Jeff Olson, the Mad Chalker | San Diego Reader
To summarize: A man buys sidewalk chalk and expresses his opinions on the sidewalk in front of a BofA. He is arrested for graffiti and charged with 13 counts of vandalism.
He opted to go to court. He was acquitted on all 13 charges.Weeks before the trial was set to begin, Goldsmith offered Olson a plea deal. Goldsmith would drop the case if Olson agreed to give $6000 to Bank of America, give up his license, waive his Fourth Amendment right, and serve three years? probation.
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In CA, you can lose your license for up to two years for a conviction of vandalism.
V C Section 13202.6 Driving Privilege Suspension Vandalism
1. Do you think sidewalk chalk is vandalism or freedom of speech.
2. Should a conviction of vandalism result in loss of driving privileges for 2 years?
I have a hard time seeing sidewalk chalk as graffiti (and I HATE graffiti, it is one of my biggest pet peeves)
I can see vandalism being tied to loss of driving privileges, governments need to have crime deterrents and the jails are overflowing
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
Sidewalk chalk is free speech, and I love the artwork people all over the city do with chalk on sidewalks & buildings. If a business doesn't like it, hose it off, and if you do like something, grab one last look at it before the fog rolls in. But I do agree with losing your driving privileges as a consequence of *real* graffiti and vandalism, which by definition are permanent unauthorized alterations of a private or public space. I'm not sure it works as a deterrent, judging by how much graffiti I see, but it's certainly a reasonable punishment IMHO.
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1. Sidewalk chalk is not graffiti. To me, graffiti is something that maybe be permanent or would require a LOT of work to remove and can also damage property. While this is technically graffiti I think it's going over the top with his charges. Sidewalk chalk washes away with rain, a hose, a cup of water etc.
2. The punishment for graffiti is okay by me.
Mom to Elizabeth (5) and Corinne (3)
I remember in university the student union giving out sidewalk chalk for us to use to protest tuition hikes. Since sidewalk chalk washes off I have no issues with it.
Curious: are kids that use sidewalk chalk making games etc actually making graffiti? IMO they aren't so why would an adult.
Sean (38 )
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Bailey (April 2, 2011)
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The maximum penalty for graffiti by chalk should be washing it off.
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