CALEXICO — Between bites of an orange, Ray Falcon said the noontime meeting of the Heffernan Memorial Hospital District board of directors shouldn't start until board attorney Eduardo Rivera arrived.
"There might be legal questions," he said in Spanish to board Chairman Mark Perrone and board Secretary Norma Apodaca.
"We need him," he added in English.
After his comments, Trustee David Ouzan walked into the room inside the long-vacant Calexico Hospital building that the Heffernan trustees use as a meeting place.
After greetings, Falcon left to call Rivera to find out if the attorney was coming.
Last weekend Ouzan criticized the scheduling of Monday's meeting.
The only agenda item dealt with approving a $1,500 contract with the San Diego engineering firm of Stedman & Dyson.
In response to an advertisement for services, the San Diego firm proposed conducting a structural analysis of the Calexico Hospital building so Brawley-based Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo could determine the feasibility of opening a late-night urgent-care center there.