EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved, at their regularly scheduled board meeting Tuesday, October 8, sending a letter to the first female mayor of Mexicali, Marina del Pilar Avila Olmeda, congratulating her on her new position. Supervisors expressed their interest in maintaining and building positive relationships with surrounding areas, including our southern neighbor.
The letter said, “On behalf of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, I wish to express our sincerest congratulations on your success in your recent election. We appreciate your hard work and commitment to serving the residents of our neighboring border city, Mexicali, Baja California.”
Olmeda officially took office October 1, and will remain until September 30, 2021. Olmeda said winning the election is a sign that Mexicans are looking for real change. She has also expressed her desire to generate construction projects for Mexicali with the support of federal and state government.
According to Imperial County supervisors, working together on projects that can benefit both sides of the border is a high priority. They have expressed their hope that showing support and congratulations to the newly elected mayor can develop a strong relationship and two sides of the border can come together to support each other.
The letter also included information about what Imperial County has to offer to the rest of the country and Mexico; including Imperial County’s commitment to fully fund the Calexico West Point of Entry expansion and renovation project, implementing the Salton Sea Management Program, and the restoration of the New River.
“As we proceed with advocating for our priorities, we hope to develop a productive partnership and work collaboratively with you and your administration in the years to come towards the betterment of both of our communities,” the letter stated.
Supervisor Jesus Escobar explained the importance of having a good relationship with the new official. He recommended conducting business with Mayor Olmeda in a 2-on-2 level, as is done with the Imperial Irrigation District and other counties and officials.
“We want to make sure that we’re on track to advocate for issues north and south of the border. At the end of the day, we have limited resources on both sides. We want to make sure that we push it to the next level,” said Escobar.
The letter congratulating Mayor Olmeda is set to be hand-delivered to her at her office.