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Feb. 8, 2002: Our opinion

February 16, 2002

The Calexico City Council, by unanimous vote this week, gave the green light to David Shteremberg and his Bravo partners to build a subdivision, a mobile home/RV park and an industrial park near the intersection of Cole and Bowker roads.

In doing so, the council brought to an end a contentious issue involving legal action and other entanglements that took more than two years to bring to conclusion. We hope the conclusion reached works out to be the best one for the city. We think it can be, but the partners must follow through with the plans approved.

They have said the project could create 1,000 jobs through the industrial park and that is what would make this project positive for the city. In an area where jobs are not easy to find, creating more than 1,000 jobs would certainly be a boost. That would only serve to benefit the Valley's economy.

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The developers also have said the mobile/RV park could bring some 400 snowbirds to Calexico each year and that is positive because snowbirds add a lot to our area economy. Calexico should be doing more to capitalize on the annual migration of snowbirds into the Valley, and this is one step in that direction. And a few hundred new houses and apartment complexes planned for the project are needed in a rapidly growing city.

Still, we have some concerns. Because this was a controversial issue, there could be lingering bad feelings. The developers should realize that they were cut a $200,000 break in not having to do a full environmental review. They also should realize the City Council overruled its Planning Commission twice in this matter, which is not good for city harmony.

Calexico has done a lot for these developers, and part of the reason for that is if it is developed as proposed, it should be a marvelous addition to Calexico and the Imperial Valley.

The interest in the Bravo project is yet another sign of increasing development in all areas of the Imperial Valley. We only hope no other proposal gets as bogged down in muck as this one.

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