We were surprised to learn recently of the state's long-range plans to consider closing the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Brawley — a move we strongly hope does not come to pass.
It appears the state is considering building a new DMV center in the Imperial Valley that might be, according to rumor, on a 17-acre parcel near Costco Wholesale. In essence the state would close its two "undersized" offices in the Valley and replace them with the one center.
We are pleased to see the county Board of Supervisors make it clear it would not support such a plan. We appreciate Assemblyman Dave Kelley, who represents the Valley, siding with the board. He is a strong and respected voice in state government and his support will help.
Closing the Brawley office does not appear to make sense. It would be a slap in the face to the Valley in general and Brawley in particular. It would appear the state would be suggesting the Valley only has need for one DMV center.