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Probe: March 20, 2001

March 20, 2001

QUESTIONS: I am new to Brawley. In hopes of learning about my new home town, I sent a list of questions to the mayor. To this day I have not received an answer to any of my questions.

The final question is, does City Hall look down on the residents of Imperial Oasis? If so, I am inviting the city officials to the senior housing facility. They can speak to me. I would like to meet them.— New Resident, Brawley

For a newcomer, you are arrogant. City officials, including the mayor, work for everybody, not just you.

We got the answers to all but one of your questions with just one phone call to City Hall. The one about transportation required a call to a county office. It's a harder, but more important, question. We're still working on it.

If you want to meet city officials, attend a City Council meeting. The council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Lions Center, 225 A St. The council chamber is at the rear of the building.

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The meetings are conducted in English, although the discussion can be translated into Spanish when necessary for Spanish speakers.

There is a toilet in the council chambers.

The city library is open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays the hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We think that takes care of six of your seven questions. Good Luck!

QUESTION: Can you find out what happened at Sunflower School? I heard a sixth-grader was arrested for bringing a weapon to school and the police searched his home. — Nervous Parent, El Centro

The presence of El Centro police cars at the school Friday probably fueled the rumor you heard. The storyteller had it wrong.

There was no weapon involved. A youngster got mad at a teacher and told somebody he wanted "revenge."

The school called police.

El Centro Police Chief Ray Loera said, "We think it was just talk, but you can't take chances. There was no arrest and no search at his home.

"We think the way they are going to handle it is with psychological testing and counseling," he added.

CHEAP TRIP TO LA QUINTA — I drove my own car to La Quinta. I didn't go to dinner with the others. It didn't cost the (Imperial Irrigation District) rate-payers a nickel for me to go. — Board Member, Seeley

Good for you. Nevertheless, it's hard for us to believe that most, if not all, staff and board members didn't bill the district for their mileage and out-of-town meal.

We don't even begrudge them reimbursement. It's not thrifty to pay mileage for several cars to make the 100-mile trip. Why not send a couple of IID vans? Tell the IID wheels to take some sandwiches in brown bags.

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