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Rojas resigns Housing Authority post, chairman follows her lead

April 12, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Chairman Jesus "Chuy" Solano resigned from the Calexico Housing Authority board of commissioners at the beginning of Thursday night's meeting after the board was told interim authority Executive Director Christina Rojas had resigned.

Solano's resignation won't be official until he files a written letter to the authority's new interim executive director, Humberto Celaya, formerly the administration's program coordinator for the transitional housing program. The board gave Celaya a 90-day contract.

According to an administration staffer, Rojas will likely return to her old job of housing director.

Solano said he resigned because he was tired of the "nonsense."

"We put our personal interests before the community's," he said.

After the meeting, Commissioner Robert Morales was asked when the board is planning to hire a permanent executive director. Morales said he expects Celaya to stay on for the duration of his 90-day contract.


Meanwhile, new Chairwoman Irene Hueso-Mora said she took exception to Solano's "nonsense" comment and his contention she and Commissioner Adriana Esparza would have known about Rojas' recent training trip to Las Vegas if they had attended a previous meeting.

At the last board meeting, Hueso-Mora was shocked to learn that Rojas was in Las Vegas attending training instead of at the meeting.

Hueso-Mora said there was no quorum at the meeting Solano referred to and the item regarding Rojas' trip wasn't on the agenda that she saw.

While Rojas is within her rights to attend training without board approval according to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations she is not allowed to leave for training according to the Calexico Housing Authority bylaws.

Hueso-Mora thinks until the authority's bylaws are changed all trips should be approved by the board because in the past, executive directors would send only a small handful of favored staffers to training.

Commissioner Daniel Santillan said the board will have a special meeting soon to discuss changing the bylaws.

Solano said he thinks the City Council should take over the board and negotiate those new bylaws with HUD officials so when the bylaws are revised the Calexico Housing Authority will be in total compliance with federal regulations. He doesn't think the current board can get it done.

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