Perez voted mayor pro-tem for city

Christopher Maher, Jim Wells County Correspondent

The San Diego City Council added several new tools to the San Diego Police Department Wednesday, by voting to authorize the purchase of two new vehicles and the hiring of a new patrol officer for the city.

The council voted to purchase two new fully equipped Ford patrol cars, at a cost of $69,600. Prior to that vote, the council rescinded an October 2006 vote to purchase two new Dodge Magnum Chargers.

Police Chief Joe Olvera said Wednesday the Dodge vehicles would have cost the city $46,994 without the necessary equipment to operate as a patrol vehicle, while the new Ford vehicles will be ready for service when they arrive.

The council also voted to hire Daniel Beltran as a new patrol officer for the city. Beltran previously served with the Refugio Police Department.

Olvera, who was promoted to police chief in November, said the new additions will help the department better serve the community.

"This is going to help us out a lot," Olvera said.

In other personnel business, the council also voted to hire Brenda Perez as a full-time EMS worker for the city.

The council voted unanimously to select Juan A. Perez as the new mayor pro-tem for the council. Oscar Hughes, the previous mayor pro-tem, nominated Perez for the position, explaining to the council that since Perez received the highest number of votes in the most recent election he should hold the position on the council.

The council also voted to place a dead-end street sign at the corner of Mier and Theodore streets, and voted to accept a roadway donated to the city.

The roadway, which was originally donated more than 30 years ago but was never officially accepted by the city, was named Tunchez Street, in honor of the donor, Arnoldo Tunchez.

The council also received an update from architect Nora Parizot on the status of the proposed new city hall for San Diego. Parizot said the United States Department of Agriculture, which is providing a loan for the purchase of the new building, is currently reviewing plans for the new facility and is expected to return those plans in the next few weeks.