County Board Splits Northern Portion of Calexico; City to Have Two Supervisors

By Mario Conde
The County Board of Supervisors approved this past Tuesday the new Supervisorial District lines for the next 10 years.
In a vote 3-2, Supervisors approved plan four that calls for Calexico to be divided for the first time ever. Supervisor District1 John Renison had the biggest changes and his district  will pick-up the Andrade Port-of-Entry. Such a move will consolidate the County’s three ports of entry into one district. District one will now take in  Winterhaven and lose the northeastern portion of Calexico which includes the area of Cole, Bowker, and Turquoise. The north part of Calexico will move into District 5 which is represented by Ray Castillo.
Supervisor Renison went on the record saying that he would oppose splitting Calexico in half and giving the west side of Calexico to district two since most of the people of Calexico  are against splitting the city.
Supervisor Ray Castillo said that Calexico will be the biggest city in the Imperial Valley when the next census comes out  and the area that District 5 will take over from Calexico will see a big housing and commercial boom in the next year.   Renison said that he had no problem with District 5 taking the north portion of Calexico and said it will be beneficial, since there will now be two Supervisors working for Calexico.
Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Romero also asked the County Board not to take away the west side of Calexico since the city needs to be kept as one. Wyatt responded that at the present population  Calexico has, it needs to be divided and because Calexico is growing at such  a fast rate.
After some deliberation from the board, they voted 3-2 to adopt plan four and keep all of Calexico in District 1 and add winter heaven to the district.
The board approved an item from the Sheriff’s department to move forward in the competing process for new jail funding from Assembly bill 900. This bill would allow small counties in California to compete for $33 million dollars to build a new jail. According to Loera, Imperial County has a good chance to get this funding and it’s a viable candidate. Loera mentioned that the County does not have a needs assessment, scope of project, or design of the jail. That means that the County will hire Vanir Construction Management, Inc. for the preparation for work, RFP, State timelines, etc.  The County will work for this group since they have been successful bringing these types of funding to other counties.
The Board also approved budget allocation funding from Federal Asset Forfeiture in the amount of $35,000 for the emergency sole source capital purchase of a 911 recording system since right now the Sheriff Department does not have the equipment to record 911 calls. The new equipment will be next generation and will replace the existing equipment.

Calexico City Council OKs Bonds for De Anza II

By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council approved the issuance of Bonds to assist in the forming of the acquisition, construction, and development of a 54 unit multifamily housing residential facility that will be known as De Anza II.

Chelsea Investment Corporation requested that the California Municipal Financial Authority to serve as the municipal issuer of the bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $5,000,000 of tax-exempt revenue bonds. The proceed of the bonds will be used to assist to the construction of the De Anza II that will be located at the parking lot of the De Anza Hotel.

Calexico Marijuana Dispensarie ?

By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council decided to continue the discussion of Medical Marijuana to get more information about this issue.

The council decided to let the Medical Marijuana moratorium expire and rely on the existing zoning code which does not specifically allow medical marijuana facilities to locate in the City. This would effectively amount to a prohibition on dispensaries and the City could face the same risks of litigation that would exist if the City adopted a ban, Police Chief Neujahr said.

Calexico Council Looks at Imperial Valley Assited Living Center

By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council took no action Tuesday night in regards to the Imperial Valley Assisted Living center proposed project located on Redevelopment property.

The Redevelopment Agency and IVAL entered into an Exclusive Right to Negotiate Agreement on May 5th 2009 for the possibility of developing a convalescent center to be located were the old National Guard Armory used to be. The Armory was closed in 2002 but was purchased by the Redevelopment Agency in order to create a recreation center. Funding for the recreation center stalled and IVAL made a bid to create a center for senior citizens.