By John Renison
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy and Properous New Year. Much has been accomplished at the County level and much more will be done this year regarding many health and economic issues affecting us. First of all I want to personally thank the media for their dedication during 2015 and the openness that they have demonstrated. I also want to thank the residents from District 1 from Calexico to Winterhaven for their input and suggestions. They are great. I have always stated that communication is the key to any success and I will continue to communicate the county message during 2016. Congratulations are in order to my fellow board members for their dedication and hard work especially on issues affecting our area. Major kudos to Ryan Kelley and the team for successfully lobbying the State of California and obtaining $80 million for the first phase of the Salton Sea Restoration project in the Governor’s budget. Much more good news is expected in the coming months.
Regarding the new Port of Entry funding, $98 million was appropriated for the first phase to be completed in March 2018. The second phase is pending but a front burner issue for the County team as we travel to Washington later this month to speak personally to our legislators in Homeland Security and GSA on the importance of this funding for Imperial County. The more efficient border accounts for millions of dollars in economic impact. This is a valley wide issue and deserves much attention.
Congratulations to the Brown Bag Coalition and the Homeless Task force members from Calexico who have dedicated “heart and soul” to assisting our community with and issue of great importance. They will be approaching the Board of Supervisors during 2016 for funding assistance to support their efforts. Speaking of funding, the Desert Girls Softball League and District 22 Little League will this month receive assistance from the County board for their programs benefitting hundreds of Calexico youth. This year you will see a lot of support for these programs. It is my hope that registration fees for deserving families can be reduced so that their childen can receive the full benefit.
A Veteran’s Service desk is to be opening this week at the Camarena Library. Stop by to see the new program. As a Vietnam Veteran I am pleased with this new program. I continual to have regular meeting with Mexican officials regarding the border and other issues. Contact me if I can be of any assistance. Remember, the best way to navigate the long border waits is thru the SENTRI trusted traveler program. Even though it might seem difficult and costly, over time it is a great investment. I also visit Channel 66 regularly on Monday mornings around 6:30 to update the public about happenings in Imperial County. Let me know any questions you may have.
In closing this week, once again it is my pleasure and honor to serve as your County Supervisor. Since 1996 I have served you either as City Councilmember, Mayor and now County Supervisor. Contact my office and speak to Alejandra if we can be of service. She can be contacted at 442-265-1021. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.