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Calexico votes to oppose fallowing

December 05, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The City Council here tackled a full slate of issues Tuesday night, including approving a resolution opposing the fallowing of Imperial Valley farmland to restore the Salton Sea.

By a 4-0 vote, the council approved the resolution. Councilman Frank Montoya abstained from voting. He is an employee of the Imperial Irrigation District.

IID board President Andy Horne said such resolutions are allowing Imperial Valley communities to speak with united voice against the "direct frontal assault on the water rights of farmers and municipal water rights as well."

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He said there have been misleading economic figures "thrown around."

In other city business:

· after adjourning to executive session, the council appointed Calexico police Cmdr. Mario Sanchez as interim police chief.

City Attorney Michael Rood said the council in closed session did not set a timetable during which a permanent replacement for former Police Chief Tommy Tunson will be named.

After the meeting, Sanchez said he would accept the job of police chief if it is offered.

· at the start of Tuesday's meeting, the council saluted the Calexico High School varsity football team for its performance during the season.

Bulldog coach Richard Gonzalez thanked the fans for a great year and said the team is getting ready to start 5:30 a.m. practices after the Christmas break. He introduced the team to raucous applause.

· the council heard a presentation from Calexico Sanitation proprietor Martin Lopez, who told council members he could knock $2.20 off Calexicans' trash bills and allow citizens free use of his refuse facility.

The council made no comment on his presentation.

· the council approved a conditional-use permit for Calexico Korean Church to build a new church near the am/pm convenience store off Highway 98 on the west side of town.

· the council listened to downtown merchant David Ouzan describe his attempt to get a fellow merchant to clean the front of her store to allow for sidewalk clearance during the city's sidewalk sale.

According to Ouzan, the merchant asked him if he was a city official after he called to tell her to move some of her goods out of the way. He said he wasn't a city employee.

"All of a sudden she doesn't know English," he said, after which members of the council laughed.

Chief Building Official Bob Williams said he has been working on downtown code enforcement to make sure the sidewalks are clear during the sale.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or claverie7@hotmail.com

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