As a recent full-time resident of Imperial County and a new subscriber to the Imperial Valley Press, I've been reading with interest your articles about, and many local politicians comments on, the declining state of the county's economy. It seems to be all gloom and doom and the county's reputation as one of the poorest in the state doesn't help. I think local leaders need to look at the assets we have and try to make these assets work more productively for us.
A perfect example would be that of a recent article in the San Diego Union-Tribune on the Ontario area's burgeoning warehousing business. Apparently, business is so good there that homeowners are now trying to limit the growth of the industry.
Ontario is strategically located for this kind of business. Ports in Long Beach and Los Angeles provide the flow of goods to distribute throughout the U.S. Ontario is also near rail lines and many of California's major freeways that distribute goods north and east across the country. The area seem to have an abundance of open, flat land available for construction. Hey! It sounds a lot like Imperial County to me!