

The problem is that this ordinance does nothing to address why graffiti and gangs have grown to be such a problem in Santa Ana.

Poverty is the problem her, not ethnicity, but many of those involved in this ordinance flat out hate Mexicans.  To them the problem is one of race.  They will use this law to harass young people – mark my words.

Santa Ana has only one library – and one learning center.  We are woefully short on park space.  Two of the Usual Suspects serve on the Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Commission.  Ask them when Santa Ana last opened a new park.

This new law is a band aid – but it does nothing to cure the disease.  It does however mollify the Usual Suspects – who have had quite a banner year.  They also got the Phil Bacerra Bicycle Rack Act passed recently – which will kill jobs by forcing many new businesses to pay for and install bike racks.  Of course if half the bikes in town get seized, I don’t know what those racks will be good for…

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