The Board of Supervisors hereby finds and declares that:
Graffiti is detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the community in that it promotes a perception in the community that the laws protecting public and private property can be disregarded with impunity. This perception fosters a sense of disrespect of the law that results in an increase in crime; degrades the community and leads to urban blight; is detrimental to property values, business opportunities and the enjoyment of life; is inconsistent with the City’s property maintenance goals and aesthetic standards; and results in additional graffiti and in other properties becoming the target of graffiti unless it is quickly removed from public and private property.
Graffiti results in visual pollution and is hereby deemed a public nuisance. Graffiti must be abated as quickly as possible to avoid detrimental impacts on the City and County and its residents, and to prevent the further spread of graffiti.
Graffiti is increasingly used by gangs to frighten residents of neighborhoods. Therefore, gang graffiti, in particular, exacerbates the degradation of San Francisco’s quality of life. In order to alleviate this fear caused by gang graffiti, and to assist the partnership between the City and County and the neighborhoods in their mutual efforts to make streets safe, gang graffiti must be abated as quickly as possible.
It is the purpose of this Article to provide a program for the removal of graffiti from walls, pavement, structures and other improvements on both public and private property.
(Added by Ord. 29-94, App. 1/14/94; amended by Ord. 263-04, File No. 041150, App. 11/4/2004)