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Calexico RDA may sever ties with Urban Futures

September 10, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The City Council here, seated as the Redevelopment Agency, could sever ties with Orange-based redevelopment consultanting firm Urban Futures at an RDA meeting Tuesday.

Members of the City Council recently asked City Manager Richard Inman to look into the city's contract with Urban Futures to determine the exact cost and nature of its services on behalf of the city.

Earlier this summer the RDA board rejected a proposed amendment to the city's redevelopment zone that would have put nearly the entire city under the purview of the agency.

Working on retainer for the city, Urban Futures drew up the amendment — called Amendment 4 — and argued for its passage during an agency meeting.


The city did not approve the amended redevelopment zone.

According to comments by councilmen at that meeting, the board didn't adopt the amendment for fear that an addition of so much land into the redevelopment zone would take away tax dollars from the general fund and weaken the city's ability to provide police and fire protection.

In other agency business, the council will discuss the possibility of adding more lighting to the city's parks.

Last month lights were put up for the first time in the Las Casitas park near Sam Ellis Street. Those two new lights were donated by the city and installed by city crews.

At a ceremony commemorating the lighting, Mayor Pro Tem John Renison and councilmen Javier Alatorre and Frank Montoya told local residents they would try to add more lighting in the near future.

The agency board also will hear a request for $3,500 for the annual Farm Worker Appreciation Breakfast as well as discuss paying for additional upgrades to the Calexico Women's Improvement Club.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

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