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8/2/2013 6:00:00 AM
Chuckawalla warden speaks at Rotary
Photo special to the TimesGonzalez (pictured left) and Rotary International – Blythe President Wayne Cuisck (center) and CVSP Community Resource Manager Kenny Kalian after Wednesday’s Rotary meeting where Gonzalez spoke.
Photo special to the Times

Gonzalez (pictured left) and Rotary International – Blythe President Wayne Cuisck (center) and CVSP Community Resource Manager Kenny Kalian after Wednesday’s Rotary meeting where Gonzalez spoke.

BLYTHE - Chuckawalla Valley State Prison Warden A. Maurice Gonzalez was Wednesday's guest speaker at Rotary International-Blythe's weekly meeting.

Gonzalez spoke highly of his staff and community support. Having served seven years at CVSP, Gonzalez was appointed as the facility's warden last month. Gonzalez spoke proudly of CVSP's accomplishments and current challenges due to the state realignment and other medical needs of prisoners.

This facility provides over $140 million dollars each year in employee compensation with a little over half of the employees living in the Palo Verde Valley.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013
Article comment by: Eddy McGillicutty

The number from the prison inmate population is added to town's existing population in determining the size of the school's, road usage, fire station allocation, etc., all which get $$ from the State and Federal funds. If you were to take away the prisons the town would probably have to close at least half of the school district's classrooms as well as at least 1 fire station. Then add in the local businesses that would be affected. The town would have to really raise the property taxes to make up the difference. It's typical that any town with a prison nearby doesn't like the effects from the prison but loves the $$ it brings into the city's coiffures.

Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013
Article comment by: To How About That

That's an easy question to answer. The money doesn't benefit our local little town, it lines the pockets of our City Manager, Police Chief and the rest of the powers to be employed by the City of Blythe. Talk about over paid, and the voters let them get away with it.

Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Article comment by: How About That!

@Eddy Can anyone tell the good people of Blythe what these 'allocations' are doing for little old city of Blythe? Good things like, road improvements? Or just money to make people go crazy and spend it on plans for new off ramps to lead to nowhere'sville or perhaps a visitor center. C'mon, help me out. Where's the money and what good has come from it if it is allocated? Some of it has a use it or lose it clause. Help me out.

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
Article comment by: Get Away

Gonzo and Kenny get away from Cusick before they start talking bad about you for being seen with him. Hurry, run!

Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013
Article comment by: Eddy McGillicutty

Not only does the employee's salaries help the community, but the prison's population is included into Blythe's for allocation of state and federal funds.



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