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West Covina Municipal Code Section 15-105 imposes parental civil liability
for graffiti violations committed by minors under the parent/guardians supervision.
Violations of this Municipal Code Section may cause the responsible party to be
issued an Administrative Citation, which carries a civil penalty. The full language
of the codes are listed at the bottom of this page.
If you wish to dispute an Administrative Citation or wish to request hardship fee
mitigation, please fill out and submit this form. You will receive a response via
email or, if you do not have a email address, via the U.S. Mail.
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: If you wish to contest the review decision, you have 15 days to:
- Deposit the full amount of the penalty fee at
Finance Department, City of West Covina,
3rd Floor, City Hall,
1444 W. Garvey Ave South
West Covina, CA 91790
- Schedule an Administrative Hearing at the Police Station.
Sec. 15-105. - Parental civil liability.
(a) In the case of an individual under the age of eighteen (18) who violates the
provisions of sections 15-100, 15-101(a)(1), and/or 15-102 of this division, the
parent or the legal guardian of said minor shall be notified of the violation and
shall be jointly and severally liable for any administrative fine assessed to said
minor pursuant to section 15-104. Such parent or legal guardian shall be deemed
a "responsible party" for the purposes of article X of this chapter.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), and consistent with Civil Code section 1714.1,
in situations where graffiti is willfully caused by individuals under the age of
eighteen (18), the parent or legal guardian of said minor shall be responsible for
its removal or payment for the cost thereof. The city may recover such costs up
to twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) (or as otherwise determined by law)
in a civil action in addition to any other remedies provided by law