January 23, 2022

Town Council Offers Tips to Fight Graffiti


Two nights before Topanga Days, on Thursday, May 22, Topanga Canyon was graffitied heavily from one end of the boulevard to the other. The professional style of the tags made it doubtful that the vandals were locals from Topanga. According to the Sheriff's department, most of Topanga taggings are not done by locals, but are produced by gangs in the San Fernando Valley.

Mosst experts agree that the best way to combat graffiti is to remove it immediately. Because of increased tagging in Topanga, the Topanga Town Council introduced its own Graffiti Hotline, (310) 455-3001, ext. 3, several years ago; reports can also be made online at www.topangatowncouncil.org. A Town Council member then forwards the reported information from the website or voice mail to the CalTrans West Maintenance Regional Office or to the Los Angeles County's Graffiti Hotline. Topanga residents can also directly request graffiti removal using the Cal Trans website, www.dpw.lacounty.gov (click on Graffiti Reporting), or by contacting L.A. County's Graffiti Hotline at (800) 675-4357. The graffiti removal hotline is available with live operators 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sheriff’s Deputy Roberto Garcia also encouraged property owners to photograph the graffiti and report the incident to the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s station.

Several years ago, the County sponsored a program called T.A.G. — Totally Against Graffiti. However, budget constraints kept the successful program from being continued. Graffiti Abatement Manager Ari Telias said the County is very interested in developing a new educational program to work in partnership with local councils and schools to teach children about the costs and consequences of graffiti, vandalism and destruction of property. Any parent, teacher or organization interested in participating in such a program can contact the Topanga Town Council.