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Housing Authority board votes 7-0 for funding

June 01, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Calm descended on City Hall on Thursday night during the Calexico Housing Authority board meeting.

No voices were raised, no threats were made and no police officers were brought in to keep the peace.

This was a stark contrast to the bickering that filled previous meetings.

In a show of unity, the board voted 7-0 to apply for competitive state funding that could bring 160 new multi-family homes to Calexico.

The one-, two- and three-bedroom units could be available in 2002 if the authority wins the funding.

In other business, chairman John Romo and vice chairman Jesus "Chuy" Solano voted with three other commissioners 5-2 to require authority Executive Director Lupita Rios to meet once a month with representatives of the authority residents.

Dissenting commissioner Jose Quiroz said the board shouldn't dictate to the residents when they should meet or if they should meet at all.


In a low and reserved voice, Romo voiced his side of the argument.

He said the monthly meetings would meet guidelines from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that the administration should follow.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.

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