It seems taggers have taken over the former site of Altmans Winnebago Inc. in Baldwin Park. The Caltrans-owned property that fronts the 10 Freeway has become an eyesore, according to city officials, as a myriad of graffiti lines the building’s walls.
City officials are in contact with Caltrans to clean up the site. Caltrans spokeswoman Judy Gish told me today they plan on meeting with contractors tomorrow for graffiti removal. But she warned: “Within a very short time of the clean-up, the graffiti will be back.”
It seems graffiti removal is costly and timely, and Caltrans simply doesn’t have the resources to continously clean up the site everytime a tagger gets his spray paint can on it.
The city monitors the site regularly to make sure all gates and fences are secure, but they can’t do anything more —– it’s not their property.
“It is a priority (for us),” Mayor Manuel Lozano said. “Unfortunately, it’s probably been a little more slow-paced because the property does belong to Caltrans.”