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Voice: Time for Calexico housing commissioners to learn job or leave

June 15, 2001

The Calexico Housing Authority Board of Commissioners is lacking an understanding of their roles. Serving as a public housing commissioner carries a lot of responsibilities. Devoting time to help improve the well-being of citizens in need can indeed be gratifying.

Unfortunately, this is not what is happening at the Calexico Housing Authority. Instead of serving the needs of the residents it has been said publicly by one commissioner and supported by the majority that it is not important what the "people, residents or tenants" want, but what is really important is what the majority of the board wants.

Good rapport between residents, administration, executive director and the Board of Commissioners is a must! When there is lack of communication or false promises between these entities, it leads to chaos and frustration. This is exactly where the resident organizations are.

The Board of Commissioners must operate according to the highest ethical standards and must not tolerate anything less. Lack of professionalism, unsound decisions, dissatisfaction with work performance, lack of leadership and cooperation must not be tolerated because the Board of Commissioners is the ultimate body responsible for all actions taken by the authority.


This is exactly what we as residents have seen and experienced for the past 12 months. HUD's code of federal regulations is very clear. If the federal regulations are clear to us residents, who supposedly don't have the knowledge, education or capacity as those who have been appointed to look out for the best interest of our community, why can't they understand what is so simple to understand. CFR 964.105 parts (a, b, c) are very clear when it states the board (a) must recognize its duly elected resident council (b) must allow the resident council to participate on the decisions and programs of the authority and (c) that the director must meet on a monthly basis with the resident council to discuss important issues?

Why is this so hard for Chavela Aguilar, Jose Quiroz, Gloria Rodriguez and John Romo, who claims to be such an expert on code of federal regulations, to understand? Instead of reading and following regulations they decided as the majority to get the legal advice from an attorney. Why, if something is so clear and so non-threatening, did it have to be postponed for who knows how long because the average time to get something approved or disapproved is six to eight months.

As a commissioner it is your responsibility to be familiar with these regulations. If this is so hard for all of you to understand, why not leave your seats for other community members who are more than willing to learn and do what is right for residents?

Unfortunately, you are not representing those whom you were appointed to represent. Have the decency to move on and let someone else do the work.



Resident Council


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