We were among those who predicted that the Calexico City Council's kowtowing to developers on the whole Bravo-Rodiles mess would ultimately prove ugly for the city of Calexico.
It didn't take long for it to get there.
What happened with the Bravo-Rodiles situation — the condensed version, anyway — is property owners and their employees tried to push through a development project with a far-from-adequate environmental impact report. The Calexico Planning Commission denied the development plans, but the City Council, under threat of a lawsuit and with things stacked against it, ultimately approved the plans.
We were among those who said city officials had managed to back themselves into a corner because of various mistakes and would not be able to extricate themselves without a bloody, costly fight. We said at that point the city's best move was just to approve the project. And overall the commercial/residential development should be something good for Calexico, despite the planning shortcomings.