Let's face it, when you are in jail, you have no clout. If you have no clout, nobody cares if you like a situation or not. You can like it or lump it.
Nevertheless, Sheriff's Office Lt. Bill Willard told us if you call him, he will arrange for you to see your granddaughter. He said the visitors' phones on the women's side are broken but will be replaced soon. If Willard is not around, talk to Sgt. Matthew Pumphrey.
QUESTION: Was the old building next door to Video 2000 in Imperial ever a hotel? It sure looks like one with windows all around the building. Can you find out how old the building is? — History Buff, Imperial
The second story had rooms to rent, according to Howard Worthington, who bought the building in 1978. At that time the brass room numbers were still on the rooms.
"My dad stayed in that room the first night he arrived in Imperial in 1917," Worthington recalled. Although he didn't know for certain, he said he thought the building was built in 1912 or 1913. That would make it 90 years old.
While the top floor was a hotel, the back of the first floor was a wholesale grocery with offices in the front half. By 1978 the wholesale grocery warehouse was refrigerated. Temperatures would chill to 34 degrees.
That figures. Worthington bought the building from Coors Distributing when the beer company moved to its new building. Coors' claim to fame was it did not use preservatives and its beer had to be kept cold.
Before Coors bought the building, it belonged to the Townsend family. The Townsends owned Acme Beer Distributors. The family lived upstairs until it built a big new house on South Imperial Avenue.
QUESTION: With the city needing so much, $300,000 is a lot of money? Is it true the El Centro City Council budgeted $300,000 for the El Centro Chamber of Commerce? — Thrifty, El Centro
Well, yes and no, give or take a few thousand. The city just signed a two-year contract with the city to run a visitors' and tourist information service for the city, according to chamber Chief Executive Officer Cathy Kennerson. Under the contract, the city pays the chamber $145,000 a year for the service. If you multiply that by two, it totals $290,000, or close enough to $300,000.