The insurance authority keeping close eye on Calexico


CALEXICO, Calif. – The California Joint Powers Insurance Authority is among the many who are monitoring Calexico.

They’ve put Calexico on alert.

They’re glad Calexico’s making positive changes but the latest arguments between a couple of council members and the community after the State of the City address doesn’t help the city move forward.


“Council members are representatives of the people.  They are elected by the people.  Sometimes they take actions.  We all have to live with those consequences,” JPIA Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Shull.

JPIA has commended the city for becoming more transparent with the hiring of the interim city manager and police chief.


“I think the fact that the city contacted the Department of Justice to have them come to do an assessment reflects the city’s interest in getting to the root of the challenges,” Shull said.

Challenges of infighting among the council members they’ve experienced throughout the passed few years.


“I think from our perspective is that the city learn to govern itself appropriately,” Shull said.


“It’s not about personality differences.  It’s not about what we are being told necessarily to do.  It’s about looking at the big picture of what Calexico’s going through t this given time,” Council woman Maritza Hurtado said.


About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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