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VALLEJO, Calif. (KGO) -- A Vallejo man is in jail after taking pedestrian safety into his own hands. He was arrested for painting a crosswalk on Illinois Street at Sonoma Boulevard, right in front of his house.
A sandy swath across Sonoma Boulevard is the ghost of a former crosswalk -- a short-lived and illegal one. Anthony Cardenas, 52, was arrested for felony vandalism Thursday morning.
(Source: ABC News)
The intersection of Sonoma and Illinois has three legal crosswalks, but for some reason not a fourth. Cardenas lives near the corner and it would make his walk across the street easier, but Caltrans calls the shots on crosswalks, because Sonoma Boulevard is also State Route 29.
"Caltrans is responsible for painting the sidewalks and they do surveys from time to time and they decide where there's going to be the crosswalks," said Robinson.
Originally posted by loveguy
I'm curious how he accomplished this without cars and trucks tracking fresh paint everywhere.
Seemingly; two deaths have to occur at an intersection before stop signs are implemented?
Apparently a neighbor spotted Cardenas out in the street painting the lines at 5 a.m. a couple weeks back. According to the Solano County Sheriff's department, city workers also spotted Cardenas improving the neighborhood's walkability rating/committing vandalism and called the cops, who booked him on suspicion of felony vandalism.
Originally posted by terriblyvexed
Lol, I'm a little torn on this one I see your point, but he should have called his local representatives, and made his complaints if that didn't work local news, and papers.
Originally posted by jam321
If I were the DA, I would drop all charges.
If I was a jury, I would find him not guilty.
I think a simple fine would have been sufficient.
594. (a) Every person who maliciously commits any of the following acts with respect to any real or personal property not his or her own, in cases other than those specified by state law, is guilty of vandalism: (1) Defaces with graffiti or other inscribed material. (2) Damages. (3) Destroys. Whenever a person violates this subdivision with respect to real property, vehicles, signs, fixtures, furnishings, or property belonging to any public entity, as defined by Section 811.2 of the Government Code, or the federal government, it shall be a permissive inference that the person neither owned the property nor had the permission of the owner to deface, damage, or destroy the property. (b) (1) If the amount of defacement, damage, or destruction is four hundred dollars ($400) or more, vandalism is punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 or in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or if the amount of defacement, damage, or destruction is ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or more, by a fine of not more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment.
The penalties for California vandalism charges generally depend on the dollar value of the property damage that was done. If the damage is worth four hundred dollars ($400) or more, vandalism is a wobbler . The penalties for vandalism in this case may include a jail sentence of between one (1) and three (3) years...and/or a fine of up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or even more if the damage is very extensive.3 And if the damage is worth less than four hundred dollars ($400), vandalism is still punishable by misdemeanor penalties of up to one (1) year in county jail, and/or a maximum one thousand dollar ($1,000) fine.
Well you have to look at the cost of clean up, repainting the blacktop, and the time and effort. Depending on the courts this cause can be a "wobbler" which can be a felony or misdemeanor. So he could be arrested and charge with a felony but its up to the courts to drop it as a misdemeanor if this is his first offense.