We are glad to see the Calexico City Council has decided to disband the Calexico Housing Authority board of commissioners.
The housing board had become embroiled in recent years in petty politics and bickering that not only was hurting its functioning as a board but was endangering the well-being of the people who live in the authority's so-far still decent homes. How long those homes would have remained decent under the board of commissioners was starting to become a pressing question, as the board this year went through directors (allegedly) running the agency on a nearly monthly basis.
Calexico Mayor John Renison and City Manager Richard Inman were summoned to a meeting with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials last week. Inman said the talk turned into more of a "lecture" from HUD officials, who said the Calexico Housing Authority was on the verge of big trouble. The council was told it had two options: it could deep-six the housing board and take over the authority itself while it looked for "responsible management," or it could let the feds come in and run the authority.