MARTINEZ -- Vandals caused so much damage at the Mt. View Improvement Association Community Clubhouse that it has been temporarily closed.
Members, friends and neighbors are working to clean up gallons of light green and yellow paint splashed all over the inside of the building, fixtures ripped from the walls, and severe water damage.
"We are devastated that anyone from this community could attempt to destroy over 100 years of an organization's service to this community," said association president Cheryll Grover.
The Martinez Women's Club, Rhodia Advisory group, 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center Auxiliary and the Church of God are among local organizations that rent or use the association Clubhouse on Palm Avenue.
There were two serious break-ins at the end of March. The first, when vandals turned on water faucets in the unoccupied building, and the second which resulted in extensive damage.
Martinez police discovered some evidence, including particles of marijuana at the crime scene and took photos, according to Grover.
Police Capt. Eric Ghisletta said the department is following up and will be alert for any further activity at the site.
Grover said the association is in a rush to make repairs, even though it may not be covered by insurance.
"We have committed to an event that really can't be canceled," Grover said.
Within a week, the kitchen subfloor must be dried, a new floor installed, cleaning finished and some fixtures and blinds replaced.
"The bathroom floors did not come completely clean, but we may have to do that later," Grover noted. "Right now, we are installing a new alarm system with cameras and plan to secure the fences."
On behalf of the Mt. View Homeowners Association, Grover is asking anyone who may have information about the vandalism to contact Martinez police, or to help with repairs and cleanup by calling 925-383-4743.
" Mt. View was originally built for residents and families of Shell Oil. These people were community-minded ..." Grover said. "Mt. View residents built their own fire department, Little League fields, the clubhouse and a park."
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