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Clubhouse vandalism spurs offer from Calexico social club to act as watchdog

June 05, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — There is shattered glass piled in front of the door of the Horacio Luna Gun Club.

Plywood covers two of the front windows.

The clubhouse for the shooting range on Anza Road was vandalized last week.

At tonight's City Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem John Renison will bring the vandalism to the council's attention to spur discussion on the Juarez & Lincoln Club's offer to manage the clubhouse and range.

"It's just terrible," Renison said. "I don't know if it is just a part of a citywide rash of vandalism but we need to develop a contingency plan for crime prevention."

Regarding the Juarez & Lincoln Club's offer to manage the clubhouse and range, Renison said, "The recent incident points to the fact we do need someone out there, more eyes and ears."

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He stressed the city needs to make sure there are no liability issues before reaching an agreement with the club.

"We need to be sure we're covered and they're covered," he said.

On Monday, Danny Buelna, president of the J&L Club, inspected the damage. Aside from the broken windows, there was no other visible damage.

Earlier this year, the City Council dedicated the clubhouse in honor of Horacio Luna, who was a member of the Juarez & Lincoln Club.

Buelna went to school with Luna and would like to manage the clubhouse that bears his name.

He said his club, a non-profit social club that sponsors Little League teams and supports various community events, would handle maintenance of the club as unpaid employees of the city.

For instance, if the club had been in charge when the recent vandalism had occurred, it would have made sure the window was fixed and charged the city.

City staffers have full responsibility for the clubhouse, which the Redevelopment Agency built in 2000 for more than $600,000.

The old adobe structure that had been the home of shooting events and social gatherings for generations of Calexicans was condemned and torn down in 1998.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.

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