Vandal catchers deserve praise
May 30, 2013 | 1742 views | 0 0 comments | 574 574 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s hard not to smile when thinking of our current and former city leaders involved in a stakeout to catch local vandals. But that’s exactly what happened this past weekend when Mayor Luis Molina, former City Councilwoman Annette Smith and former Council Candidate Dennis McCord teamed up with volunteers including Teri Davis to catch vandals in act of spraying graffiti.

Kudos should go to all who were involved in this project for some nice police work and for Smith and Molina for coming up with the idea.

Recent graffiti vandalism has cost the city more than $1,000 and has tarnished several local landmarks. These criminals were bold, tagging a message to city workers on a west Patterson fence that proclaimed they had “More paint than U have time.”

But they didn’t take into account the spirit of community volunteerism that has blessed Patterson in so many ways.

Several community members displayed that same spirit of cooperation this weekend following the brief disappearance of 19-year-old Patterson resident Sydni Sherrill.

Though Sherrill was found the day after she disappeared, it was heartening to see local residents display compassion, offering prayers and messages of support for her family on the Irrigator’s Facebook site.

It became readily apparent that many residents would do all they could to help find Sherrill, just as many folks did two and a half years ago when 4-year-old Juliani Cardenas turned up missing.

Such community generosity will continue to be an asset it the coming months as police cope with budget constraints and statewide prison-realignment challenges.

Those involved in catching the vandals this weekend have shown what this community can do with cooperation and hard work.

It’s wonderful to see the lengths that volunteers would go to in order to maintain community pride. Their efforts should serve as an example to us all.

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