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Fred Beltran receives nod as new mayor of Calipatria

April 11, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — Fred Beltran was chosen as the city's new mayor here Tuesday night.

Royal Sage was chosen as the city's mayor pro tem.

Beltran was nominated by Sage after Robert Nakadaira nominated Thelma Baker.

Baker's nomination was not seconded, so it was not voted upon. Outgoing Mayor Leonard Vasquez seconded Beltran's nomination.

The council voted unanimously to appoint Beltran as mayor. Beltran will serve one year in the position.

"I was ecstatic," said Beltran of being named mayor.

"I was surprised when they nominated me. We have a pretty good council and I hope we can all work together to help the city," said Beltran, who also is the police chief in Westmorland.

Sage said, "I think he has a good head on his shoulders."

Sage said of being named mayor pro tem, "It's a pretty good honor and I'm looking forward to seeing the city move forward."

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The council also discussed the renaming of two city streets, Bonita Place and East Elder Street.

The renaming was suggested because emergency medical personnel were having problems locating the streets.

Bonita Place is often mistaken for Bonita Street and East Elder Street is not connected to West Elder Street.

The council discussed how to rename the streets. Baker thought it would be a good idea to let Calipatria students, from kindergarten through high school seniors, participate in a street-naming contest.

The council did not seem satisfied with that idea.

So Baker suggested each council member come up with four names, two that start with the letter B and two with the letter E so the streets will remain in alphabetical order.

The item will be further discussed at the next council meeting April 24.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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