From the daily archives: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cindy Guz has been named senior manager for the Youth and Young Adults Services Division of the Imperial County Department of Behavioral Health, agency director Michael W. Horn has announced.

Guz previously was a manager in the agency’s Adult Services Division. She joined Behavioral Health in 1997 as a case manager.

As head of Youth and Young Adults Services, Guz will oversee several programs, including substance-abuse prevention and mental health services at agency clinics and community-based services in schools. She also will coordinate services with related agencies, including the county Health Department, school districts and law enforcement agencies.

“Cindy’s expertise and dedication are strong assets to the community we serve,” Horn stated. “We have many team members who share those qualities and it’s a real advantage because it allows us to promote from within and have leaders who truly understand the needs of our clients.”

A Brawley native, Guz earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Drury College in Springfield, Mo., and a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from the University of Phoenix.

Of her career focus she notes, “It is gratifying helping individuals learn specific causes of their emotional distress, assessing their needs and ultimately instilling hope and helping them live a meaningful and balanced life.”

Guz is married and has two sons.

 

By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council will look into providing a City Hotline to the public as a request by Councilman Bill Hodge.

The item came as a request from Hodge in order to have a better communication between City officials and residents. The idea for this Hotline, Hodge said, came out from the recent Town Hall meeting held two months ago.

Hodge proposed to have this hotline be installed and have the messages and concerns be channeled to the appropriate department heads. The messages will then be sent to department heads and will be answered as soon as possible. He said that there are many people that can’t make it to the meeting and he wanted to take government closer to the people and more accessible.

“We need to know what are the concerns of our constituents and I believe this Hotline will help residents to have a closer communication with our City.” Hodge said.

Mayor Pro Tem Maritza Hurtado said it was a good idea but worried about the burden this could put on City employees now that they are short staffed. Hodge responded it would have to be looked at but emphasized that the City should know the concerns of the public and the issues that need to be solved.

The Council agreed that this was a good idea and gave direction to City Manager Oscar Rodriquez to look on how they will implement the new Hotline into the City of Calexico.

In other news, the City of Calexico approved an agreement with the Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center to provide technical assistance to microenterprise businesses.

The City of Calexico received a grant in 2011 in the amount of $500,000 for Micro Enterprise Façade loan/grant and microenterprise Technical Assistance. The Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center will provide the Technical Assistance to micro businesses. The amount of $120,750 will be used for the technical assistance.

City Manager Oscar Rodriquez said that this will assist the City of Calexico with expanding and attracting new businesses. The program will additionally prepare the microenterprise owner to be loan ready for the façade loan/grant with the remaining funds.

 
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