It is unfortunate that Brawley's bid to obtain a state enterprise designation does not seem to be moving in the right direction, having stalled in the state Senate Housing Committee.
However, all hopes have not been dashed and there still is a chance Brawley could be successful. To do that it will take a battle in the Legislature, but Brawley has done that before and succeeded.
It seems a bit shortsighted of the state Senate if it does not allow Brawley to form an enterprise zone. If the lobbyist for the city, Bill Dohring, is right that legislators are skittish of taking such an action because of the expected state deficit, our state leaders are missing the larger picture.
Brawley is in a state of growth and that is that only benefits the state. We recently have seen the opening of Brawley Beef, which has created 600 jobs and played a leading role in drastically reducing the Imperial Valley unemployment rate. And there is more growth to come in Brawley as other business ventures are taking shape.