Portland graffiti law's success hard to read
Late one night in April, City Commissioner Randy Leonard was leaving the University of Oregon's Portland campus after speaking to an architecture class.
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#1 Jun 16, 2009
What's with the inconsistency with this article and the one found on Randy's blog?
"Sure enough, one kid pulled out a marker and was getting ready to write on a mailbox when Leonard approached the teens."
"The Commissioner got into his car and watched as one of them reached into his backpack, pulled out a can of spray paint and started tagging a mailbox."
Besides, is "getting ready" to tag something illegal. The act of vandalism is, but was "getting ready to tag" what Randy apprehended the kid for, or was it because he actually did a tag? And did the youth use spray paint or markers for his mail box vandalism?
Neither. I happened to have witnessed this whole scene from the other side of the street while it was taking place. Although the kid did graffiti on someone's property, it certainly was not federal property: it was a doorway, not a mailbox.
Get your facts straight Randy Leonard and Phillip Swarts.
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