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Council to rule on housing board

May 06, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CaLEXICO — The City Council here will rule on the fate of the Calexico Housing Authority's board of commissioners … again.

Late last year and last summer, the council voted to allow the authority's board of commissioners to remain in place while its activities were monitored closely instead of replacing the board with itself.

At the recent meetings that have been monitored by councilmen, the chairman of the board, Jesus "Chuy" Solano resigned, the interim executive director, Christina Rojas, resigned and her replacement, Humberto Celaya, was replaced after one week on the job because the board thought Celaya, a housing resident, had a conflict of interest.

Meanwhile, the board voted to re-advertise for a permanent executive director after it was unable to come to terms with any of six candidates. In addition, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently gave the authority a list of 29 problems that needed to be corrected — by today.


In response to the recent turmoil and the time-sensitive nature of HUD's request, Mayor John Renison and City Manager Richard Inman will travel to Los Angeles on Tuesday to meet with HUD officials and listen to their recommendations.

The men will relay that information to the rest of the council, according to the agenda for Tuesday's meeting.

The council meets at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 608 Heber Ave. Before discussing the authority board's fate, the council could:

· vote to approve the recordation of final maps for new housing units of the West Meadows Village subdivision in the northeast part of town and the Las Brisas subdivision in the southeast part of town.

· approve plans for a city-wide bicycle path and allow staffers to apply for money to build one.

· reject claims: "Granite Construction Inc. and Valley Forge Insurance Co. vs. City" and "A. Cabello vs. City." There was no information regarding the claims in the backup materials accompanying the council agenda.

· accept $100,000 from the state COPS grant funds to hire two new police officers. According to Renison, the department is nearly at full-staffing.

· approve resolutions naming May as "Veterans Appreciation Month" and "Dianetics Month."

· approve plans to apply for thousands of dollars to build new bus stop benches.

· discuss replacing all of the city's parking meters.

· vote to buy two Cushman scooters for the Calexico Police Department's traffic controllers.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

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