Calipatria council renames streets

May 23, 2001

after two longtime city residents


CALIPATRIA — The City Council here has renamed two streets after longtime city residents.

Bonita Place will be changed to Beall Place, named after Judge Richard Beall, the only judge in Calipatria before the local court system was changed in the 1970s.

Elder Street will be renamed Emanuel Street, named after Police Chief Frank Emanuel, who served the city for 15 to 20 years from the 1970s to 1980s.

Councilwoman Thelma Baker made the motion to change Bonita Place to Beall Place. The motion was seconded by Mayor Fred Beltran.


Councilman Leonard Vasquez, Baker and Beltran voted in favor. Councilmen Robert Nakadaira and Royal Sage were not at the meeting.

Vasquez made a motion to change the name of Elder Street to Francisco Quiroz Street. His motion was not seconded and died.

Beltran then made a motion to rename it Emanuel Street, which Baker seconded.

Vasquez voted against that street name but the measure passed because in voting on resolutions only the majority of council members at the meeting must vote in favor.

Quiroz was a Mexican-American pioneer grocer in Calipatria who paved Delta Street because it would frequently flood and hurt his food and fruit business he ran from a shack.

City Manager Romualdo Medina said the names will be changed in about 90 days.

Medina also announced a list of names called in by residents.

Also at the meeting, the council voted unanimously to join the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp., a private corporation that works to bring economic development to the Valley.

Calipatria was to join at a level where it would had to have been approved by a majority of the IVEDC board to get a voting seat on the board.

IVEDC CEO/President Luis Fuentes suggested the city come in at a higher class to automatically have a voting right.

The lower membership would have cost the city $1,000 while the higher one was $5,000.

The council voted to join at the $1,000 level but would upgrade to the $5,000 if funds become available.

Baker voiced concern to Fuentes about past cases when economic development organizations failed to bring development to the Northend.

Fuentes responded that IVEDC has a responsibility of helping all local cities in every way it can and assured he would not overlook the Northend.

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

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