What can be done to make the Imperial Valley a more aesthetically pleasing place to live was the topic of a brainstorming session hosted by the county Thursday.
The theme is "Greening of the Valley."
County Executive Officer Ann Capela said the Valley has a certain "barren" quality to it, unlike other areas to which her local travels have taken her, like Palm Springs.
"Why can't we have that in Imperial County?" she said.
Capela suggested the group, which consisted of a number of public and private representatives, form a permanent committee to address the issue of improving the way the Valley looks and maybe hire somebody full-time to be responsible for following the matter.
The county's Sacramento lobbyist, Bill Dohring, said there is money in the state budget and through competitive grants for aesthetic improvement. He also said the county and cities will receive $1.294 million from a state bond for parks. Of that the county will get $536,000.