Editor, Index-Tribune:

The primary responsibility of the Boys & Girls Club is to ensure the safety of the hundreds of youth and their families that utilize the club’s facility every day.  As such, we are vigilant to potential danger and take proactive steps to mitigate risk that could impact club members.  During the past year, the Boys & Girls Club has reached out to the Sonoma County Regional Parks with a request to not have a beacon memorializing a gang homicide located in Maxwell Park because it attracts a dangerous element in close proximity to the club.  The request was a direct result of the gang assault that occurred after the 2012 vigil, and the subsequent nighttime incident involving a firearm that occurred in Maxwell Park.

Nobody wants to see another gang-related tragedy occur in the community.  We all have a responsibility to do everything we can to prevent that from happening, and every aspect of the Boys & Girls Club is designed to help our youth become productive members of this community, and provide wonderful opportunities for them to do so.

Dave Pier, CEO

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley