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Downtown Got Chalked With Some Obscene and Gross Tags Friday Night

Downtown streets got heavily tagged Friday night or Saturday morning.
Downtown streets got heavily tagged Friday night or Saturday morning.
Check the slideshow. They are not appropriate for children. And, they didn't wash off in the rain, so someone will have to clean the walls and streets.

City Councilwoman Pamela Comstock had this to say: 

"Vandalism of any kind has no place in our city. Every time an incident like this occurs it drains our resources. This means less money for things like community programs. It's important for people to connect the dots. You break it, we fix it, we all pay. 

This dance is getting old.

 When downtown thrives we will all thrive. We need sales tax revenue to move this city forward. Trying to tear it down means less for everyone."

Karen Kessinger September 21, 2013 at 03:37 PM
I suppose we should be grateful it is chalk....small consolation.
Araziel Silvermoon September 21, 2013 at 04:59 PM
there was a time in Santa Cruz when if someone left chalk out like that there would only be peace loving hippy type thing chalked everywhere. As one of Santa Cruz's Street population I long for those times.
Robert Singleton September 21, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Ermahgerd!! They drew a penis!!
Marc Reeve September 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM
How helpful that they put their names in the graffiti on the side of Old School Shoes...
paige concannon September 22, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Like everyone said, it was just chalk, but still makes me angry. I saw the GFN on the tailgate of a truck that was going into the parking garage before Me and my husband went to get some coffee, then noticed that it was every where ! While my husband and I got some coffee at Starbucks there was a gentleman walking with conviction down Pacific Ave with a pail of water and a rag and was wiping off the chalk. Have no idea who the gentleman was but kudos to him !!! Pamela Comstock " City Councilwoman Pamela Comstock had this to say: "Vandalism of any kind has no place in our city. Every time an incident like this occurs it drains our resources. This means less money for things like community programs. It's important for people to connect the dots. You break it, we fix it, we all pay. This dance is getting old. When downtown thrives we will all thrive. We need sales tax revenue to move this city forward. Trying to tear it down means less for everyone." My feelings of this statement has me wondering why we should pay MORE in sales tax, it was only chalk and a mystery man took it upon himself to get rid of it. Personally I do not want to pay more sales tax, we have been taxed enough. As far as the graffiti goes, thank goodness it was not paint only chalk but in the same sentence it is terrible to see any type of graffiti in our beautiful community!!!
Mike Crane September 22, 2013 at 07:20 AM
Thanks for the article. This chalk did not exactly wash off with the rain. It took a couple of hours of scrubbing to get the chalk off the walls and sidewalks of the Elm Street Mission.
Robert Norse September 22, 2013 at 09:21 AM
It may be apocryphal but I was told that police jacked up a father of two kids on the Boardwalk for chalking some kid thing. In angry response, he brought a bunch of chalk downtown and began distributing it to the community. Who then did lots of (erasable) sidewalk chalking downtown. Which Pamela Comstock and her mouthpiece Brad Kava now focus on as "obscene", "gang related" etc. The repressive Victorian standard has nothing to do with protecting children, or even furthering business.
Robert Norse September 22, 2013 at 09:26 AM
The menace of erasable sidewalk chalk--Santa Cruz's new Public Security crisis? Perhaps City Staff will call this another "trip and fall" hazard like jewelry on blankets downtown? Please, more police! More security guards! Lock up your children! Taser the homeless!
Robert Norse September 22, 2013 at 09:35 AM
Calling a community chalking involving artistic and free speech messages (such as that depicted in the photo above) "grafitti" and "tags" is a form of journalistic dishonesty, Brad. Your choice of interviewees shows your toxic bias. I note you don't show the large "Freedom" that was also chalked downtown. But, I suppose, we should be grateful you mention the matter at all unlike the Sentinel.
Robert Norse September 22, 2013 at 09:36 AM
Even more conservative San Diego has more respect for the First Amendment: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_23578237/not-guilty-verdict-san-diego-chalk-protester?
Robert Norse September 22, 2013 at 09:37 AM
Apologies for the 5 separated comments, but your website doesn't allow for paragraphs yet. Good luck with that, though.
Carrie Haber September 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM
What I think is sad is that so many people resort to fowl language when they are given any opportunity for free expression.
Oedi September 22, 2013 at 11:47 AM
This is, Mr. Norse, by definition, graffiti. It is not, by definition, tagging, which denotes marking of territory by gang members.
Steve Premo September 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM
From the headline, I was expecting something obscene. Most of the messages looked positive to me. Others looked childish. None of it looked newsworthy.
Brian September 22, 2013 at 06:48 PM
chalk is not vandalism, the messages were not that foul, and this is blown way out of proportion, this reminds me of that guy that posted the video of the trash and needles that volunteers had dumped in one location and insinuated it was left by the bums perverting the truth, oh yeah hes in jail for perversion
Robert Norse September 23, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Great coverage of the many many different chalked messages, pictures, and symbols,Alekz! Much thanks. Please start your own news service and supplant this police-puffing Patch. It's nice to see images of reality correct the bigoted messages being put out here, by the Comstock faction, & the City Council.
Alekz Londos September 23, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Those who were not downtown Santa Cruz on Friday the 20th 2013 have no idea what really happened. It was planned that the rain would wash most of it away later that night, only 1-3% extended to the walls of privet property, approximately 95% was positive, the people involved in the event were removing as much chalk as possible from the walls and that the event was a social experiment planned by a mastermind. http://www.flickr.com/photos/97198640@N08/ http://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/eve/4078506873.html
Steve Premo September 23, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Wow, thanks Aleks! Now that I see more pictures, I see what a wonderful event this was, filled with people writing positive messages, funny messages, whimsical messages, wonderful artwork, etc. Vandalism? Bah. It's chalk.
Margarette September 24, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Miley Cyrus is visual vandalism of the moral ethics and common modesty. Please, what do you expect from people after being barraged with smut upon smut upon smut.
Margarette September 24, 2013 at 03:03 PM
TAX!!! TAX!!! That''s some solution all right! Pathetic!!
Steve Premo September 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM
To be fair, Comstock is not saying that taxes should be increased. She's saying that people will not shop downtown if there is artwork in chalk on the sidewalks, and this will reduce the sales tax collected by the businesses there. Which is absurd, but it's not a call for more taxes.
Chris Jordan September 29, 2013 at 01:59 PM
Amazing! Nowhere did I read one thundering ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! Last week; pink spray paint chicken scratch on sidewalk/fence/building (called for repainting) - no big deal so nothing written. This week that horrible chalk and it seems that enough is enough has been shelved. Funny how people think and state the unstateable.

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