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Gilbert Grijalva to seek District 5 IID board seat

August 03, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

Calexico City Councilman Gilbert Grijalva has announced he will run for the Division 5 seat on the Imperial Irrigation District's Board of Directors in the March 5 election.

Rudy Maldonado is the incumbent Division 5 director and has announced he will run for re-election.

Before the candidates will be included on the March ballot, they must file declarations of candidacy paperwork with the county during the Nov. 12 through Dec. 7 filing period.

Grijalva said he is running because he wants to preserve and enhance the Imperial Valley's quality of life.

"The pending water transfer agreement between the IID and the San Diego County Water Authority will have a profound impact on that quality of life, for better or worse. I believe the community deserves to know what the economic implications will be.

"The transfer agreement was signed in 1998. So why is the general public still waiting for economic data on third-party impacts?" Grijalva asked.

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In addition to the water transfer, Grijalva said he is concerned about power rates and how they impact the poor and the elderly.

"Certainly the IID has done a better job than many other energy providers in the state, but rates have still gone up and the long-term outlook remains uncertain," he said.

Grijalva thinks IID has a legitimate role in fostering economic development through the creation of jobs and thinks he's qualified to help the district do just that.

"It is an area in which I have specialized over the last decade; first as a representative of the Calexico Community Action Council and most recently as a member of the Calexico City Council."

He said the City Council has created several hundred jobs during his almost four years on the council.

Division 5 is mostly made up of the Calexico area. While candidates must live in the district they seek to represent, voters in all five IID districts vote on all elections of directors.

Grijalva is a Calexico native who lives with his wife, Mayra, and their five children. He has worked with housing developers throughout Southern California and is looking to develop a condominium complex in Calexico.

Grijalva's council term ends in April 2002 and he said he will not run for the City Council again.

He vowed to run a "positive campaign" for the IID board.

Maldonado could not be reached for comment.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or claverie7@hotmail.com

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