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Voter fraud committee members appointed

September 26, 2001|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors appointed members to the voter fraud committee at the board meeting Tuesday.

The committee will explore and develop ideas to help ensure local elections are fair.

The committee was formed when Supervisor Joe Maruca expressed concern over voting irregularities in the last election, specifically instances of a high number of voters registered at a single address and questionable absentee ballots.

Richard Ciaramella, chief investigator with the California Secretary of State's election division, met with county officials in August. He suggested the county promote voter education and form a committee to investigate voter fraud.

The committee members are:

· Albert Aguilar of Calexico, nominated by Supervisor Tony Tirado

· Dr. Gustavo Galindo of Holtville, nominated by Supervisor Joe Maruca

· Lynn Schnittker of Brawley, nominated by Supervisor Gary Wyatt

· Bob Hamm of El Centro, nominated by Supervisor Hank Kuiper

· Pedro Cerda, nominated by Supervisor Wally Leimgruber


The supervisors also agreed to transfer the Brown Bag program to Catholic Charities for the remainder of fiscal 2001-2002. The Brown Bag program brings food to senior citizens unable to provide for themselves.

The original Brown Bag program ended when manager Glen Gillis retired.

The board moved $24,454 from the original Brown Bag fund plus an additional $8,288 from the county's general fund.

"When Catholic Charities took over the program, they couldn't do it at the same price," Maruca said. "When Gillis ran the program, he took a lot of initiative. He went above and beyond."

Also at the meeting, the board:

· took no action after receiving staff and public input on a proposed letter to Gov. Gray Davis on state Senate Bill 497, which revises the regulations on lot line adjustments.

· after much discussion, set the salary for the newly combined treasurer/tax collector position at $73,860.

· delayed action on an intersection replacement improvement project originally planned for Dogwood and Keystone roads. The planned improvement is the result of a settlement from inferior work done on the intersection. The improvement might be changed to the intersections of Aten and Dogwood roads or Aten and Clark roads.

Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or

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