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FBA leads graffiti cleanup effort

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Beautification Alliance (FBA) graffiti removal team has been hard at work, laboring to stay ahead of the problem in the community. Using monies raised at its annual July 4 fundraiser, the organization continues to work to remove graffiti from public buildings, signs and landmarks.

Volunteer Russ Heyneman has been applying a new graffiti stopper protective coating on rocks and benches in the Pico Promenade, which has proved to be successful. “The rocks are the hardest to clean, because of the cracks and valleys are on the surfaces,” explained Heyneman.

Karen Feyler, chairman of the FBA graffiti removal committee, said the group responds to between 130-150 calls per year to remove graffiti.

FBA’s goal is to clean off graffiti within 24-48 hours after notification by the Sheriff’s Department, which is aggressive, but we are proud that we can usually meet that goal” said Feyler.

The process of addressing graffiti in Fallbrook is as follows:

•Citizens should call the Fallbrook Sheriff's Substation graffiti hotline at (760) 451-3144 to report the location of graffiti.

•The sheriff's department logs, photographs, and tracks the offense, watching for trends, areas of particular concern, and builds a file to be used in the future to prosecute offenders.

•The sheriff’s department then contacts the FBA to dispatch a clean up team. The FBA cleans graffiti in public locations, as long as they are able to comfortably reach the graffiti without the aid of special equipment or ladders. If the graffiti is not readily accessible, the sheriff’s department will take action directly.

The sheriff’s department also works with the County of San Diego Code Enforcement to ensure that property and business owners are notified and take action to clean graffiti on their property.

Feyler said property and business owners need to be proactive about removing graffiti from their location. “We just don’t have enough volunteers available to handle both public and private locations.” Feyler explained that the FBA focus is on public signs, buildings and landmarks.

“Businesses and property owners need to try to remove graffiti within two days,” said Feyler, insisting that prompt removal is the greatest deterrent.

Volunteers are always being sought to aid in the graffiti cleanup effort and organizers said the organization keeps supplies at a central location in town, including disposable brushes and rollers, as well as paints in various colors, so no messy brush clean up is required after the graffiti removal work is done.

Anyone interested in volunteering their time should call the graffiti hotline number and leave their name and phone number. More information on the FBA can be viewed at

http://www.FallbrookBeautification.org.

 

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