Royal Sage appointed Calipatria mayor

April 25, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — The City Council here has appointed Royal Sage as mayor for the next year and Thelma Baker as mayor pro tem.

In addition, the newest member of the council Lea Anne (Watte) O'Malley, and incumbents Lee Vasquez and Fred Beltran were seated for four-year terms at a council meeting Tuesday.

City Treasurer Sylvia Thomas, who ran unopposed for her position, also was sworn in to a four-year term.

Sage will replace Beltran as mayor.

"I think it's an honor," Sage said this morning. "I just hope I can stand up to what the city wants me to do."


He added his goal is to promote growth and continue to work on the city's image.

Sage said he would like to focus on bringing an RV park to the city. He said when he ran for election to the council three years ago he campaigned for an RV park. He said now he would like to try to make that happen to attract more snowbird business.

Sage added Calipatria is experiencing residential growth and he thinks it is possible to attract more business to the city.

"I think there is a good chance to bring more business," he said.

Sage said he would like to work with the California Department of Transportation or whatever agency it would be necessary to speak with to place on the Highway 86 expressway a sign stating how many miles it is to Calipatria.

He said the current sign on the interstate makes reference to Calipatria without stating the miles. He said with the miles included more people might take notice of Calipatria and drive through the city.

Another issue facing the city is a deficit of about $900,000.

Sage said the city has a handle on the deficit and is confident under City Manager Romualdo Medina, the deficit will continue to be reduced a bit at a time each year. He added the deficit will not hurt city services.

Sage credited Police Chief Reggie Gomez for his work in rebuilding the Police Department, adding the city has good police protection.

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

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