PROBE: July 2, 2001

July 02, 2001

A WORM AND A LYING CHEAT — the man claiming he wants to contact his children is a worm and a lying cheat. I never lived in Niland; I lived in Calipatria. I didn't leave him. When he left he never looked back. That was 26 years ago.

I kept in touch with his family. I called his mother, his brother and sister regularly. He could have found us at any time if he wanted to. He never paid a nickel in child support.

I called him last night and told him this! — Angry Ex, El Centro

It looks like there's not going to be a happy ending to this story!

QUESTION: I like David Dhillon. I don't think he meant to misrepresent himself as mayor after his term ended.

What I think happened is David probably bought a box of new business cards when he was elected. When his term ended, he didn't want to waste the cards so he kept using them.


I have a solution to the Dhillon problem. Why don't we elect a permanent, full-time mayor instead of passing the job to a new council member every year? No wonder people get confused.

El Centro is getting to be a big town. We need a real mayor. We could elect one for four years and get rid of the city manager. — Idea Man, El Centro

You would have to pay the elected, full-time permanent mayor more — and El Centro would still need City Manager Abel Salem or someone like Salem to run the city.

Los Angeles, San Diego and other big cities have full-time mayors — and we bet every one of those cities has one or several well-paid deputies to run things.

QUESTION: When I ran into ivpressonline on the Internet, I read Bob Liggett's piece about the newspaper's 100th anniversary. Liggett, a former managing editor of this newspaper, wrote that Virginia Horn is still doing PROBE.

Virginia was writing PROBE when I was a young reporter at the Press 21 years ago. If she's still there, ask her if she remembers Kelley Dupuis, the kid who was always borrowing quarters for the vending machine. I can be reached at this e-mail address: — Long-gone, Baltimore

We are still here and we do remember you. If our accounts are right, you owe us about 200 quarters and we want them back.

In case anybody else recalls Kelley, he went from here to a Vacaville newspaper, where he stayed two or three years. From there he went to the U.S. State Department.

He hung in there for 13 years. It was a bad (boring) job, he says, although the pay was good and he traveled a lot, visiting West Africa, Moscow and Brazil, among other places. He stayed three years in Brazil. Today, he's writing advertising copy for a software marketing firm in Baltimore.

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