Cars, Homes Tagged with Racial Graffiti

??????????EUGENE, Ore. — More than a dozen people woke up to find their cars and homes tagged with racial graffiti Wednesday morning in Eugene.

Police say it happened overnight in the Barger area in the neighborhoods of Hilton and Nebraska southeast of Royal and Beltline.

Police say this is one of the least graphic photos. They say residents found racial slurs, profanities, and other graphic content, spray-painted on vehicles and homes.

The city of Eugene investigates all reports of hate, bias, harassment, and violence, saying the crimes have no place in our community.

City Prepares to Take Down Graffiti

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The city of Springfield is preparing for a graffiti cleanup Tuesday on the EWEB Bike Path.8-4 graffiti
Two neighbors who live near the path are not only fed up with the graffiti but say this is a growing problem in the city of Springfield.
“This is our home, and our home doesn’t look good with it being all spray painted up,” said Janna Reischke, Springfield resident.
The two have lived next to the EWEB Bike Path for years and say the spray painted mess has got to stop.
“People don’t have the right to just put their stuff on my fence,” said Phyl Mendoza, Springfield resident.
But the city of Springfield is making its own mark.
“We’ll kind of put some markers down on the path so that when the crews come through they can effectively and efficiently as possible just go ahead and paint out the pieces of property that are willing to be involved,” said Courtney Griesel, Senior Management Analyst.
On Tuesday the city of Springfield along with volunteers will clean up fences along the path.
“Once you start taking care of small things you start mowing your grass you start taking care of broken fences, it all is related,” said Griesel.
Monday Griesel was out marking a number of spots where the volunteer crews will paint over Tuesday, with three natural colors to match the wood to help beautify the neighborhood.
“What’s interesting about this project is we’re working with the home owners and getting an area that we typically don’t have access to,” said Niel Laudati, city of Springfield spokesman.
“it just doesn’t make sense to me that somebody feels that they have the right to put their garbage on my fence,” said Mendoza.
The city of Springfield says property values also go down with graffiti.
The cleanup begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Teams will begin at Pioneer Parkway and move east along the path.
Volunteers will receive a coupon to Sherwin Williams and passes to Willamalane’s Splash.

Graffiti – A Photo Essay


Our shops are filled with art, our streets are filled with talented, undiscovered artists.  On my travels around Eugene, I discovered the many different forms of art known and labeled as Graffiti. A brick wall, a door, an overpass, a wooden fence, boxcars, any place they can find to leave their mark.  It is illegal and we cover it up.

I wanted to show the other side of Graffiti.  Some is quite beautiful in my opinion. Why do they do it?  Why do any of us do anything? To express ourselves.  Does graffiti mean vandalism, or does it mean self expression?  Is it all related to gangs?  No. Does payment for or a group of children painting the side of a brick building constitute the difference between graffiti or a mural?  If you can read it and understand it, does it make it okay?

Graffiti:  A writing that has been scribbled, scratched or sprayed.  Graffiti dates back to ancient Egypt, Greece and the Roman Empire.  It is an art form, it is not new and it is not going to stop any time soon. In researching this project, I discovered there are many famous Graffiti artists.  Banksy for example;  he is known world wide for his political messages and is well respected, yet his identity is greatly protected.

I wrote to him to see (you never know unless you ask) if he would give me a little insight to his art.  What does it mean to be him and how in the world does he get a shopping cart painted on the side of a high rise building without anyone noticing.

“Hi Sandy,  Thanks for taking the time to write to Banksy, who is currently too busy doing charity work/helping the sick to reply in person.  (he then directs me to Banksy’s website)  Good Luck.  Regards and good wishes.”  Dean  PCO.

What is the answer to graffiti? I don’t think there is one to be honest.  There are boards to legally paint on by Skinners Butte.  I stopped by and found a young man getting ready to “paint” but when he saw me, he started to pack his bag.  I told him it was okay, he didn’t have to leave.  This was his territory not mine.  He declined to speak with me.

“Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked.  Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases.  Where standing at a bus stop was never boring.  A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business.  Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall – it’s wet.”  ― BanksyWall and Piece

Take a moment to notice the “graffiti” in our ever changing scenery.

All images coyright Sandy Harris/all rights reserved.

December 7 – Morning Headlines

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Tim Chuey Weather:

Fog, freezing fog, and frost when will it end? It looks like we will at the least see clouds and temperatures a bit warmer with a slight chance of showers over the weekend.

High: 43
Low: 25
Rain: fog


A high pressure ridge (“Arch” shape on the jet stream) is keeping us cold with some sunshine, as long as the fog clears. So, for the rest of the work week we’ll see at least some sunshine after the late night and early AM fog and/or freezing fog clear out. That also means that our air quality is suffering with the sinking air of high pressure holding on to the pollutants at the surface. The ridge will slide over then past us allowing more clouds and maybe a chance of precipitation returning next weekend as a cold front moves in from the northwest.

Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: Mostly cloudy with areas of dense (0.25 mi. visibility or less possible) fog this AM, mostly cloudy with patchy lingering fog this afternoon, mostly cloudy with areas of fog and freezing again late tonight and Thursday AM, a mix of clouds and sun with some lingering fog in the afternoon, partly cloudy in the evening, mostly cloudy with areas of fog and patchy freezing fog late Thursday night and Friday AM, a mix of clouds and sun in the afternoon, then mostly cloudy Friday night highs 40-43 lows 32-25 then warming to 29 Friday night. Mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Saturday through Sunday, mostly cloudy Sunday night, a mix of clouds and sun Monday, mostly cloudy Monday night, then a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Tuesday highs 45-50 cooling to 44 Tuesday lows 30-32. (seasonal averages high 46 low 34)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather:

May 11 – Morning Headlines


Here are our local headlines:

Tim Chuey: A mix of clouds and sun this AM, becoming mostly cloudy with a good (50%) chance of rain in the afternoon (0.25 in. of rain possible), evening rain likely (60%), a good (50%) chance of showers late tonight (0.10 in. of rain possible).

City may acquire trail link
The Ridgeline Trail, considered a crown jewel among Eugene parks, is expected to grow more lustrous. With financial help from other public agencies, the city of Eugene later this year is set to buy 193 acres of open space in the south hills to expand the Ridgeline Trail network.

Lawmakers seek memorial highway
Lane County legislators are hoping to fast-track a proposal to designate a stretch of local state-owned highway for fallen Eugene police officer Chris Kilcullen, who died in the line of duty from a gunshot wound on April 22.

Ron Paul graffiti gone, then reappears
It’s big, it’s bold and it’s back. It reads, “Ron Paul 2012.” And, state Department of Transportation spokesman Rick Little said the “darn” graffiti is an unwelcome addition to the 16-foot-high sound wall that runs along the west side of Interstate 5 between Harlow and Willakenzie roads.

County plans public works service center that’s green
Lane County government’s next new building also will be its greenest, environmentally speaking. The county plans to break ground in June on a $5.2 million public works customer service center in north Eugene. The building will consolidate parks and other services.

Inquiry clears officer in incident with teen
Eugene Police Chief Pete Kerns has found that an off-duty police detective caught on video briefly tussling with a Churchill High School student during an off-campus altercation behaved appropriately. Kerns reviewed a Eugene police investigation before ruling that Detective Randy Berger acted within his authority when, while off duty last Dec. 13, he confronted the teenager and four of his friends after seeing them trespassing in a neighborhood where Berger owns property southeast of the Churchill campus.

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