The city wants to give you $250 to report graffiti as part of the Graffiti Rewards Fund. The catch is that you only get the money after filing a police report that leads to an arrest, you go to court to testify and it leads to a successful prosecution.

The program is a partnership with the Department of Public Works, the police department and the District Attorneys office. It has been in place for two years but so far only about a dozen have reported graffiti and only three have gotten the reward, said DPW spokeswomen, Christine Falvey.

The city is starting to move aggressively towards this issue in part because of the recent high profile case of hateful tagging by the now infamous KKKAtie, said Paul Henderson of the District Attorneys office.

To show that the city is moving aggressively towards graffiti, they are asking residents to call 911 if the crime is in progress and 311 for those that have already occurred. Those interested can get an application from the DPW website or a police station.

Falvey, added that the DPW alone already spends $3.6 million annually to clean graffiti so the $250 per person is worth it. She added that there is no cap on the reward fund or on how many times people can report graffiti.

During a press conference, in the corner of 22nd and Capp Streets, the first three recipients of the award were announced.

They chose the location because the city recently commissioned a mural by Francisco Aquino in a property that had chronic graffiti problems, Falvey said.

“Not only do we concentrate our efforts abating graffiti as quickly as it appears, but we facilitate anti-graffiti volunteer and neighborhood empowerment programs,” said director of Operations for DPW, Mohammed Nuru, in a statement.

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Rigoberto Hernandez

Rigoberto Hernandez is a journalism student at San Francisco State University. He has interned at The Oregonian and The Orange County Register, but prefers to report on the Mission District. In his spare time he can be found riding his bike around the city, going to Giants games and admiring the Stable building.

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2 Comments

  1. Really? Seriously people? Wouldn’t you rather have a pothole filled? Street washed (urine smell), tree planted? What a waste of $$. I could see providing discount paint, so we could paint over when the vandalism happens – but this is stupid and a HUGE waste of $$ we don’t have!!!

  2. Comment above does not include KKKatherine Dunbar – clearly she is a nutbag/hatefilled criminal that is probably working up to more violent behavior.

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