Sen. Ben Hueso, D-Chula Vista, recently sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown encouraging him and his administration to offer relief to the city of Brawley following the announcement of the National Beef Packing Co. closure in April.
The letter emphasizes the "devastating blow" to Imperial Valley's economy, the beef plant's immediate loss of 1,300 employees and the impact to their families.
He states that Brawley's economy has still not recovered from earlier events such as the 2012 earthquake that "destroyed homes and affected some of the most vulnerable residents of the community" as well as the 2013 series of arson attacks that destroyed some businesses in the downtown core and a $1 million penalty against the city for "retroactive wastewater and regulatory issues tied with National Beef."
"I stand with our residents of the Imperial County and the city of Brawley today to ask for your assistance in keeping National Beef in our district," Hueso writes.
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