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Letter to the editor: Take care of graffiti to keep Tahoe clean

As a summer resident of beautiful South Lake Tahoe for the last several years, I have noticed an increase in the graffiti appearing on both main and secondary locations. This will have a negative effect on tourists coming to the Lake Tahoe area.

As a resident of Southern California, I am aware of the impact graffiti can make on a community. The graffiti is almost always gang-related and, like a dog urinating to mark its territory, is used to define a gang’s territory. The city of Riverside created a graffiti removal team and removes graffiti as soon as reported on a hotline number. The advantage of this program is that by removing graffiti immediately, gangs are discouraged from generating new graffiti. Riverside is a cleaner and more attractive city.

The point of this letter is that unless graffiti is removed immediately, South Lake Tahoe will start to look like the run-down areas of major cities. Keep South Lake Tahoe as a resort destination and act before it is too late.

Bernie Waltzer

Riverside, Calif.

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