Saturday, February 21, 2009

Chalk another one up for the C4LSM

Detractors tag graffiti ordinance as another step toward ‘police state’
Managing Editor
Grappling again with questions about the limits of its own authority, the San Marcos city council on Tuesday tabled a graffiti ordinance that allows police officers to issue citations to people caught with permanent markers and spray paint under what they determine to be suspicious circumstances.
Speaking in opposition at the meeting’s start, once-and-future mayor candidate Dan McCarthy, a Texas State University student, said, “If there’s no graffiti, then there’s no crime. It’s beginning to look a lot like a police state in San Marcos.” (Yet, it should be noted, the ordinance is hardly radical relative to other Texas cities. Williams pointed out that it was taken word-for-word from other municipality’s codes.)...

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