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San Jose City Hall Vandalized with Graffiti

Surveillance video shows a group of eight people -- two of them even climbing a wall in City Hall Plaza -- suspected of being responsible for the graffiti.

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    San Jose City Hall has been vandalized by taggers at least two times in the past three weeks. Chuck Coppola reports. (Published Thursday, March 31, 2016)

    San Jose City Hall has been vandalized by taggers at least two times in the past three weeks.

    Surveillance video shows a group of eight people -- two of them even climbing a wall in City Hall Plaza -- suspected of being responsible for the graffiti.

    "It's an authority target. It's anti-authority," San Jose City Councilman Ash Kalra said. "I think it's just kids hanging out."

    The city said it may add more lights, but does not intend to reinstate the security personnel who used to patrol here.

    "Part of the cutbacks includes that we don't have security there and as a result we've been hit," Kalra said.

    A radiator shop nearby on West San Carlos Street has also been repeatedly tagged since its owner opened the business five years ago.

    "They stop when it gets cold, but as soon as it gets warm they tag day by day," said Jesus Arreola, radiator shop owner.

    Arreola said he has painted over graffiti more times than he can remember. Deterrents such as security cameras cost too much, Arreola said.

    "No, this is a small business," he said. "I have no money for that."

    But Kalra thinks the city should help.

    "The city should help him get grants for cameras so he can put them up," Kalra said.

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