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Countywide effort to end graffiti

Posted at 7:29 PM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 22:41:01-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) --  A new report aims to unify the County in order to tackle the graffiti problem. 

"Graffiti is kind of the opposite of art, it's just visual pollution in the neighborhood and we live in one of the prettiest places on the planet."

San Diego native Chris Cott says he simply can't ignore graffiti. He's been cleaning it up every day, on his own time, for decades.

The airbrush artist has had his own work defaced by vandals. He says the get it done app has been a game-changer in this crusade. Last year the city app received 13,274 graffiti complaints.  

"A lot of times it's confusing who to report it to," Cott said.

That's why a grand jury report recommends one user-friendly reporting system covering the entire county - so there's no confusion where to report graffiti to. It could be a telephone hotline, phone app or website. 

Cott likes the idea. He says people often ask him where to report graffiti. The grand jury believes a centralized reporting system would eliminate confusion and delays.

Cott also wants to see vandals prosecuted. But in the meantime, he'll continue to do his part. 

"When other people see you do it they might do it too and get involved, two heads are better than one, or two scrapers are better than one," he said. 

The report was directed to county leaders as well as mass transit systems in our area - they have 90 days to respond.