Digital Billboards and Free WI-FI Through Downtown Calexico?

By Mario Conde

Downtown Calexico could change dramatically if a proposal to have digital billboards and Free WI-FI goes through.

A presentation was made weeks ago to the Business Improvement District and the Calexico Chamber of commerce by Daniel Chairez who wants to provide digital billboards at downtown Calexico in order to market the area with new technology and attract new customers. These digital billboards will also provide free internet for customers and businesses in downtown.

Looking Ahead at Practical Alternatives to Finance Economic Development

By Mario Conde

While the future of the Redevelopment Agencies is in question, a new legislation has been introduced in Sacramento to give cities another financing option similar to redevelopment.

State Senator Louis Wolk (D-Davis) introduced SB 214 to ensure that municipalities still retain some tools to continue their economic development projects even if the Redevelopment Agencies are phased out. Brown’s budget proposal contains $12.5 billion in cuts and five years of higher taxes as a means to close a projected $25.4 billion deficit.