Mex­i­cali Brief

Imperial Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - — Ar­turo Bo­jorquez, abo­jorquez@iv­pres­son­

 Emer­gency su­per cen­ter ap­proved.

State Assem­bly mem­bers ap­proved, with an 18-6 vote, a bill that cre­ates a new su­per emer­gency cen­ter named C5i.

The bill was in­tro­duced by Assem­bly­woman Iraís Vásquez. Law­mak­ers with the gov­ern­ing Na­tional Ac­tion Party and of the In­sti­tu­tional Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Party voted for the con­tro­ver­sial bill that had sparked crit­i­ciz­ing from busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions and ac­tivists.

The cen­ter in­cludes hun­dreds of sur­veil­lance cam­eras, panic and emer­gency but­tons and other pre­ven­tive fea­tures.

Ac­cord­ing to the bill’s text, the goal is to re­duce the record-break­ing crime rates.

The new su­per cen­ter will cost 690 mil­lion pe­sos or $38.3 mil­lion over the next decade.

Left­ist law­mak­ers Clau­dia Agatón and Rocío López voted in fa­vor of the bill. State Sec­re­tary of Gov­ern­ment Fran­cisco Rueda con­grat­u­lated law­mak­ers for ap­prov­ing the cen­ter.

Mem­bers of the Mex­i­cali Re­siste move­ment protested at the Leg­isla­tive build­ing when the bill was un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. The Assem­bly has ap­proved all bills sent by Gov. Fran­cisco Vega, Rueda said.

The Cit­i­zen Pub­lic Safety coun­cil said the state needs more po­lice of­fi­cers and ap­pro­pri­ate pro­to­col to ad­dress pub­lic safety is­sues be­fore build­ing a new emer­gency cen­ter. So­cial En­counter Party spokesman Aaron Pal­lares said the state in­curs in ad­di­tional debt by pri­va­tiz­ing pub­lic safety.

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