What we like about Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian’s $5 million, anti-graffiti measure is that 90 percent of the money is to go to the arrest and prosecution of the taggers.
The victims of tagging, including the government, spend so much time and resources on removing the graffiti, while the vandals easily strike elsewhere or return to the scene of the crime another day.
However, the Stockton Republican’s “Tag, Your It” bill places a premium on catching the crooks.
Assembly Bill 528 was written in response to horrible tagging this winter on the concrete median barriers of Highway 99 in northeast Stockton. Graffiti is an epidemic statewide and nationwide, with an estimated $350 million in damage in California and more than $15 billion in the U.S. annually.
Aghazarian’s bill is at the least a start at pursuing the criminals.