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City recognizes graffiti warrior Keith Kesler with the title of Honorary Graffiti Removal Ambassador

By DIANNE RUSSELL

On Tuesday, the City Council honored Keith Kesler for his tireless work fighting graffiti throughout the town. In his short, but productive career in this field, Kesler has taken down over 1,500 tags on local public property. This teacher in the Communications Department at California State University at Fullerton, husband, and father of five, became a graffiti-fighter just over a year ago.

“I had to do something about it,” he says. “I started seeing the stuff everywhere, so I got some Goof Off spray, then took pictures and sent them to the City.” 

And, evidently, his work never ceases. The day of the Council meeting, Kesler erased more of the infamous Feral’s work.

City recognizes presentation

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Photo by Dianne Russell

(L-R) Dale Shuck, Keith Kesler, Wayne Chintala

During the City Council Meeting, Maintenance Supervisor of Public Works, Wayne Chintala, and Deputy Director of Public Works, Dale Shuck, commemorated the occasion with gifts. Shuck presented Kesler with a City Worker hat and a T-Shirt naming him (in a newly created position) the Honorary Graffiti Removal Ambassador. Chintala gave Kesler a bucket containing more supplies to complete his tasks.

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Photo by Shirlyn Kesler

Ready to continue his war against graffiti, Kesler dons his official gear

Until June, he waged an unknown battle against tagging, however, with this recognition by the City, he officially has been honored twice. On June 21 at The Laguna Beach Beautification Council (LBBC) Awards, Kesler was presented with the “Harry Lawrence Award” for his selfless work on graffiti removal throughout Laguna Beach.

“I’ve hated graffiti for years,” says Kesler, a 30-year Laguna resident, who lives in Bluebird Canyon. One day while on a route he frequents, either walking his dog or exercising (north to Heisler Park or south to Aliso Creek), he decided to take action.

And Laguna is certainly glad he did.