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No evaluation for director Rios

September 25, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — More than 60 Calexico Housing Authority residents, a city councilman and city commissioners filled the Hector Mario Esquer community building on Eady Avenue to witness a "performance evaluation" of Lupita Rios, executive director of the authority.

It didn't happen.

"Basically my intent was to have my evaluation done in public session but again the evaluation in essence hasn't been done. (The board) didn't agree to that," Rios said this morning.

For a few months an executive-session item regarding the executive director has been placed on almost every agenda released by the authority board of commissioners.

The board has never taken any action on any of those items.

Rios said she already had her annual evaluation in early July.

She requested any further performance evaluation to be conducted in public.

"I have nothing to hide," she said.

The board, after initially scheduling the public evaluation, rescheduled it during Monday's meeting to be an executive session evaluation for October.

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Rios said Monday night's meeting was "a normal meeting. The extent of the evaluating didn't take place."

Rios' contract runs through 2002 and isn't sure what a negative performance evaluation could mean to her job status.

"That would be a question an attorney could answer," she said.

Instead of witnessing the evaluation, the public was allowed to comment to Rios directly about various problems with their housing units.

After the meeting they voiced concerns with the landscaping, others complained about soccer-playing kids and one said a woman with too many dogs and cats was stinking up the apartments.

Each person appreciated the chance to bring his or her concerns to Rios directly.

Rios said today, "Whenever there is a legitimate concern I always take time to address it. That's my job."

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

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