by Photo courtesy of San Diego County

The County of San Diego is offering to remove unwanted graffiti free of charge for property owners in unincorporated areas. 

The graffiti removal initiative was approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in January. This new program is a part of a beautification initiative that does not place financial burdens on property owners. 

The county conducted its first graffiti abatement project last week when contractors removed extensive graffiti damage from the side of a building along Campo Rd in Spring Valley.

According to the county, nearly 90% of graffiti cases are reported in areas of the region where residents often struggle to pay the removal cost.

Under this new program, residents in the unincorporated area can schedule the graffiti removal through the County, and a contractor will remove the unwanted graffiti free of charge. The previous policy required the property owner to pay graffiti removal costs. 

There are several ways property owners can report a graffiti issue. Property owners can download the Tell Us Now App from the Google Play Store or Apple Store, call the 24/7 hotline at (858) 694-2705, email, or report the issue in person at the County Operations Center – 5510 Overland Ave., Suite 300. 

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