Mark Frauenfelder at 10:38 am Fri, May 31, 2013
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Matthew says: "A Vallejo man wanted to easily cross the street in front of his house, so he painted his own crosswalk. He was arrested for felony vandalism Thursday morning."
Felony? Even a gang sign should just be a misdemeanor. Felony designation is more inflated than grades at Brown University.
Say what? Brown doesn’t have grades if a student doesn’t want them. Your analogy is as misplaced as a bulldog in New Hampshire.
I Am Providence.
oh my god i lived in prov (& woony, & wakefield, ocean state wuttttt) for awhile & have never seen this. thanks for sharing.
$1000 to repair the ‘damage’? That’s either expensive flat black paint, overpaid painters, or both. I’d like to submit myself for that job. I’ll do it for $900.
i’ll do it for $500!
Is there a dollar amount that would knock this down to a misdemeanor? I think the bidding should start there.
“We heard that our riverfront table pyramids cost $500 each to remove,” the note reads, “yet they only took 4 teens 25 min to assemble sans equipment! Please stop wasting taxpayer dollars.”
where are the felony arrests for the rich assholes who put up false signage about beach access? Oh, right, I answered my own question with that word that came before “assholes”.
At 0:18 she is the only person I have ever heard pronounce ‘short lived’ correctly, with a long i.
We had some shennanigans in this area with some unauthorized speed bumps, but nobody was ever charged with felony vandalism. Way to make the news, Vallejo.
In SF more than a year ago, we had a lane on Oak Street at Divisidero that was guerrilla painted overnight into a “Bikes Only” lane. It lasted a few days, but was largely ignored by cars during the morning commute, because it was not quite official-looking. Now, the City has narrowed all the lanes and created the Bike Only lane for realz.
Around here, a guy was going from town to town, painting the curbs yellow at the corners, and submitting the bill to the town. More often that not, he got paid, with the bureaucracy assuming someone else had ordered it.
thanks! time to get paid.
Felony vandalism for painting in the lines of a crosswalk that legally already exists. Every corner is a crosswalk unless crossing is forbidden. Both the video and Google street view show no signs prohibiting crossing. So a crosswalk legally exists where this guy painted one. So, it’s not like he was painting something to change the rules of the road. Felony vandalism seems a bit extreme considering.
Yeah, there are even handicap ramps in the curb.
Came here to say this. It’s a common misconception (made by car-only, never-walking people) that only striped crosswalks are legal. A crosswalk exists on all sides of the intersection of any two streets, except where one street is an alley. Striped crosswalks are supposed to be reserved for non-corner crossings (midblock, or where the streets don’t meet at right angles) but as part of the escalating war against humans, the cars have started striping every damn crosswalk, or putting blinking lights on them. Now people think the blinking lights and zebra stripes define the crosswalk, but they are wrong (in California).
Marking a crosswalk doesn’t necessarily make it safer, however. In some circumstances it just creates a false sense of security for the pedestrian whether they have the legal right-of-way or no.
If you hit the pedestrian hard enough, he won’t be in the crosswalk any more regardless. Problem solved.
Heck, CalTrans actually saw the utility of Richard Akrom’s guerrilla signage…
Confronting authority is ALWAYS a felony these days.
But painting it makes it more dangerous. There have been studies, it would seem that they are more visible to pedestrians than the sort of people who run over pedestrians, so he made things more dangerous. As has been pointed out, there is a legal cross walk at every intersection in California, paint or no.
The Govt bureaucracy needs to stop playing Jenga against itself.
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