I was shocked again to read the letter published on March 21 headlined, "Alatorre still can't be unbiased on Housing Authority matters." I felt obligated to respond after reading letters in your newspaper attacking Mayor Javier Alatorre for his role regarding problems related to the Calexico Housing Authority.
During the time Mr. Alatorre has been representing us, he has shown great respect for the public and an open mind to listen to the problems or complaints of people who have approached him personally or approached the council. This includes residents complaining about the Housing Authority.
Mayor Alatorre has shown great sensibility when during meetings he allowed people to express their concerns in regard to Housing Authority issues, which sometimes went to the extreme of having people insult him and call him names, ranging from unprofessional to unethical, because he does not share their opinion.
What has caused the fury of the few people who have accused Mayor Alatorre of different wrongdoing is the mayor has expressed his disagreement with replacing the Housing Authority board without grounds and with the only purpose, as clearly expressed by Mr. Ramirez and others, to fire authority Executive Director Lupita Rios.