Last week saw some major changes for the Calexico Housing Authority board. A new chairman and vice chairwoman were selected in Jesus "Chuy" Solano and Irene Hueso-Mora, respectively, and Calexico resident Adriana Esparza was newly appointed to the commission.
What proved to be most unsettling, however, were the changes that came along with this shift in leadership.
In an action that saw little explanation, the board made a motion to check into finding new legal counsel, never giving any indication as to whether this action would be the start of a movement to replace authority board attorney Steve Walker or merely seek a second lawyer to augment his services.
Still, by the time the motion came from the mouth of Hueso-Mora, which the board agreed to by a 4-1 vote, the damage was done. Walker got up, announced his resignation and quickly left.
We certainly aren't trying to question this particular decision, but Walker has a reputation as being a smart, fair attorney. He has done a lot of work for government entities in the Valley and we have heard nary a complaint. Out of respect and courtesy to a man who had served the board for some time, the commissioners should have had the decency to tell Walker and those congregated for the meeting what exactly was being sought in new legal counsel.