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City welcomes Jakes Way with a good scrub-down

Increased patrols for graffiti planned for newly annexed area

Posted: September 12, 2012 6:16 p.m.
Updated: September 12, 2012 6:16 p.m.

City of Santa Clarita Graffiti Removal team members Andrew Thompson, front, and Brandon Du paint the wall on Sandy Drive in Canyon Country on Wednesday.

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Santa Clarita welcomed one of its new communities this week with power washers and elbow grease. City staff Wednesday wrapped up a two-day graffiti-removal effort in Jakes Way.

“We began two phases to bring Jakes Way up to the high standard that the city of Santa Clarita has,” said Justin Cummings, graffiti-removal coordinator for the city.

“We pressure-washed the north and south side of Sandy Drive from Sierra Highway to Jakes Way,” he said. “We just annexed the area (Tuesday).”

The two-day effort saw workers remove more than 100 pieces of graffiti and “patch-work paintings” and cover up paint jobs that may not have matched the original color, according to Gail Ortiz, city spokeswoman. City officials also pressure-washed more than a quarter-mile of sidewalk.

“Before we annexed the area, we went out to see what needs there were in the Jakes Way area,” Ortiz said.

“We’re going to continue and monitor it and clean it as we get reports.”

The two-day effort that started Tuesday was the first step, according to Ortiz. There are a few other cosmetic upgrades that will happen in the coming weeks, such as changing out street signs and repainting lane lines where they need to be made clearer.

Two other eastside communities officially entered Santa Clarita on Tuesday: Fair Oaks Ranch, including the city-owned East Walker Ranch, and the area near Sand Canyon designated Vista Canyon. The annexations together amount to nearly four square miles and 15,000 residents. Other areas of the Santa Clarita Valley are due to be annexed by December.

In Jakes Way, the city’s graffiti-removal team — an effort between city staff, the Sheriff’s Department and the William S. Hart Union High School District — will continue to patrol for defaced property in the area.

Residents’ help is appreciated, Cummings said, referring them to the city’s graffiti-removal hotline at 661-252-5326.
“We’ve assessed the situation; what we’re doing now is active patrolling for new graffiti,” Cummings said. “But it’s quite a bit more helpful if residents can call it in.”

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