Surveillance video taken on Monday at San Jose City Hall shows a group of about eight people hanging out in the area when two of them climbed the plaza wall.
2 suspected taggers at San Jose City Hall March 23rd.— Matt Keller (@MattKellerABC7) March 31, 2016
City official says small taggings taking place nightly. pic.twitter.com/zvSW0IXOQ1
What's described as "gang-related" graffiti was spotted in several spots, including on the wall where those two people were seen climbing on the surveillance video the night before.
City staff told the Mercury News this happens almost weekly and they're looking into lights. In fact, last Wednesday, two people were caught on another surveillance camera located at the 4th Street alley. City officials aren't sure if they're the same people from this past Monday night. The graffiti has been removed, for the most part.
San Jose City Hall hit w/ "gang related" graffiti overnight. City staff says it happens weekly, looking into lights. pic.twitter.com/DG81Fnl0Mz— Ramona Giwargis (@RamonaGiwargis) March 29, 2016
"It certainly discouraging to see graffiti everywhere and that's why it's so important in partnership with our community that we do everything we can to get the graffiti tags down as quickly as possible, because that's the greatest deterrent to any graffiti coming up again," said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.
Laura Schneider with Bay Cities Lock & Safe added, "I think it's a matter of when it happens to you, all of a sudden now it's personal, and now you have skin in the game, and you want something done about it."
Schneider's locksmith business near downtown is sporting graffiti that someone painted Saturday night.
"We're fenced, and there's barbed wire on the back, so I was very surprised that someone was on the roof," she said. "Very surprised."
San Jose says it cleaned up just over two million square feet of graffiti last year. That's about two-thirds the size of Apple's massive spaceship headquarters under construction in Cupertino.
It's a never-ending battle for radiator shop owner Jesus Areola. New tags appear as fast as he paints them over.
"Usually we paint a minimum eight to 10 times a month," he said.
San Jose police said they were not aware of the graffiti issue at city hall. City officials said they clean up the graffiti the same day it's discovered. And they're really pushing the SanJoseClean app, you can download it to your phone so you can report graffiti in your neighborhood and get it cleaned up quickly.