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More racist graffiti found
in Northwest Pasadena

Brian Charles, Staff Writer

PASADENA – Vandals struck again in Northwest
Pasadena, leaving racist graffiti on a curb
planter outside a fast food restaurant in the
2000 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue in
Pasadena, according to Pasadena Police Chief
Phillip Sanchez.

The incident marked the second time in the past
two weeks vandals have scrawled racist
messages on property in Northwest Pasadena.
This time the target was Latinos.

Vandals used a black marker to inscribe “profane
language directed at Latinos,” according to a
statement issued late Sunday by Sanchez.

On Aug. 8, residents in and around Kings Village
woke up to racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic
graffiti in their neighborhood.

Pasadena Police have launched investigations

both incidents, officials said.

With the two incidents coming so close together
community leaders are worried about rising
tensions and the potential for violence.

“These types of things escalate,” said Joe Brown,
Pasadena-branch NAACP president. “Someone
tags in one neighborhood and someone comes
back and tags in someone else’s neighborhood,
then young people start to protect their
neighborhood and things eventually escalate to
pistol play.”

Randy Ertll, executive director of El Centro De
Accion Social, a Latino civic organization, shared
Brown’s concerns that the graffiti could spark

“A lot of time those actions can lead to even
worse acts,” Ertll said.

He believes the economy might

be driving the frustrations of taggers marking up
Northwest Pasadena with racist graffiti.

“I can see where the economy can lead to these
types of frustrations in the community and push
people over the edge,” Ertll said. “We know racist
attacks are up, especially those against

Brown said community leaders must come
together and begin the healing process.

“We are at the point and we are going to try to
facilitate a conversation with Latino leaders this
week,” Brown said. “This is a serious community
matter. This needs to be dealt with by various
groups in the community and that’s up to – and
including – members of the clergy.”

Both Brown and Ertll said they planned to talk
Monday to craft a strategy for dealing with the

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