Renison said, "It is a quality of life issue. We need some major recreation facelifts, including parks."
He said one of the seminars at the workshop dealt with ways other cities have secured funding for such projects.
"That seminar really broadened our horizons. We brought back innovative ways to fund the sports complex. We brought back material that would blow you out of your chair.
"The first step is that you would have to try to get land donated. I think a lot of people would get on board if we tried to bring something like this to Calexico," Renison said.
Carrillo said a Calexico sports complex might not be built in the magnitude or scope of the Monterey facility but would be, "something that contains a weight room, basketball court, lap tracks and a swimming pool under one roof."
He said the project would have to be fund by a combination of public and private funds.
Calexico's representatives attended seminars dealing with common problems throughout the state and how their peers are dealing with those issues.
A seminar Carrillo was impressed by was one that defined a healthy city manager/city council relationship.
Renison agreed and said the seminar caused him to "sit down and think about things such as the city's priorities and objectives and how not to fall into a micro-management syndrome."
He said it is important to let the city manager work and then evaluate him after a set amount of time.
Another seminar gave examples of how other cities have worked with Sacramento and Washington, D.C., and the different methods used to capture elected officials' attention.
"It opens your eyes to what other cities are doing. That seminar gave us an opportunity to expand our knowledge and learn about the mechanisms that are in place in order to use them the most effectively to enhance the quality of life for all of our citizens," Renison said.
In addition to the seminars, tours and handshaking/card-exchanging sessions, the council members had a chance to enjoy some of Monterey's unique charms.
"I'm not a fish eater but obviously you take advantage of that when you're here," Renison said.
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