Oh SF City dept, citing us for graffiti on our boarded up windows is just poor taste.
— Weston Wear Store (@WestonWearStore) May 3, 2012
It seems the Department of Public Works (DPW) has sent Weston Wear — one of the businesses trashed by protesters on Monday night — a warning letter asking it to remove the graffiti on one of its boarded-up windows.
For context: Business owners must remove graffiti within 30 days of receiving a letter from DPW or risk a $500 fine, per the city’s 2004 graffiti removal ordinance. The department does this to every tagged residence and business it comes across.
A Weston Wear store manager told us that the company hopes to open the storefront by this weekend, so the graffiti should be removed within 30 days and it shouldn’t have to pay the fine. The timing is unfortunate, however.
Further, what kind of message does this letter send to small businesses?
Vic Wong of Mission Mission likens it to “getting your car stolen and having to pay for towing.”