A swastika constructed in the front yard of an El Sobrante home is partially covered on June 13, 2019.

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Petition Demands Homeowner Remove Swastika From Yard

Carrie Hodousek
June 14, 2019 - 6:42 am

EL SOBRANTE — Neighbors appalled by a homeowner who built a giant concrete swastika in his front yard have started a petition urging him to remove it. 

The call to remove the Nazi symbol from Steven Johnson's Lindell Drive property quickly generated more than 5,000 signatures as of Thursday afternoon.

"The presence of a swastika in our community makes many people feel unsafe to live in a community that tolerates visible expressions of hate and bigotry," the petition from Not In Our Town El Sobrante reads. 

Johnson was unaware of the petition, but said he does not plan to get rid of it.

"I just thought it was a cool design to park my cars on," he told KCBS Radio.

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The swastika is now covered in blankets as a way to deter people from his yard.

"I just don't want the attention," Johnson said.

In recent weeks, neighbors have egged Johnson's trucks in hopes of getting him to remove the symbol.

Johnson said the intention of building the design for his driveway was not meant to represent any particular group.

"I'm not putting it on there trying to be a Nazi," he said. "The old American Indians had that for longevity and tranquility. I just thought it would be a cool accent for the yard."

One sign on Lindell Drive read "Not In Our Town: Respect For All."

The Not In Our Town El Sobrante group has a rally scheduled for Thursday, June 20 from 4-6 p.m. at the corner of San Pablo Dam Road and Appian Way in El Sobrante.