Senate Bill 865 would give the authority the power to promote and finance infrastructure and economic development projects along the California/Mexico border. The authority would be an agency of the state treasurer's office.
The authority would have a 15-member board, including one member each from the Imperial and San Diego county boards of supervisors and one member each from the Calexico and San Diego city councils. Two members would be appointed by the governor, subject to state Senate confirmation; one appointed by the governor without confirmation; two would be appointed by the state Senate Committee on Rules; two would be appointed by the speaker of the Assembly and four members would be from Mexico.
According to the bill analysis, projects to be financed would be based on a master plan from proposals submitted by the authority, specific cities and counties in California, the municipalities of Mexicali and Tijuana and other Mexican authorities. It says the intention of the bill is to help address the tremendous growth along the border and escalating infrastructure need.
Both Supervisor Tony Tirado and Supervisor Joe Maruca expressed interest in being appointed to the border authority. Under the bill, each board of supervisors and city council would appoint its own members.
In other business, the board:
l approved a week-long retreat for staff and administrators of the Betty Jo NcNeece Receiving Home for May 7-11. The $14,321.62 cost will be paid for by the state Children's System of Care program.
l approved May as water safety month, urging people to stay out of canals and drains.
l approved a $49,063 state Integrated Waste Management Board grant request to clean certain county areas. The money would come from the farm and ranch cleanup and abatement program. Areas to be cleaned include Highway 78 at the Alamo River, Fredricks Road at the New River, Dogwood Road at Robinson Road, Dogwood at Neckel Road and a parcel on West Villa Road in El Centro.
l approved the full-time assignment of a county worker to perform maintenance at the county airport along with increased funding.
l has staff searching for funds in the Health Department to potentially help fund the placement of water containers in the desert for illegal aliens traversing the area.
Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.