By Mario Conde
After several weeks of closed session meeting, the Calexico City Council appointed a new interim City Manager.
The Council met in closed session this past Tuesday and had only one business item on the agenda and that was to appoint an acting administrator. After closed session was over, Mayor Pro Tem John Moreno made a motion to name Richard Warne as the acting City Manager. The motion passed 3-2 with Council members Kim and Castro casting the dissenting vote.
Kim argued that the City needed leadership and wanted to have the new acting city manager to start this Thursday. Mayor Pro Tem John Moreno asked the City Attorney about the procedure to approve the contract of the City Manager. City Attorney answered by saying there was a change to the Brown Act that will now require the salary of an executive to be discussed on open session on a regular meeting.
“The Council can appoint someone today but the salary has to be approved and discussed in open session.” City Attorney said.
Councilwoman Maritza Hurtado said that the council should allow the participation of the citizens in an important item such as this one, and have the public ask questions and not make the mistakes that have been done in the past.
Mayor Bill Hodge said that he wants stability but said his wife would be on surgery this week but he said he would like to have City Manager start fresh and have a good run.
“Let’s be open and give him a chance. I think we have appointed someone that is well prepared for the task.” Mayor Hodge said.
Warne served as City Manager for the City of Twenty-nine Palms up until April 2013 when they decided to part ways. Later on he served as interim City Manager of Lynwood, California and Livingston.
Warne will replace the previous interim, Andrew Takata, who was appointed acting City Manager after the retirement of former City Manager Oscar Rodriquez. However, Takata’s contract was not approved by the Council.
Warne has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and has more than 28 years of local government experience. Warne served as a captain in the U.S. Army and is married with six children.

20140623_181151cropedMarcos Arjona Hermosillo received a MAYOR’S PROCLAMATION at Mondays City Council Meeting. Mr. Hermosillo celebrated the milestone of his 100th birthday on April 28th of this year.
The Mayors Proclamation had to be postponed as Mr. Hermosillo had spent some time in the hospital.
It was proclaimed:
MAYOR’S PROCLAMATION
Marcos Arjona Hermosillo Day April 28, 2014
On the Occasion of His 100th Birthday
WHEREAS, Marcos Arjona Hermosillo was born in Amatlan De Jora, Nayarit, Mexico on April 25, 1914; and
WHEREAS, he learned how to play the violin and the “vihuela” at the age of nine; and
WHEREAS, as he played at the “Plaza” in Acaponeta, Nayarit he met a beautiful woman by the name of Josefina Burgueño and fell deeply in love and were married a few years later; and
WHEREAS, having raised fourteen children and with numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren who carry forth many of his strong traits and talents; and
WHEREAS, he moved to Holtville, California in 1960 where he still enjoys his walks around Holt Park; and
WHEREAS, Marcos Arjona Hermosillo has been referred to as hardworking and reliable and is known for being a friendly and generous man; and
WHEREAS, his commitment to his community has been a stabilizing influence on those around him during these years; and
WHEREAS, Marcos Arjona Hermosillo was honored by his friends and family on April 25, 2014
NOW THEREFORE, I, David Bradshaw, Mayor of the City of Holtville, hereby deem it an honor and pleasure to proclaim this 12th day of May, 2014, as “Marcos Arjona Hermosillo Day” in recognition of his 100th birthday, with sincere congratulations and best wishes for many more happy and productive years in the future.
Mr. Hermosillo also received a Resolution from California State Senator, Ben Hueso that was presented by Johanna Caballero who is his District Representative.

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