Students help County combat graffiti in watershed channel

OXNARD, Calif. – The County of Ventura and City of Oxnard Police Department teamed up with California State University Channel Islands, Gold Coast Transit and private citizen Marvin Boos, to mobilize a massive graffiti abatement event to beautify a watershed channel in Oxnard.

The event was held on August 26. A volunteer corps comprised of 40 students from Cal State Channel Island’s Student Service Summit program, led by Boos – a longtime volunteer who specializes in graffiti removal – assembled at the Rice Road drain, an area plagued by graffiti. The Central Service Department’s Health and Safety Division of the Public Works Agency provided safety training to the volunteers prior to the event, and the Watershed Protection District provided paint and other materials for the job. The Oxnard Police Department assisted with the paint supply set-up. Additionally, Gold Coast Transit donated two buses to shuttle volunteers and event staff to and from the community service site.

The event was coordinated by County of Ventura Supervisor John C. Zaragoza and Cal State Channel Island’s Police Department, which was looking for a community service project for incoming first-year and transfer students.

“Great things happen when community members, businesses and government come together to accomplish a shared goal of preserving the beautification of our beloved community,” said Supervisor Zaragoza. “We are inspired by the work of our young adult volunteers and their commitment to civic service.”

Graffiti abatement in Ventura County watersheds is accomplished primarily through community volunteer efforts.

“Thank you to the students of Cal State Channel Islands for their efforts in improving our community,” said Karl Novak, Deputy Director for the Watershed Protection District. “We are grateful to the volunteer groups who help us maintain and protect our watershed channels which benefit us all.”

For more information about volunteering with the Public Works Agency graffiti removal program, contact Safety Manager Phil Raba, at 805.650.4074, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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