O'Malley, Vasquez, Beltran elected to Calipatria council

April 10, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — A political newcomer garnered the most votes in the City Council election here Monday.

Lea Anne O'Malley, director of the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program's Steps of Success program in Calipatria, received 173 votes.

Re-elected were incumbents Lee Vasquez and Fred Beltran, both of whom have served one term on the council. Vasquez received 160 votes and Beltran 156 votes.

All three will serve four-year terms.

Mark Bourland and Roque Barros, both of whom have served on the council in the past, also sought election. Barros garnered 116 votes and Bourland 107 votes.

City Treasurer Sylvia Thomas was re-elected, having run unopposed. She received 206 votes.

O'Malley will take the seat of City Councilman Robert Nakadaira, who opted against seeking re-election.

O'Malley, Vasquez and Beltran will be sworn in during the council's April 23 meeting.

The council members will take their seats as the city is starting its budgeting process for the coming fiscal year, which starts in July. The city is facing a shortfall of about $950,000 — a deficit that has shrunk over the last year from about $1.2 million.


City Manager Romualdo Medina said the shortfall has built up over a number of years and it will take time to remedy. He said the goal is to cut the deficit by about 10 percent annually.

The council members will take their seats as the city prepares to launch into a campaign aimed at coating city streets with a sealant meant to protect them from wear. The city also is going to consider a street rehabilitation plan that will call for reconstructing city streets in worn condition.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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