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Our Opinion: Walker, Castillo for E,C. council

October 31, 2001

Of the four people running for two four-year slots on the El Centro City Council, two clearly seem most prepared to make the city a better place to live.

Incumbent Cheryl Walker, seeking a second term on the council, has been an aggressive councilwoman who has worked hard to better the city. She has played key parts in actions that have helped clean up the city, including a nuisance abatement law that has resulted in properties with unsightly and unsafe conditions being cleaned. She has helped lead the downtown revitalization project, which has been a success to the degree it has advanced but needs to be taken further. Walker is aware of that and says she is moving in that direction. The city also has an industrial park that has come to full bloom in recent months.

Walker is a spirited, intelligent woman who cares about her community and will fight for it. Those are fine reasons to vote for her.

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Challenger Ray Castillo has had a laudable career in law enforcement and has long been involved in the community, including a stint on the city Planning Commission. His ideas for the city are insightful, and his caring for the city seems genuine. Those who know him say he is a classy guy with his heart in the right place. That is the impression we have gotten, too. He will be a fine councilman.

Challenger Pamela Gaspar also has a long record of community service. Some of her ideas about how to improve the city are wonderfully innovative. Some may not be realistic. But no one could doubt her exuberance about the prospects for El Centro and life in general. While we are not endorsing Gaspar in this race, she has a lot to offer the city and would be a fine person to head a city beautification committee or be otherwise involved in city affairs.

Longtime council incumbent David Dhillon seems to have grounded himself a bit in recent months, but he is still carrying a lot of baggage from a recent run for county supervisor and unfulfilled promises he has made to his El Centro constituents. He may have done some good things during his long tenure on the council, but his contentious relationship with some other council members often makes him ineffective and isolated on the council.

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