Apparently there are many members of the public, including a local attorney and an editorial writer, who are unaware of the fact El Centro Regional Medical Center is owned and operated by the city of El Centro. Why is that important? In your editorial of June 14 concerning the Calexico city attorney you stated: "And as Rood pointed out, Calexico's legal budget is half that of El Centro's and the difference in size of the cities and the size of their government functions is nowhere that."
Unfortunately, your editorial was well as your newspaper's recent articles that mention the differences in budget between the Calexico and El Centro city attorney's offices fail to provide some important facts. The city of El Centro employs two full-time in-house attorneys who work exclusively for the city of El Centro and its agencies. The attorneys for El Centro have a combined 43-plus years of municipal law experience. In addition to the city of El Centro, the city attorney's office provides legal counsel to El Centro Regional Medical Center, all of its departments and the board of trustees of ECRMC. ECRMC has an ongoing $30 million expansion and modernization project and an annual operating budget in excess of $100 million.