Wednesday Night the Imperial Beach City Council Voted to Extend the State of Emergency for Transborder Tijuana River Pollution
Mar 03, 2017 12:54AM
● By Paul Spear
Wednesday Night the Imperial Beach City Council Voted to Extend the State of Emergency for Transborder Tijuana River Pollution that it had Approved at its January 18th Council Meeting.In an unanimous vote the City Council approved a measure to extend a State of Emergency in Imperial Beach due to the sewage and trash overflow from the Tijuana River into Imperial Beach. If necessary, they will plan to renew it every 30 days as required by law until this problem no longer exists.
Resolution No. 2017-7762 to proclaim a state of local emergency related to the discharge of untreated wastewater in the Tijuana River and directed the City Manager to forward the resolution to federal and state agencies and to request the Governor of the State of California to proclaim a state of emergency because the city lacks the resources to cope with the emergency pursuant to Government code Section 8625(c) and IBMC Section 2.52.060(B).
This would allow California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a State of Emergency and request help from FEMA for Imperial Beach. Although its been over a month and no such declaration has been made yet. It would also allow them to make necessary repairs and fixes without having to get regulatory approval for the repairs. An example would be last years closing of the Tijuana River Mouth where they had to wait to get regulatory approval before they could reopen the rivermouth that had closed up during a storm.
Under Law, the City is Required to renew any State of Emergency every 30 days as long as the emergency still exists. It is there plan to do renew the State of Emergency every 30 days for the foreseeable future.
Paul Spear, Editor, DigImperialBeach.com