CALEXICO — "After they lure us in they stick a knife in our back," said international businessman Alex Campillo.
In his estimation, "they" is the city of Calexico.
Campillo claims city officials encouraged industrial development west of Highway 111 on Cole Road — where his International Trade Center is — and now plan to stifle that growth by rerouting traffic away from that area.
By direction of the City Council, the city planning and public works departments have been looking at various traffic flow proposals for more than a year. Those studies have focused on decreasing or eliminating truck traffic on Cole Road.
The efforts to stamp out truck traffic on Cole Road were stoked by community members and city councilmen who said they are fed up with the potholes, long lines at stop signs and congestion brought by trucks that use the road to get to warehouses west of Highway 111.