More Vandalism At Model Train Site
As many of you already know, around the first of March there was very significant vandalism done to the site of the Orange County Model Engineers facility in Fairview Park. Valuable rails were stolen, part of the infrastructure was destroyed and other damage to the tune of around $9,000.
A call went out for help replacing the damaged items and the public responded in a big way, offering replacement for items stolen and cash. Plans are afoot to install a security system at the site, but that kind of installation takes a little time and a lot of money.
Unfortunately, in the meantime, there has been more damage reported over the past few days. Picnic tables and benches were destroyed and control boxes were damaged. And, what appears to be gang graffiti is now being left.
POSSIBLE GANG INVOLVEMENT
Because of this new possible "gang" element to this equation the OCME is very concerned that their site may become part of a gang turf war, which would cause potential harm to visitors.
CMPD GANG UNIT
The Costa Mesa Police Department, of course, has been notified and will be working on this issue. Sadly, the gang detail is now down to 2 officers from six, when it was especially effective.
In the meantime, if you're in the area at night and see activity please immediately call the police.
As an interesting sidebar, the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee will soon consider possible options for that segment of the park - the Southeast Quadrant. There are some on the committee who seem determined to add playing fields to that section of the park. It will be interesting to see what impact of this vandalism might have on the deliberations of that committee over the next few months.