It’s hard to believe this City Council has even read the section of Chapter 17 and Bill 12-32 regarding Graffiti.
Under this section, the big hand of government is telling teenagers that they cannot purchase longtime, standard craft materials. If a student is found purchasing anything that can make “a visible mark on any natural or man-made surface,” they will be subject to penalties that will make any parent cringe, starting with a $200 – $500 fine.
And it gets better.
If any store is found selling those craft materials to our young adult children, the owner will be fined. In this economy, that’s hardly going to help ease the screening process for employment. Cashiers may need experience as armed guards for the crayon section.
You think we’re kidding?
In addition, all stores are required to put up a sign that blasts the intelligence of the entire population and should insult every parent in town:
“WARNING: IT IS ILLEGAL TO SELL OR DISTRIBUTE AEROSOL PAINT, PAINT STICKS, OR BROAD-TIPPED MARKERS TO ANY PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS OF AGE OR FOR ANY PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS OF AGE TO POSSESS OR ATTEMPT TO PURCHASE THE SAME. IF YOU ARE OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE IT IS ILLEGAL FOR YOU TO PURCHASE AEROSOL PAINT, PAINT STICKS, OR BROAD TIPPED MARKERS FOR A PERSON UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE IF YOU ARE NOT SUCH PERSON’S PARENT, GUARDIAN, SCHOOL TEACHER, OR ART OR CRAFT INSTRUCTOR.”
So, now that they’ve smacked every parent with the charge that all of our kids have been raised to be wandering thugs and criminals…
All stores are required to lock up those dangerous paint sticks, broad tipped markers and paint. Yet another unnecessary hassle for small businesses in a dragging economy.
We always save the best for last.
Forced labor. Yes, you read that right. Otherwise known as involuntary servitude.
Under this section it lays out the case that YOU, the property owner, are responsible if anyone damages your property with graffiti. Did they destroy your fence or the side of your house? If so, you have 10 days to clean or replace YOUR fence. Or that side of YOUR house.
Better not waste any time. Newark’s penalty clock is ticking.
302.9.2 Property Owner Responsibility: It shall be the responsibility of the owner of the property damaged by graffiti to restore said surface to an approved state of maintenance and repair, including the removal of graffiti.
302.9.3 Notice: Notice shall be as specified in this chapter. Notice to remove graffiti shall specify that is it unlawful for the owner or anyone who has primary responsibility for control of the property, or for maintenance or repair of the property, to permit property that is defaced with graffiti to remain defaced beyond a period of 10 days after service of notice as specified in this chapter.
302.9.6 Failure to Remove. A property owner who fails to remove the graffiti as specified herein shall be subject to the penalties set forth in this chapter.
302.9.7 City Removal: In the event graffiti is not removed or otherwise eliminated or abated by the date specified in the notice, the city, or a contractor hired by the city, shall enter upon the parcel and remove or abate such graffiti. If the city has conducted the removal or abatement of graffiti in accordance with this subsection, the actual cost of the removal, plus 50 percent in city overhead, plus accrued interest…shall be charged to the owner, or his or her agent, as a special tax bill by the city, and such charge shall be due and payable by the owner within six months of such tax bill. If the full amount due is not paid by the owner within the time required, the building official shall cause the special tax bill to be recorded…a lien on the property and shall remain in full force and effect for the amount due in principal and interest until final payment has been made
After 10 days, the city does it with their own contractors and you pay whatever price their contractors want, plus a 50% surcharge for “city overhead,” plus accrued interest.
If you don’t clean the graffiti yourself (probably because you can’t afford it), and you refuse to pay the city (probably because you REALLY can’t afford it), there will be a lien on your house until you pay up.
And the actual fine of $200 – $500 applies here, too. But don’t worry, if you can’t pay that, just serve some time on the chain gang:
(a) Community service. In lieu of, or as part of, the penalties specified in this section, an adult may be required to perform community service as prescribed by the court based on the following minimum requirements:
- The individual shall perform a minimum of 30 hours of community service.
2.The entire period of community service shall be assigned by and performed under the supervision of a representative of the police department designated by the Chief of Police of the City of Newark.
3.Reasonable effort shall be made to assign the individual to a type of community service that is reasonably expected to have the most rehabilitative effect on such person, including community service that involves graffiti removal.”
Did you catch that last part about “rehabilitative”? If you can’t afford to pay a fine for a crime you didn’t commit (on your own property!), they consider you in need of rehabilitation.
Government Gone Wild.
This is a bi-product of our City Council imposing International Code on citizens of the United States, which were meant to be sovereign. International codes bring international values, attitudes, and problems. Remember, the overwhelming majority of countries in this world are dictatorships.
The Newark Council is ushering in similar despotic attitudes and practices.
To call them right away and ask them if they share these despotic attitudes with the rest of the world’s dictators, CLICK HERE.