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Political district affiliation prompts discussion

May 03, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The El Centro City Council discussed Wednesday whether it should join certain local efforts that could have the county become reattached to the Assembly and Senate districts to the west or remain attached to those to the north.

Councilman Larry Grogan suggested the city support moving to the west because of a similarity of interests, particularly related to border issues.

"Do we take the direction or do we wait until we're told where we are?" he asked, adding it would be to the city's advantage to make a statement as to the city's desires.

Councilman Jack Terrazas said he agreed with Grogan that there is more of a similarity of issues between the Imperial Valley and the San Diego area than with Riverside County, but he wondered what the reaction might be of the Valley's current elected representatives in Sacramento.

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Councilman David Dhillon said he was not prepared to take formal action on the issue and reminded the council it was only 10 years ago the area moved away from San Diego and toward Riverside in its districting.

No action was taken, and the council asked Grogan to obtain more information on the matter.

In other business, the City Council:

· approved $262,000 for the construction of a public works warehouse and office building at the city corporate yard. Of that amount, $12,000 is included in the city's 2001 budget, while $250,000 for the construction is included in the city's proposed budget for 2002.

· approved seeking a $55,186 grant from the state Department of Conservation to develop school recycling programs. Under state guidelines, the cities of Calipatria, Holtville, Imperial and Westmorland would each receive $5,000; the city of Brawley would get $6,292; the city of Calexico, $7,771; the city of El Centro, $11,011; and the county, $10,112.

· announced plans to hold three community meetings throughout the city on the issue of moving the city forward. Topics will include the downtown revitalization, nuisance abatement, vandalism and others.

· selected Grogan to be the city's representative to the Southern California Water Committee board of trustees. City Manager Abdel Salem was appointed as alternate.

· appointed Imperial resident Jennifer M. Thomason to fill the unscheduled vacancy term on the El Centro Regional Medical Center board of trustees, ending June 30, 2002. Grogan was appointed as ex-officio member.

· was informed that discussions are under way on buying modular units for a skate park. The units would be above ground and their configuration could be changed.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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