CALEXICO — The City Council here, seated as the city Redevelopment Agency board, ended its 22-year relationship with consulting firm Urban Futures Inc. during Tuesday's RDA meeting.
Mayor Victor Carrillo and councilmen Gilbert Grijalva and Frank Montoya voted to sever ties with the Orange-based consulting firm. Mayor Pro Tem John Renison and councilman Javier Alatorre dissented.
Urban Futures President Marshall Linn attended the meeting but didn't comment publicly.
After the vote he shook hands with city Planning Director Ricardo Hinojosa and left the council chambers.
On Wednesday, he called from his office, commented on the board's action and addressed some of the claims made by Grijalva in the discussion leading up to the Tuesday's vote.
Grijlava blasted Urban Futures for proposing an amendment to the city's RDA plan that had been rejected in another city.
"They bring it here because he doesn't think we are as sophisticated," Grijalva said.
Recently, the RDA board rejected Linn's "Amendment 4," a proposed change to the RDA plan that would have brought almost the entire city under the agency's purview.