Taggers Vandalize Pine Tree Circle

Annemarie DonkinBy Annemarie Donkin      July 24, 2020

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Taggers Vandalize Pine Tree Circle
Tagger’ graffiti mars he beautiful new door on the former Seed & Feed building. Photos by Teresa Royer
The Topanga Women’s Circle storage bin and two other locations at Pine Tree Circle were vandalized between Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12. “Some time on Saturday evening or early Sunday morning someone vandalized our bin by spray painting over the beautiful hand-painted rocks by Liz Dupuy,” wrote Debra Silbar, a volunteer and board member of the Topanga Women’s Circle via an email. “They also spray painted on the new wood garage door of the old Seed and Feed location and we have heard that Flower Power was vandalized as well. We will now have to spend hundreds of dollars on painting; that money could have been used to help the homeless in Los Angeles.” To mitigate the damage, Teresa Royer, Co-Chair of the Topanga Women’s Circle, hired Do-It-Wright painting to paint out the top of the graffiti on the storage bin. “Seed and Feed was also tagged and Gidget at Flower Power said her business had been vandalized,” said Lin Ilsley, Co-Chair of the Topanga Women’s Circle. According to Ilsley, Dupuy spoke with graffiti artists about removing the paint. “After Dupuy attempts to remove the tagging on her rock artwork, the bin will be power washed and repainted. We are hoping Liz’s beautiful artwork can be saved,” Ilsley said, adding that some weeks earlier, several Black Lives Matter flyers were superglued to the storage bin. “In general, minor vandalism does happen every once in a while in the course of the management of properties,” said Nate Daneshgar, owner of Pine Tree Circle. “Thankfully, it has been very rare and minor at Pine Tree Circle. What is most important is to address it quickly. To that end, we immediately touched up the paint as a bridge until the main paint job, which has been scheduled, [can be completed]. We have installed additional security cameras at the property. A few months ago we upgraded our remote monitoring system for the entire property and have been looking into additional security services. “The maintenance of a family environment is something that is most important to us.” To obtain more details of the incident, The Canyon Chronicle sent photos of the tagging to the Sheriff’s Department and received this reply from Deputy Michael Cerveny, C.I.T Team, Los Angeles Sheriff Department, Malibu/Lost Hills Station:“I checked and I have found no record of a report being taken for the below graffiti,” he wrote. “In cases like these the victim of this crime would have to request a report. As for the gang angle, I am unaware of any gangs or tagging crews within the Topanga Canyon area. However, I will look into it a little further and see if LAPD knows of any crews in the Valley in which that graffiti looks similar to any others.” Further, the LAPD indicated that individual taggers throughout the city and county are often responsible.
Artist Liz Dupuy’ beautiful River Rock Wall painting was also vandalized but there are plans to restore it.
“The graffiti depicted in this picture was not created by a criminal street gang member; it was created by a tagger,” wrote Senior Lead Officer Charles “Sean” Dinse of the Los Angeles Police Department, Topanga Community Police Station in Canoga Park. “It’s hard to identify the identity of the tagger by moniker but I’m sure images in the tag are commonly found in all of his/her tags.  It’s common for taggers to tag the same sign, symbol, tagger crew, and/or moniker when they’re vandalizing property. It’s a form of non-verbal communication identifying themselves to other taggers. Taggers’ intent is to vandalize as much property as possible while at the same time placing it in the most visible spots, especially when those locations are completely out of reach. The larger the mural and/or excessive amounts of tags helps build the reputation of the person in the tagging world.”    

Topanga Women’s Circle (TWC) is an organization of volunteer women who help the neediest of families by furnishing their new housing with the necessities we take for granted. One hundred percent of donations are used to help the families it serves. If you have questions, comments, or wish to donate, please contact Lin Ilsley at linilsley@gmail.com.
Annemarie Donkin

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