Calexico council to discuss Victor Carrillo's seat

April 08, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Following Tuesday's Redevelopment Agency meeting, the City Council will convene at 8 p.m. and discuss how to fill the council seat that will open when Mayor Victor Carrillo leaves at the end of the year to join the county Board of Supervisors.

According to the meeting agenda, the council could vote to have a special election in November for one seat on the City Council.

Former City Council candidate Lupita Rios has said whoever finished third in the March 5 election should be appointed to serve the remainder of Carrillo's term.

According to certified election results, the third place finisher, behind Councilmen-elect David Ouzan and Alex Perrone, was current City Councilman Javier Alatorre, who was seeking re-election.


Rios' suggestion has been panned in some corners of City Hall and praised in others. Some argue that when the election was conducted the people of Calexico voted for the two people they wanted on the council; no more, no less. Others think staging a special election would be a waste of money.

After discussing the election issue, the council could approve a settlement with Raul and Alicia Estrada.

The Estradas own a plot of land north of the Calexico 10 theater complex that they want to sell to developers looking to build hotels and an Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar.

If the council approves the settlement agreement with the Estradas, the city would pay to extend Fiesta and Robinson roads through those plots of land if the Estradas agree to make sure the developers build their projects here.

If the Estradas or the developers back out of their side of the bargain, there are assurances written into the agreement so that the city will be reimbursed for the cost of the improvements, up to $550,000.

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