County rejects proposal
By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer
The county Board of Supervisors rejected the Workforce Investment Board's controversial recommendation to award $248,919 for welfare-to-work services to Campesinos Unidos Inc.
Representatives from three other agencies competing for the award money said they did not think the evaluation process was fair.
The supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to return the recommendation and suggest the WIB reconsider its decision.
Board Chairman Tony Tirado said the supervisors recognize and thank the WIB for its hard work.
"However, it is in regard to the public we serve, that I believe the board and the WIB should make every effort to eliminate the appearance of conflict in all decision-making processes," Tirado said.
Representatives from the three local agencies challenging the award, the Imperial Valley Institute of Technology Education, the Imperial County Office of Education and the Work Training Center, said there were inconsistencies in the proposal evaluation process.