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No action on resolution to lift Case Towing restriction

December 14, 2001|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — The City Council here did not take action Thursday night on a resolution that would lift a restriction on Case Towing from entering into a contract with the city to provide towing services.

Council members Royal Sage, Lee Vasquez and Thelma Baker voted to table the resolution until the next council meeting, when Mayor Fred Beltran and Councilman Robert Nakadaira are expected to be present.

Nakadaira arrived at Thursday's council meeting after Sage, Vasquez and Baker had tabled the resolution. Beltran didn't attend the meeting.

Until 1998, Case Towing provided service and maintenance for police patrol units in Calipatria and towing services for vehicles the Police Department impounded or stored.

The agreement ended in dispute that year and the City Council set a restriction that kept the city from entering into a contract with Case Towing.

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During the meeting Thursday, Sage expressed support for giving Case a second chance.

"I believe they have to give them a second chance because we have to support our local businesses," said Sage.

He said he doesn't think the strained history will cause any more hardships to the city.

"We have a new Police Department and a new council," he added.

Sage added Case Towing should at least be allowed back for a probationary period.

Vasquez said he is not in favor of lifting the ban.

"We're trying to stay out of lawsuits. It cost the city a lot of money to defend the city against those lawsuits," Vasquez said, referring to legal action taken by Case against the city in connection with the dispute.

Police Chief Reggie Gomez said he is satisfied with the services provided to the Police Department by Tucker Towing of Brawley and Dickerson Towing of Westmorland.

"I'm very satisfied with the services I have and would like it to continue that way," said Gomez.

The two towing companies are on a monthly rotation.

The issue will be brought up at the next council meeting scheduled for Jan. 8.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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