New solution to help combat graffiti

Graffiti is not only an eyesore, it’s also a crime.

Police and community members hold clean-ups, but that doesn’t solve the problem.

Mariquit DeLong’s wall in Village Park is a patchwork of different paint colors, which cover up the graffiti.

“The association paints the whole thing, but then after a week or two days they start writing again,” DeLong said.

Residents in Village Park and Royal Kunia went to their state representative asking for help.

“And I looked at measures in other states and other counties seeing what they’ve done and this is something we came up with,” said Rep. Ty Cullen, (D) Royal Kunia, Village Park, Waipahu.

HB 2391: “Requires all persons offering aerosol spray paint containers for sale to restrict public access to the containers so that access to them cannot be gained without employee assistance. Effective July 1, 2014.”

Cullen says a similar law has helped reduce graffiti in New York, California, Oregon and Florida.

“I don’t think this will put an end to graffiti but it’s a discussion we need to start, it’s a thinking out-of-the-box way of doing it,” Cullen said.

“That’s good, yeah I like that,” DeLong said.

The bill was heard last week by the Consumer Protection and Commerce committee, and it’s scheduled for decision making on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in conference room 325 at the State Capitol.

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