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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.”

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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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  1. Hey, our elected officials and thorough regulatory agencies and their top staff put the DYS in DYSFUNCTIONAL. You just got dYs’ed.

    They should sue for discrimination if mission station didn’t get the same notice.

    Go team ED!

  2. Talk about adding insult to injury.

    And is especially ridiculous since it was The City’s epic fail that let the vandals run rampant without timely police response. Weston Wear is located within a stone’s throw of the Mission precinct.

    SF Gov, you never cease to amaze me.