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The writing is on the wall
This graffiti was recently discovered on a light post along the sidewalk behind the day care building. Graffiti is not uncommon at City College. Teri Barth | [email protected]

Vandals have struck at City College, marking several places with graffiti around campus since the beginning of the semester.

City College campus police officer Christian Keister said graffiti continues to be an issue.

“It’s kind of such a huge problem here at City Col­lege that it’s hard to keep up on,” said Keister.

“At City we have a much bigger problem with it than say American River College and CRC, so it’s easier for the operations and custodians [there] to stay on top of it. …It’s such a prevalent problem here that often times it isn’t even really reported to us.”

City College communications major Lawrence Bahrs, 20, said he probably would not report any graffiti since he would assume that operations is already aware of it.

“I don’t really see any [graffiti] around here [campus]. It’s more along the lines of the graffiti in the bathrooms,” said Bahrs. “If I do see any, I kind of feel saddened by it because they [vandals] feel the need to decimate property.”

However, Scott Stevens, a 21-year-old City College psychology major, said he would speak up.

“I think it’s a shame that people feel the need to graffiti and vandalize property,” said Stevens. “I haven’t really noticed any, but I’ll keep an eye out for it. If I did see any, I’d probably go to the counselors office or police department to report it.”

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“We are smack in the territory of two of the largest and most established gangs in Sacramento,” said Keis­ter. “The biggest things that we want to determine [is] whether [graffiti is] gang-related or not because there is a big difference between just the basic taggers and the people who are actually tagging our school as gang territory.”

But not all gang-related graffiti are indicative of rivalry, Keister said. In fact, not all graffiti is even gang-related—people with no gang affiliation tag the campus, too.

“There’s really not a lot of rhyme or reason to it, especially with the taggers,” Keister said. “They just do it to do it.”

Regardless, graffiti in any form is a crime, Keister emphasized, and that trumps the intention, whether it’s “art” or not.

And just as vandals can vary, the consequences of vandalism can vary as well.

“Generally, [graffiti is] considered a misdemeanor,” said Keister. “If it is proven to be gang-related, it can lead to other things… but, generally, it would be a misdemeanor crime of vandalism, which could [result in issuing] a citation. If it’s a felony, they could go to jail.”


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