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City And Public Working To Clean Up Lake Elsinore

The "Clean Extreme" program kicks off Jan. 28 at the Elsinore Naval and Military School.

Lake Elsinore is touting a new program for 2011 that aims to clean up the city, but it won’t be successful unless local residents and businesses share in the effort, officials say.

“We’re trying to clean up the city. We need the public’s participation, too,” said City Manager Bob Brady.

The new “Clean Extreme” program will kick off Jan. 28 at 8 a.m. when volunteers and city officials turn out to haul trash and spruce up the area around the

Brady said there are plans to have two additional “Clean Extreme” events in 2011, but the schedule has not been set. He said he welcomes public input and is taking the names and numbers of those who want to lend a hand.

The Jan. 28 event will see many local organizations turn out, including , EcoPlanet, Lake Elsinore Rotary Club, CR&R Waste Services, the , and the to name a few, Brady said.

Brady said this month’s effort will be large scale, but future Clean Extreme events are still awaiting volunteer sign ups.

“We want the community to take ownership,” he said.

For more information, contact the Lake Elsinore City Manager’s office at (951) 674-3124.

J Carabine January 11, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Love to see Lake Elsinore " take ownership and pride in their city". Perhaps this should be put in the events column to remind people, it would be great to see a really big turnout. Next we need a committee for Wildomar. Every street is getting tagged with graffiti and junk dumped all over town,it is noticeably different in just the last 6 months. People dumping their trash everywhere... it seems incredible to me. Does anyone else notice this? I have been documenting for a while and can photograph easily half a dozen new taggings and dumpings a day. :( . Very sad to see. Murrieta has a clean up committee but I see they are getting tagged as well.
Anon January 11, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Our graffiti removal employee does not do a good job. He doesnt match the paint and he leaves so much grafitti behind. I think graffiti laws need to be very strict. Most of these individuals are kids and the parents need to be held accountable as well. Community service and fines. I was at Home Dept a few months ago buying some paint and I saw that the stray paint is behind a cage. I put my hand in there and pulled out two cans. Of course I put them back, but I was amazed that it was so easy! Dog owners also need to be responsible for cleaning up after their dogs in the parks. I see a lot of litter in our parks as well. Parents need to teach their kids.
Diana January 11, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I am all for cleaning up our City, "dream extreme" is a good idea but don't we have City employees, "public works" that are responsible for keeping the trash and so on picked up here? A while back I read an article that the City had purchased cameras to place in high graffiti areas to catch the taggers, might I suggest the placement of one on these cameras on the Menace Motorcycle building, the taggers use this building for their artwork on a almost daily basis, you want a high traffic area to catch them it doesn't get much better then this.
BLUESGUITAR777 January 11, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Hope there's a good turnout for the clean up too. I'll try to make it myself as I live very close to the old School there in the pic. Also there's a type-o in the story... "Brady said there are plans to have two additional “Clean Extreme” events in 2011" I think she meant 2012. ;o)
J Carabine January 11, 2012 at 06:01 PM
American girl. which city are you referring to? I am pretty sure Wildomar does not have one. I do agree who ever is painting over; they slap whatever paint they can find around on it and it looks almost as bad. They will tell you it is because it is donated or bought out of their own pockets of those who paint over. I do not see the point of painting 3/4 of a graffiti door with square splats from a paintbrush.. why not just paint the whole door the new color? Lake Elsinore has a graffiti hotline....the number is 951-674-2701. Although it is hard to catch in the act I have noticed the same " signature" over and over and there is no doubt they use this on their note books and other places. Community service would be great - they can paint over graffiti. I wonder how many of them are actually caught?
Christi January 11, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Taggers and their parents do pay hefty fines and community service, when they are caught. Wildomar does have a graffiti service. But if it is on private property the property owner is responsible, not the cities. We got tagged on the curb last week, neighbor had his brick wall tagged too. We cleaned our own curb, sandplasted it off. It has been along time since we were hit. Neighbor is working on his, a lot more to clean up for him. We also live next to a field that gets stuff dumped in it. Our neighborhood cleans up what it can. The kids who ride bikes out there are helpful too. We give them trash bags to clean up every now and then. Never an argument about it. Yes the city has staff for clean up, but not on private property. It is also a money thing. When the budget gets cut, so does what the city can do. There are choices to be made on what is most needed to be done. Also it takes longer to get stuff done.
Stephanie Smith January 11, 2012 at 08:13 PM
The City of Lake Elsinore has an online graffiti report form that anyone can fill out 24/7. Here is the link: http://lake-elsinore.org/index.aspx?recordid=52&page=23 My experience has been that when we as residents take ownership of our community, and report to the City graffiti and other nuisances, the City takes action pretty quickly. The person responsible for removing graffiti works as efficiently and quickly as he can, but we as residents have to do our part as well, and report graffiiti. As for matching colors, they do try and match colors, however perhaps city staff should look at standardizing color schemes, particularly on walls and fences that front city rights-of-way, to make it easier to match. Still allow private property owners to choose, but limit the choice to say four or five standard colors. Finally, as a property owner, know that the City is not responsible for cleaning the graffiti on your buildings. If someone tags your fence, wall, building, etc, it is up to you to remove it. In fact if you don't, the City has the right under the Municipal Code to contract the work out and bill the property owner on the tax bill. While it can be burdensome, these are the resposibilities of property ownership. The presence or responsibilities of law enforcement aside, taking care of one's property is still the job of the property owner.
J Carabine January 11, 2012 at 08:54 PM
"The presence or responsibilities of law enforcement aside, taking care of one's property is still the job of the property owner." Agreed ;) but so many just don't care..:(
J Carabine January 11, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Christis, Your saying Wildomar does have graffiti service? How do people report it?
Christi January 11, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Janice, we called the main number for the city hall and they directed us to the right person. I can't remember the dept. I have only been able to reach anyone by the main number, any email I try gets kicked back. Sorry I couldn't help more.
Pickles January 12, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Yea! About time. Please keep it up.
J Carabine January 12, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I took my truck in yesterday by Auto Centre Drive in lake Elsinore and noticed a lot of graffiti under that bridge, appears people are living under it. SO much debris around. Might be another area they want to clean?
Ken Mayes January 12, 2012 at 06:30 PM
As for graffiti on private property, if a particular property is targeted on a continual basis the city can get the permission of the property owner to go in and remove it. Why should a property owner be required to continually clean up a mess not created by them, I can see if it happens only on the rare occasion, but some places it happens continually.
Diana January 12, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I agree with you Ken, my fence on the outskirts, lower part of my property is always being tagged. A perfect example of property destruction by taggers is the Menace Motorcycle building on Grand, it is tagged over and over and over again to the point of getting on the roof to tag the upper part of the building. I did report this to the county and they removed some of it, but this building is in the City limits. As said, a great place for the City to place one of those cameras that they purchased a while back to catch taggers in heavy tagged area, this building would be the prime spot.
Barbara Dye January 15, 2012 at 06:17 PM
The County of Riverside has a graffitti abatement program. It is called Graffitti Busters the phone number is 951-955-3333. They match the paint color!!!!
Barbara Dye January 16, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Diana. Menace Motorcycle is in the county not the city.

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