Brawley Council Fills In Vacancies for Committees and Commissions

By Chris Furguson

Brawley Mayor George Nava, at the July 17th meeting of the Brawley City Council, appointed eleven people to various committees which were unanimously approved by the rest of the council.
The eleven positions are within four commissions for the city, including the Planning commission, the Brawley Parks & Recreation Commission, the Library Board of Trustees and the Airport Advisory Commission.
Among those who were reappointed were Judy Grant, Diane Lohr and Dixie Smith for the Library Board and John Hernandez, Mary Miller and Ramon Sagredo for the Parks & Rec. commission.
Don Gibson, Peter Osterkamp and Thomas Boyd Rutherford were appointed to the Airport Commission, with Gibson being a reappointment. In this vote, Mayor Pro-Tem Sam Couchman abstained as Gibson is his father-in-law.
For the two positions on the Planning Commission, George Marquez was reappointed while Kevin Hutchinson was given
“We have some returning and some new blood on these committees,” said Nava after the appointments were approved and ratified with a resolution.

* In other Brawley news, the Brawley Library was presented a check for over $31,000 to help improve the library’s LAMBS vehicle. The LAMBS vehicle will receive new interior, a new generator, and a fresh exterior in addition to other improvements.
Expenses for the vehicle’s travels to the Winterhaven area will also be covered with the grant.
The money for the vehicle came from a grant from the Imperial County Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee, which is sponsored by the Quechan Indian Tribal Council.
* The south-west ball field at Meserve Park in Brawley will be named after former BUHS Student Anthony L. Garcia.
Garcia, who was a member of the 2010 Brawley Varsity Football team, passed away in April 2011 of cancer in San Diego. A nearby tree was dedicated to Garcia earlier this year.
A scholarship foundation founded in his name has already handed out several thousand dollars to area students.