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Manteca encouraging gang graffiti art along Moffat

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POSTED August 2, 2017 1:01 a.m.

10.08.120 Removal of vehicles authorized when.
Any regularly employed and salaried officer of the police department of this city may remove or cause to be removed:
A.    Any vehicle that has been parked or left standing upon a street or highway for seventy-two or more consecutive hours;

Those three lines are from the Manteca Municipal Code and is supposedly the law of the city.
So why isn’t the municipal ordinance section enforced pro-actively?
Snitch on a neighbor and we know the city will respond. But if there is an obvious infraction that distracts from Manteca’s ambiance, blight in the making, and is a potential safety issue on one of Manteca’s heavier traveled streets you’d think the city might just step up its game a bit and not rely on a complaint driven operating model.
Since at least July 19, an unattached semi-trailer has been left on Moffat Boulevard near Manteca High. It was still there on July 31 but now it is being tagged with graffiti.
This is near where a high school cross country runner over a year ago was struck while crossing Moffat Boulevard. The semi-trailer does pose a visual issue for someone crossing Moffat heading north at Sherman Avenue. One would think a visibility issue, if nothing else, would prompt someone toiling on the city payroll to be proactive instead of waiting for someone to point out the obvious
Let’s recap what is at stake here. Since 2005, the City of Manteca has sunk more than $14 million into upgrading the Moffat Boulevard corridor from building the transit station and the Manteca Veterans Center to doing major pavement work that included putting in storm drains, sidewalks, curbs, and gutter. Manteca Unified is working on a plan to remake Manteca High and potentially make Moffat Boulevard the front of the campus to improve security and ease traffic issues on Yosemite Avenue. The city also wants to reduce blight. Nothing says invest and/or live in central Manteca as well as a semi-trailer left on a public street for 12 days and counting that is serving as a canvas for gang taggers and graffiti vandals.
Look at nearby cities such as Lathrop and see how much effort they put into code enforcement. They don’t simply enforce laws designed to reduce community blight and avoid encouraging crime to take hold and fester on a snitch only basis. They are pro-active.
Forgot the broken window theory that contends that is how the seeds of crime and blight are planted. Manteca has graduated to the abandoned semi-trailer theory to work toward undermining a $14 million investment along the Moffat Boulevard corridor.
If Manteca’s elected leaders really want to make the city a more appealing place to do business, they might want to try stepping up code enforcement.

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