Imperial County declares May veteran appreciation month

May 09, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday declared May as veteran appreciation month.

A resolution unanimously adopted urges all local employers, organized labor, veterans organizations and other government leaders to support the campaign to increase employment opportunities for veterans.

Local employers U.S. Gypsum and Holly Sugar were honored for their efforts to hire veterans.

In other business, the board:

· was asked by El Centro City Councilman Larry Grogan to play a proactive role in deciding whether the county should remain attached legislatively to Riverside County or move toward San Diego. The board decided to have at least one public hearing on the matter at 6:30 p.m. May 24.

It was suggested the county consider remaining with Riverside for the Assembly and San Diego for the state Senate.

· was told by El Centro resident Robert Rubio that the county's financial help is needed to place water stations in the desert to help illegal immigrants. He said volunteers will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ocotillo Motel to place water in the desert.


· was told that contempt rulings against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management are being sought by Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity for its failure to close certain desert areas, as well by the California Off-Road Vehicle Association for not reopening 50,000 acres of local dunes.

The board was told a federal judge recently denied CBD's request and that there will another hearing in San Francisco on May 17.

Supervisor urged BLM to reopen the dunes.

· approved a request by WomanHaven Inc.'s Center for Family Solutions to issue county certifications allowing CFS to seek certain state and federal benefits.

· approved a watercraft loan agreement for the Sheriff's Office for two watercraft and a double trailer. The equipment would be used on the Colorado River. The county would be responsible for the program's operations and maintenance.

· approved a road resurfacing agreement for county and city roads with the city of El Centro.

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

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