IS THE CITY OF HOUSTON GOING TOO FAR WITH THE GRAFFITI ORDINANCE!

VICTIMIZED BUSINESSES COULD SOON FACE SANCTIONS FOR VANDALISM!

The city of Houston is moving forward with an ordinance that tackles the growing graffiti problem. The Public Safety committee headed by Adrian Garcia took up the issue at city hall Monday. The new tougher ordinance could charge someone with a felony in some cases if they’re convicted of being an illegal painter. The ordinance also gives the victims – local businesses – 10 days to remove graffiti from their building or they could face a penalty. Council member Garcia says this is a way to get the attention of businesses that ignore the vandalism on their buildings. There’s also another aspect that seemed to bother some council members. If a person for example is seen with a book bag of what is perceived as graffiti art supplies within 100 feet of graffiti on a bridge or other entity that person can be stopped and questioned by cops. That suspect could also be given a warning for suspicion of defacing a building or structure. The ordinance addressing the city’s million dollar graffiti problem could be up for a vote as early as Wednesday. Do you have any problems with the new ordinance or is it time Houston gets tough on violators? The Insite wants to hear from you…