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Our Opinion: Welcoming Elorduy

November 07, 2001

Baja California appears to have gotten a fine leader in Eugenio Elorduy Walther, inaugurated as governor during a ceremony Thursday in Mexicali attended by Mexican President Vicente Fox.

Not only has Baja California gotten itself a new leader, the Imperial Valley has found itself with a new friend with strong ties to the Valley. Elorduy was born in Calexico and raised in Mexicali. He understands the issues affecting both sides of the border separately and collectively and he can use that knowledge to the benefit of Mexicali and the Imperial Valley.

Elorduy brings with him a strong ally in Fox, who is in the same party, National Action Party, as Elorduy. The two have been allies for many years. That Fox attended Elorduy's inauguration is a sign of that.

Elorduy already has shown his interest in working with the Imperial Valley. He has met with our officials to talk about issues of common interest and we expect to see much more communication.

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As governor, Elorduy has a full plate. He has a large area to govern with varying interests, concerns and problems.

Still, we are confident he will not lose site of the important relationship between the Imperial Valley and Mexicali. While some may not wish to admit it, growth and prosperity in the Imperial Valley are affected by growth and prosperity in Mexicali and development here can impact Mexicali. Our relationship with Mexicali is symbiotic, and anyone who doesn't recognize that has his head in our areas' plentiful sand. We need leaders such as Elorduy who recognize the importance of the Mexicali-Imperial Valley relationship.

Elorduy can play a key role in promoting Mexicali and the Imperial Valley. He has to work toward creating a strong relationship with officials on this side of the border and officials here need to recognize the ally they have in Elorduy.

If they can maintain communication and find ways to work together on issues critical to both sides of the border, Mexicali and the Imperial Valley could see more growth and development and see crucial issues such as immigration addressed.

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