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March 15, 2001 PROBE

March 15, 2001

QUESTION: Maybe only PROBE can help us resolve a family fight. We often pass the offices of Salico, just east of the tracks on K Street in Brawley.

Salico's sign and logo drives us to argue. The sign contains the company name. A blob or something lurks behind or hovers over the sign. What is it?

My daughter says it's just a leaf of lettuce. My wife insists it is an elf hat as it disappears behind a wall. I say it's a noble eagle peering down toward earth. — Lots-of-Free Time, Brawley

Get a life or at least a hobby!

We could not find anybody at Salico who knew what that hulking blob behind the sign might be — and we went to the top.

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One man said, "It's a penguin," before he hung up. We called back and talked to another person who said it was a polar bear.

A young woman said, "You need to talk to somebody higher up in the company" and switched us to another phone.

Finally we talked to one of the owners, Martin Mohamed.

Mohamed said, "The logo was here before I came … 15 years ago.

"I don't know what it is but I can find out. My parents helped design it … It looks like an eagle to me."

Mohamed promised to get back to us.

We think it's a dinosaur hiding behind the sign to ambush another dinosaur.

QUESTION: The people with houses near the intersection of Messiah Drive and Oak Street in El Centro now own lakefront property.

A narrow stream from a block away feeds the lake. The stream flows from a broken water pipe. The property owner says he won't fix it because it's a county problem. The county says it's an Imperial Irrigation District problem. IID says it's not responsible for broken water lines.

The city comes out once a week and sucks out the water. In three hours the pond is back! The water is wrecking the street.

We complain but we can't pin down the responsible party. — Flooded, North El Centro

El Centro has no right-of-way to repair the broken water line, said city Public Works Director Steve Hogan.

But El Centro's City Council agreed to take a strong stand on the ancient water lines spilling up to 30,000 gallons a day, he said.

If the broken water line is not fixed by Monday, El Centro will cut and plug the water line, promised Hogan.

Some lines carrying untreated water to households north of El Centro are 30 to 35 years old and leaking like sieves. Property owners are reluctant to repair or replace the lines.

The waste of water and the resulting mess can't be defended, Hogan said.

QUESTION: If the Border Patrol wants to stop the drownings, why do they park at the "drops" on the All-American Canal to keep illegal aliens from walking across?

By blocking the only place they can cross without swimming, isn't the Border Patrol contributing to the number of people drowning in the canals? — Conspiracy Theorist, El Centro.

The Border Patrol's mission is to protect the border from illegal entry. The alternative is to open the borders and the Border Patrol has no authority to do that.

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