There are those people who wield power publicly and those who wield power behind the scenes.
No one has more power behind the scenes in Calexico than Raul Estrada, according to those in the know in Calexico. Never was that more in evidence than in last week's decision by the Calexico City Council to pay Estrada an extra $250,000 if he gets a hotel and restaurant built on property he intends to sell to developers.
So if this whole thing goes through, Estrada benefits triply, first by selling the land, second by having the city build roads to service that land (another part of the agreement) and third by collecting $250,000 from the city in connection with the deal once he sells the ground.
This is all part of a "settlement" the city agreed to with Estrada because it wrongly paved .73 of an acre of Estrada's land behind the Calexico 10 theater complex. Estrada threatened to sue the city over the paving.