Richmond residents dig into Greenway and MLK celebration

  Desi W.O.M.E., of Community Rejuvenation Project, center, helps paint the face of one of the first urban farmers of Richmond. “We’re working more with the community to create something that’s beautiful and powerful and that involves community,” W.O.M.E. said of their two-block mural. (Photo by: Tyler Orsburn) By Tyler Orsburn for Richmond Confidential January 22, 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been proud of Richmond Monday. Mother Nature would have been thrilled, too, as more than 400…

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Oakland officials consider new graffiti ordinance

A mural on Willow Street in West Oakland By Charles Berkowitz in Oakland North, November 27, 2012 5:31 pm With several enlarged photographs of blighted Oakland property leaned up against the chamber windows, Oakland’s Public Works Committee convened Tuesday morning to consider a new graffiti ordinance that would bolster the city’s current vandalism laws. The ordinance, proposed by City Attorney Barbara Parker and District 3 Councilmember Nancy Nadel, would enhance penalties for violators, increase criminal charges from an infraction to…

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Proposed graffiti ordinance seeks harsher punishment for vandalism

By Charles Berkowitz in Oakland North, November 12, 2012 11:53 am This month, the city council’s Public Works Committee will consider a new graffiti ordinance, which aims to bolster Oakland’s current vandalism laws by inflicting harsher penalties on offenders and offering support for property owners frequently targeted by graffiti writers. The “Graffiti Enforcement Program” proposed by City Attorney Barbara Parker and District 3 representative Nancy Nadel, would enhance a section of the city’s municipal code which presently only addresses graffiti…

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Going After Graffiti

Originally published in the East Bay Express, November 21, 2012 A new law proposed by Oakland’s city attorney would impose fines on both taggers and property owners. By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor With graffiti becoming an increasingly serious problem in large areas of Oakland, the Oakland City Attorney’s Office is proposing a new city ordinance that would impose financial penalties on persons convicted of applying graffiti to property within the city and on property owners who fail to remove graffiti in…

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Oakland Council Passes Graffiti Ordinance

Originally printed in the East Bay Express, December 19, 2012 With a coalition of San Pablo Avenue business owners urging approval and graffiti artist advocates asking for a delay while a better law is crafted, the Oakland City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance Tuesday night to enhance penalties for persons who tag properties in Oakland and for property owners who fail to remove them on a timely basis. The new ordinance was developed in the office of outgoing West…

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Oakland City Council Moves Forward with Anti-Graffiti Ordinance

Originally written in the East Bay Express, December 11, 2012 With Oakland City Councilwoman Libby Schaaf declaring that, “I really get pissed off when people trash my city” and a visibly angry council President Larry Reid inviting fellow committee members to “come out to my district and talk to my constituents” if they failed to take quick action against graffiti, the council’s Public Works Committee sent a modified anti-graffiti ordinance today to the full council for consideration. After the City…

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Oakland Community Art Coalition Scores Major Victory Against “Comprehensive Anti-Graffiti Ordinance”

What’s in a name? For the Oakland Community Art Coalition, everything.  After issuing recommendations to Councilpersons Nancy Nadel and Libby Schaaf and speaking before the Public Works Committee on two occasions, advocating in favor of modifications to a proposed “Comprehensive Anti-Graffiti Ordinance,” the committee recommended adoption of several of the Coalition’s suggestions following a December 12 hearing. The recommendations included removing the word “graffiti” from the ordinance – a major point of contention for the Coalition, who argued that the…

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CRP Statement on Oakland’s Proposed Anti-Graffiti Ordinance

On November 2—just four days before the election—City Attorney Barbara Parker and Councilmember Nancy Nadel released a proposed amendment to Oakland’s municipal code which targeted graffiti vandals. Under the proposed ordinance— whose impetus reportedly came as a result of “Occupy”-style protests—graffiti would be classified a “public nuisance” and offenders charged with misdemeanors, rather than citations. The ordinance also calls for increased penalties—including fines as high as $750 per infraction—makes parents liable for damages caused by underage offenders, requires business and…

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Mural Spawns Community Garden in Avondale

This is EXACTLY what the Community Rejuvenation Project dreams about when we envision the impact that we want to have in the community. This is why we have partnered with so many amazing food justice organizations such as People’s Grocery, Ashland Cherryland Garden and Arts Network, Phat Beets, and Urban Tilth. We have the straightforward belief that if you paint art and plant food, good things will happen. We were so honored and excited to paint in numerous gardens and…

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