Talk about a missed opportunity.
On Wednesday, Phoenix city leaders gathered for a press conference at City Hall to announce that February is "Graffiti Free Awareness Month," and to pat themselves on the backs for all the great work Phoenix does in combating graffiti.
The media event included City Council members Kate Gallego and Michael Nowakowski. A Phoenix Police Department sergeant and the head of Phoenix's neighborhood services division were present. Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo stopped by to lend his support.
Mayor Stanton was a no-show, but he sent a proclamation, encouraging each resident during the month of February "to do their part to keep our neighborhoods free of blight by reporting graffiti and helping to clean our community."
Interestingly, no one present mentioned that city property had been hit just a couple of days prior with a vicious bit of neo-Nazi vandalism.