Mariachi Music and Park Use; Brawley Studies the Police Situation

(Steve Larson is under the weather this week. His column will return when he is feeling better. This column was written for the May 8, 2008 edition of the Weekly-Chronicle).
THIS YEAR’S MARIACHI FESTIVAL, the 17th Annual version, starts Monday with some fun in the sun.
A full schedule of events appears in this issue. It’s a good example of how the organizations of any particular city can work together to create a pageant that fits right in with the local flavor of an area.
W e hope you get a chance to take in the Festival or some of its preliminary events. They’re always festive, as they should be. This year they are working with the State of Jalisco from Mexico to bring you even mor e culture.
That includes the works of artisans at the Calexico Art sand Cultural Center located at the De Anza Hotel. the city has been making good us e of this facility. this tie-in with the Mariachi Festival is an ideal use. You can even buy some of the works on display.
ONE THING THAT DOESN’T GET enough use in Calexico, however, is the stage at Crummett Park. it was constructed to allow for a venue to have live concerts and bring entertainment to the city on a regular basis.
Every year about this time, someone brings up the subject, but every year the idea dies as quickly as the Mariachi concert ends.
Maybe one of these days it will be put to mor e use. It has a lot of potential that shouldn’t go unwasted except for one performance a year.
A good music promoter could make some money and bring more activities to the city with just a little effort. Maybe the city could fund such an endeavor and pocket any profit. It’s worth looking into. Or perhaps they could locate a promoter who would work with them.
With all the musical groups that pass through here, it doesn’t appear on the surface to be a hard job to get some of them to stop.
BRAWLEY HAS MADE GOOD USE of its Cattle Call Arena in recent years. It uses it for more than just a rodeo two days a year and it is paying off with a venue for more city activities.
Calexico could do the same.
SPEAKING OF BRAWLEY, it now has a Police Commission. This body is to look into police matters and we hope it will do that. The commission toured the facilities to note some of the deterioration  that has taken place with age. We think they will make some good recommendations to the City Council.
We’re in favor of more cops and more public safety. We hope this will be the case. Too often these committees get bogged down in bureaucracy to be effective. If the city council uses them properly, they can be a tool for effective change. if not, well, they will provide a scapegoat if anything goes wrong.
CALEXICO’S CANDIDATE’S FORUM was lightly attended once again, proving that people think candidates should talk about the issues, but they don’t necessarily want to show up and listen.
For a city council election, that means that popularity is the key to winning. Get you name out in front of the public as often as possible in as many places as possible and you might have a shot at unseating an incumbent.
People who go into politics at this level are making a first time attempt at public office so the workings of getting elected are probably new to them. We know the essential ingredient is still money. If you are running for president or running for city council, the amount of money you expend is directly related to the likelihood of you being elected.
In a popularity contest, name recognition is the major key to victory. So, candidates, get that name out there!
Peace.

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