CALEXICO — For the second time this year, the City Council here came within a hair's width of replacing the Calexico Housing Authority board of commissioners.
As was the case this summer, the council did not do so, voting 3-2 to allow the seven commissioners to continue to serve.
The council then voted 5-0 to enact a series of requirements regarding the board's conduct, including immediate training for commissioners, the hiring of a resident relations person, resident council elections within 30 days and the hiring of an interim executive director within eight days. The housing board recently fired longtime authority Executive Director Lupita Rios.
The council considered replacing the board after years of problems with the authority's board and administration were brought to light by an independent assessment of the authority's operations.