The agenda item’s report was created at the request of Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Romero and councilwoman Maritza Hurtado.
It was placed on the city’s Web site at his request, but “the posting of the mayor’s letter on the city Web site has generated concerns from other members of the council,” according to the report.
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This led to discussion about the need to adopt a city Web site policy. The city’s Web site was launched in 2000 but has no policy regarding content.
The proposed policy would include limits such as no content that “contains editorial content or statements of opinion, rather than factual information” or that “violates any of the city’s equal opportunity policies,” according to the report.
It also provides that the city manager, or his or her designee, will make final approval on Web site content unless otherwise referred to City Council.
In Castro’s letter, he cites past budget shortfalls, public safety overtime and reduced state and county revenue as factors for the city’s “severe ‘financial and fiscal crisis.’”
“Since I was appointed Mayor, expenses have not been reduced as I see it. Furthermore, the last fiscal year did not see a reduction in expenditures,” Castro wrote.
He wrote that he expects the city manager to present a report “to prove to our residents that the city has seen a reduction in expenditures since last fiscal year, 2010-2011.”
The city’s Friday furloughs were also discussed, and Castro said he’s working with the city manager to return to 80-hour work weeks and reopening City Hall on Fridays.
Castro’s 27-bulletpoint vision for Calexico’s future includes items such as affordable housing and more senior apartments, flag football leagues, extension of the airport runway and reducing “excessive” legal expenses.
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