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Vandals tag the iconic Ocean Beach welcome sign

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OCEAN BEACH (CBS 8) - Ocean Beach residents are outraged after vandals tagged their iconic welcome sign.

The sign was just replaced a year ago, and now, they are left to try and clean up the damage.

On Tuesday, some paint was still visible on the iconic Ocean Beach sign.

The old sign was replaced after termites ate it away.

The Ocean Beach Town Council president and friends made some headway Tuesday cleaning it up to welcome everyone to the neighborhood. Volunteers helped scrub away the spray paint.

"Completely disrespectful and juvenile," said Ocean Beach Council President, Gretchen Newsom.

Kris Newsom's wife, Gretchen, is the Ocean Beach Council President, and they took it upon themselves to buy graffiti remover and scrub the sign.

"This is a travesty. It hurts internally to Ocean Beach, and we don't want to see this happen anymore," said Gretchen.

The sign was tagged overnight Sunday into Monday morning.

"It's disgusting. Why would you do that? It's not art," said Ocean Beach resident John Howard.

Joe Stewart, another Ocean Beach resident, almost ran off the volunteers who were cleaning up the sign because he thought it was the vandals.

"It's a beautiful place. Anyone that wants to come and mess with my home, I'll have a word with them," he said.

What really irks volunteers is that they worked really hard to get a county and city grant for the sign, and now, it's getting vandalized.

"The whole community is looking for this person to make sure this person is apprehended and prosecuted," said Gretchen.

The Ocean Beach Town Council plans to paint the letters tomorrow.

Anyone caught vandalizing public property can face up to a $1,000 fine.

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