ally Leimgruber is a good man with a good heart and the best of intentions for the Imperial Valley.
As an Imperial County supervisor in 2002, that is not enough.
Leimgruber is facing a strong opponent in his bid for re-election Tuesday. Esteban "Steve" Vasquez is a veteran Brawley city councilman who has endured withering criticism from the public and fellow council members to stick by what he sees as right. And Brawley now is profiting from those stances.
Vasquez pushed for a new city water plant in Brawley when others in the city wanted to fix a failing old plant. Despite heated attacks and a recall action against him, Vasquez stood his ground. While the plant was expensive and there were roadblocks along the way, the facility is now up and operating and Brawley is experiencing growth it hadn't seen in decades, all thanks to the increased water capacity at the plant. Yes, Brawley's new beef-processing plant has some issues that still need to be resolved, but it is a facility that has brought the community hundreds of jobs and a new spirit of vitality. And that facility would not have been built in Brawley if there weren't a new city water plant.