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Imperial Valley Press - Filner Reveals His Predictions for County's Future

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Filner reveals his predictions for county's future

By ROBERT S. HONG, Staff Writer

With one of the most recognizable names in the Valley, Congressman Bob Filner has been an active force in Imperial County for the past four years.

Running for a third term in the 51st Congressional District in November, he said his days are full from early morning to late into the evening.

Over his two terms serving Valley residents, Filner said he has seen tens of millions of dollars come into local infrastructure and plans to move bring in even more in the future. At present, he said he is looking to find solutions to saving the Salton Sea, declaring war on asthma and making gains in health care.

With constant meetings and trips between the Valley and San Diego, Filner refers to his job as "grueling but exhilarating."

The Press caught up with Filner earlier this week and presented him some questions on how he sees the Valley now and what plans and predictions he has for the future.

Q. What changes have you seen in the Valley since you have been our congressman?

A. Economic growth — and a sense of optimism throughout the Valley.

Q. What would you like to see brought in or are working to bring to the Valley?

A. Jobs, jobs, jobs. Access to quality health care and education for all. A clean New River, a healthy Salton Sea, and an end to asthma.

Q. How have bills you have worked on or are working on going to affect the Valley's future?

A. We are working with other Valley public officials at all levels of government for economic development, greater access to quality health care for all (with special emphasis on veterans), environmental clean-up, border-crossing efficiency and improved education.

Q. Where do you see the Valley in 20 years?

A. (Having) a regional international airport anchoring economic opportunity for all.

A vibrant and thriving border economy — with no air or water pollution crossing the border. A world-renowned eco-tourism destination — with people coming to enjoy the desert, the sand dunes, Indian archaeology, the nation's largest geothermal operations and the shopping, artist colonies, bird-watching, fishing, boating and swimming offered at the new gem of the Valley — the Salton Sea.

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