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RTD AND L.A. RAIDERS' GREG TOWNSEND ENCOURAGE PUBLIC TO 'SACK GRAFFITI' IN SIXTH ANNUAL AD CAMPAIGN

 LOS ANGELES, Nov. 24 ~PRNewswire~ -- The teeth-clenching visage of Los Angeles Raider Defensive Tight End Greg Townsend crashing through a graffiti-covered brick wall soon will appear on RTD buses, posters and billboards throughout Los Angeles County, encouraging the public to help "sack graffiti."
 Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley joined Townsend and RTD officials Nov. 24 on the south lawn of City Hall to symbolically break through a graffiti-covered wall of bricks to focus attention on the chronic graffiti and vandalism that plagues RTD buses and many other areas in Los Angles County.
 The event marked the sixth time in as many years that the Raiders have teamed with RTD to help communicate public service messages on issues ranging from graffiti, vandalism and clean air.
 "I applaud the commitment of the Los Angeles Raiders to help RTD get out some important messages over the years, especially to our young people," Bradley said. "Kids look up to professional athletes to set an example. The Raiders' continued cooperation with RTD shows a real concern, and I thank them."
 RTD spends an estimated $12 million a year to clean graffiti from, and repair vandalism to, RTD buses -- approximately 1.7 percent of the District's $683 million operating budget.
 "We hope that Mr. Townsend's message prompts the public, and especially parents, to remind their children that vandalizing buses and other public property ultimately costs them tax dollars," said RTD Board President Marvin Holen. "We would much rather spend the $12 million on 50 new buses for our riders who are now riding the most crowded buses in the nation."
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