Taggerâ graffiti mars he beautiful new door on the former Seed & Feed building.
Photos by Teresa Royer
The Topanga Womenâs Circle storage bin and two other locations at Pine Tree Circle were vandalized between Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12.
âSome time on Saturday evening or early Sunday morning someone vandalized our bin by spray painting over the beautiful hand-painted rocks by Liz Dupuy,â wrote Debra Silbar, a volunteer and board member of the Topanga Womenâs Circle via an email. âThey also spray painted on the new wood garage door of the old Seed and Feed location and we have heard thatÂ 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.â
To mitigate the damage, Teresa Royer, Co-Chair of the Topanga Womenâs Circle, hired Do-It-Wright painting to paint out the top of the graffiti on the storage bin.
âSeed and Feed was also tagged and Gidget at Flower Power said her business had been vandalized,â said Lin Ilsley, Co-Chair of the Topanga Womenâs Circle. According to Ilsley, Dupuy spoke with graffiti artists about removing the paint. âAfter Dupuy attempts to remove the tagging on her rock artwork, the bin will be power washed and repainted. We are hoping Lizâs beautiful artworkÂ can be saved,â Ilsley said, adding that some weeks earlier, several Black Lives Matter flyers were superglued to the storage bin.
âIn general, minor vandalism does happen every once in a while in the course of the management of properties,â said Nate Daneshgar, owner of Pine Tree Circle.
âThankfully, 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.
âThe maintenance of a family environmentÂ is something that is most important to us.â
To obtain more details of the incident, The Canyon Chronicle sent photos of the tagging to the Sheriffâs Department and received this reply from Deputy Michael Cerveny, C.I.T Team, Los Angeles Sheriff Department, Malibu/Lost Hills Station:âI checked and I have found no record of a report being taken for the below graffiti,â he wrote. âIn cases like these the victim of this crime would have to request a report.Â 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.â
Further, the LAPD indicated that individual taggers throughout the city and county are often responsible.