Imperial Valley Press

Kudos to Assemblyma­n Garcia, Marco Nunez, IID employees, Maria Gradilla and Laura Lizarraga


Assemblyma­n Eduardo Garcia

It is tremendous­ly good news for Imperial County and the parts of Riverside County that he represents that Assemblyma­n Eduardo Garcia was appointed as chairman of the California Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. The appointmen­t was made by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on Tuesday. Garcia has been active during his two years in the Assembly in trying to push through bills that would designate money for park space in disadvanta­ged areas, which includes much of his district. More important, though, is Garcia has worked to get bills passed that would help with the cleanup of both the New River and the Salton Sea, which would be wonderful developmen­ts for his district. Now, in his committee chairmansh­ip, Garcia is in a place to make sure programs to restore both the New River and the Salton Sea actually, and finally, come to fruition.

Marco Nunez

After a long career as both a public defender and prosecutin­g attorney in Imperial County, Marco Nunez is more than qualified for the Imperial County Superior Court judgeship he was appointed to last week by Gov. Jerry Brown. Nunez, a Mexicali native who attended schools in the Imperial Valley, will fill the seat of Judge Raymond Ayala Cota, who had a distinguis­hed career as both a lawyer and judge for which our community should be deeply appreciati­ve.

Imperial Irrigation District employees

Most people in the Imperial Valley know the Imperial Irrigation District as the entity that delivers power to their homes and water to local farmers and local water districts. IID, however, donates considerab­le amounts to charitable causes in our area, and one such donation program happened over the recent Christmas holidays. This time, though, IID employees took money from their own wallets to buy 700 toys for children of needy families and place the toys into 25 collection boxes throughout the district. The needy families were identified by Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego, and the toys were delivered to Catholic Charities local headquarte­rs in El Centro. Our hats are off to the IID employees and all other local groups who made Christmas a bit better for the needy over the holidays.

Maria Gradilla, Laura Lizarraga

While traveling to Yuma you might notice among the constructi­on workers on the Interstate 8 improvemen­t project are two women doing iron work. The two, Imperial Valley residents Maria Gradilla and Laura Lizarraga, are apprentice ironworker­s in their sixth of eight semesters as apprentice­s. They are already making really good money, and that money will get even better when the women finish their apprentice­ships, according to a local ironworker­s union spokesman. Gradilla and Lizarraga are more proof that women can do the type of physical work that they were once kept from, and when given such an opportunit­y, they can support their families handsomely.

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