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Probe: January 9, 2001

January 09, 2002

QUESTION: Can you tell me why the post office installed community business units on Main Street in Brawley without first discussing it with the merchants? With the postal service looking toward a deficit, is this a good time to be spending money? — Opposed to CBU, Brawley

In view of the merchant boycott of the units, it looks like some discussion would have been a good idea before installing CBUs, which are central drop-off and pick-up points for mail.

Tamara Alexander, officer in charge at the Brawley facility, said not one merchant has picked up a key to use the Main Street units.

With the Postal Service facing a deficit and consumers looking at a raise in mailing charges, now may be the best time to install centralized units.


It has to be more economical to drop off the mail for a whole block than have carriers walk to every door to deliver the mail.

Centralized business units are new to Valley merchants but they are all over San Diego. Some Valley residents have been living with neighborhood central units for more than a decade.

But, alas, it's hard to accept change.

QUESTION: I want to donate some toys and clothing to the family who lost its home in the New Year's Day fire in Seeley, but it is difficult for me to make it out to Seeley school during school hours. Is it possible for me to bring my donation to a site in El Centro? — Wanting to help, Calexico.

You can drop off your donations at the local American Red Cross office at 781 Broadway in El Centro. You can park at the rear of the office.

You are just one of many Valley people who called us Tuesday anxious to help Rebecca Juarez and her children. As usual, Valleyites responded to a family in need, this time to a family that lost everything in a fire that destroyed the family home and almost took their lives.

Seeley school officials promised to pick up the El Centro donations daily and make sure the family gets the items.

Sylvia Preciado, director of the local American Red Cross chapter, said one of the family's most immediate needs is money to cover the cost of lodging in San Diego for Rebecca Juarez's immediate family — most importantly her 12-year-old son, who was not injured in the fire.

She said it is important for the family members to be in San Diego to help the Juarez family recover, but it is expensive.

UNEXPECTED GUESTS — When I got up New Year's Day, I thought I would spend the day with friends. Those plans were put on hold when I opened my front door and discovered unexpected guests, two shivering puppies huddled together.

I brought them inside, gave them warm milk and checked with my neighbors to see if they lost puppies. They said they had not.

I want to find good homes for them because I think one is blind. Both are females and otherwise healthy. They look to be about 2 months old. — Country Living, El Centro

All we can say is a tender heart can get you in a whole lot of trouble — especially if you live in the country. We think you've got yourself a couple dogs. Or at least one dog. We can't imagine anyone will want a blind puppy.

But OK, PROBE readers, if you want a puppy, especially if you're willing to take a handicapped puppy, call 353-9663.

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