Anti-Wealthy Graffiti Hits Atherton

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    Matt Montagne
    File photo of a residence in Atherton.

    One of America's wealthiest cities is a victim of street crime and blight most urban.

    Graffiti is in Atherton -- and it's aimed squarely in the face of wealth.

    A gang of "vandals" spray painted slogans like "Kill People" and "F--- the 1%" on "perimeter walls, fences, garage doors, a gate and a car" in the neighborhood of Lindenwood, according to the Palo Alto Daily News.

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    They've called the FBI to help, the newspaper reported.

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    "They're [vandals] talking about the 1 percent, that's happening beyond our local reach," a police spokesperson told the newspaper.

    The vandals struck between 6 and 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, the newspaper reported. None of it was caught on video surveillance cameras posted around town.

    The median income in Atherton is $228,393, the newspaper reported. The neighborhood where the graffiti artists struck is where Meg Whitman, the Hewlett-Packard CEO and former candidate for governor, has her home.

    Town manager George Rodericks said that he's not yet sure if the culprit is "an organized group or a couple of teenagers," he told the paper.