From the daily archives: Thursday, December 3, 2009
Greg and Michelle Tribado, from Brawley performed at the Farmer's Market in Imperial. They are seen here singing Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's "I need you." Photos by Jorge Villalobos.

Greg and Michelle Tribado, from Brawley performed at the Farmer's Market in Imperial. They are seen here singing Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's "I need you." Photos by Jorge Villalobos.

Representing the Chamber of Commerce, of Imperial are Sharon Concord, Gloria Silva and Betty Parrish. The three ladies helped organize the event through advertising, word of mouth and handling the vendors.

Representing the Chamber of Commerce, of Imperial are Sharon Concord, Gloria Silva and Betty Parrish. The three ladies helped organize the event through advertising, word of mouth and handling the vendors.

Lindsay Dale buys a few produce items such as carrots, onions and peppers from Demi Jackson and Jeff Dale. This is the second time this season that they've come out to support the Farmer's Market.

Lindsay Dale buys a few produce items such as carrots, onions and peppers from Demi Jackson and Jeff Dale. This is the second time this season that they've come out to support the Farmer's Market.

Analia Navarez  with her daughters,  Jaquelyn, three years old and Sofia, six years old take a train ride through the Farmer's Market. The train was driven by Sussy Roveva, it was a main attraction at the market, attracting people of all ages, families of all sizes.

Analia Navarez with her daughters, Jaquelyn, three years old and Sofia, six years old take a train ride through the Farmer's Market. The train was driven by Sussy Roveva, it was a main attraction at the market, attracting people of all ages, families of all sizes.

By Jorge Villalobos
This past Tuesday, the City of Imperial held their second Farmer’s Market event .  The event ran from 4:00 pm through 8:00 pm and featured a plethora of vendor booths, attractions and entertainment.   People of all ages and families of all sizes were invited to partake in the festivities, there was something for everyone.
The main entertainment consisted of Greg and Michelle Tribado, two singers and entertainers from Brawley. They made sure the crowd was up and dancing as they sang various country/western songs, they even sang a couple of duets such as Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “I need you.”
What’s become a common attraction these days, for anyone who frequents the mall, is that little train that can. The train made an appearance at the Farmer’s Market; it was driven by Suzy Roveva. The little train gave people of all ages a tour of the Farmer’s Market as it snaked its way through booths and people.
The Chamber of Commerce set up shop at the event,  “It takes about an hour, for us to get the tents up and get the wares out and everybody is here usually right on time,” explained Sharon Concord. Any vendors wanting to get in on the action for December 17 are invited to contact the Chamber of Commerce. “Please come out, get your Christmas pies and buy your Christmas gifts, It’s a great opportunity to get your Christmas shopping started, and have a good time at the same time,”  smiled Concord.

 

By Mario Conde

Juan Carlos Gonzalez(2)The Calexico City Council voted to repeal an ordinance that prohibits former council members to get a job for five years after they leave office.

The “City Council-eligibility For Future City Employment” ordinance was changed last December as a request from Councilman Daniel Romero to prohibit former Calexico Council members not being eligible for appointment to a job as City Manager or Department head for four years after leaving office.  His proposal was to eliminate any influence that a former council member could have that could result in a conflict of interest.

The ordinance was passed unanimously on December 2, 2008.

According to City Attorney Jennifer Lyon, State Law does not specifically address the issue of outgoing council members seeking employment with the City except to the extent that government code section 1090 prohibits council members from arraigning for future employments with the City while the councilmember is still in office.  Lyon also said in her report that the government code prohibits outgoing council members from being paid to lobby the City on behalf of another person/entity within one year of leaving office.

Mayor David Ouzan said that this ordinance is unfair because it blocks job opportunities that are open for people to apply. He argued that other cities in California have a one year waiting clause for former council members to be hired by the City. With that said Mayor Ouzan made a motion to repeal this ordinance and was second by Mayor pro ter John Moreno.

Councilman Romero said that there was a difference between being unfair and maintaining the ordinance that is good for the City. He told Ouzan that the City of El Centro has a five year clause for former council members. Romero concluded by saying that he supports the continuance of this ordinance. The Council voted 4-1 in favor or repealing the ordinance. With the elimination of this ordinance, former council members such as John Renison, Carmen Durazo, and Lewis Pacheco would be eligible for employment at the City of Calexico.

In other items, newly elected Councilman Guillermo Hermosillo declared vacancies on all City Boards, Commissions, and Committees, except on the historical and personnel commission, that former councilman Fuentes appointed and directed City Clerk’s office to advertize vacancies for appointment to be made at next council meeting.

Councilman Luis Castro appointed 2010 City Council candidate Ulises Cardenas to the planning commission filling the spot the Councilman Hermosillo left when he was appointed to City Council.

 

By Mario Conde

The Calexico Firefighter and Police Athletic Association will be hosting its first annual BBQ Tri-tip Cook-Off.

tritip100% of the proceeds raised by the organization will all be given to the Calexico Police Athletic Association which seeks to improve the quality of life and social well being of the youth community in Calexico and will use proceeds to improve the location of the recreation structures, fields, parks, within the City and within the Redevelopment Area where the youth participate in such activities which assists with the elimination of blight within an adjacent to the Redevelopment Area because it keeps kids interested  in productive activities  and off the streets  and blighted neighborhoods.

There will be family entertainment for all ages, live music, and door prizes. The event starts 12 noon at Crummet Park in Calexico.

For more information call Rudy at 760-679-6354.

 

By Mario Conde

calexicoThe Calexico City Council approved Tuesday annual assessment fees for the Calexico Business Improvement District for Calendar year 2010.

The Council held a public hearing Tuesday and adopted a resolution assessing the levy of the downtown parking and Business Improvement District for 2010. The assessments may only be used for promotion, marketing, and advertising of professional and retail businesses located in the BID. All businesses located in the BID are to be assessed $100 each for 2010. The collection will start January 1, 2009.

In a report made by the Calexico Redevelopment Agency on behalf of the BID Advisory Board says that the estimated expenditures for activities and improvements for next year to be $80,000. $53,000 is the estimated amount that will be carried over the present year, which includes amounts from other sources such as fees paid for booth rentals, promotional sponsorships, in-kind sponsorships, and Calexico Redevelopment Agency financial assistance.

The estimated amount to be collected in the assessments is estimated to be $27,500. The assessment calculated on 275 business licenses at $100 each. The amount estimated to be available for BID activities is $80,500 for 2010.

Maria Gonzalez who owns a business on Third and Imperial Ave. spoke opposing to this assessment saying that when there are events in downtown they block their street and affect negatively to their business. She said that Imperial Ave. does not have sufficient parking for customers and events made by the BID takes away customers from them. She questioned why to pay $100 when Imperial Avenue does not benefit from it.

BID Chairman Eduardo Lopez spoke in favor of this initiative and invited Maria Gonzalez to work with the Business Improvement District to work for a common cause and that is to have people shop in Calexico and support local businesses.

Mayor David Ouzan said that he will appoint someone to the BID that is a merchant in Imperial Ave. so they can give them a voice. He said that what benefits downtown should benefit Imperial Avenue as well. Mayor Pro Term John Moreno agreed that the City has forgotten about the “main drag” of Calexico and suggested to have more events on Imperial since there are lots commercial opportunities to support.

The Council approved the item with the condition that there is a plan to benefit Imperial Avenue as well.

 

Keep your holidays injury-free with these important safety tips from Safe Kids USA and the United States Fire Administration

christmas-decorations-3Washington, DC In addition to food, family, and gifts, decorations are one of the reasons that many look forward to the holiday season. While candles, Christmas trees, and other decorations are part of the holiday spirit, they can pose fire and poisoning hazards, especially to curious children. Safe Kids USA and the United States Fire Administration remind parents and caregivers to take a few precautions when decorating for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other festivities.

Wintertime is the most dangerous time of the year for injuries and deaths from fire. Each year, approximately 450 children ages 14 and under die in residential fires; children under the age of 5 are at the greatest risk. “Never, never leave lit candles unattended,” says Suzanne Morton, Safe Kids USA fire and burn safety program manager. “Don’t put candles on a tree or a natural wreath, or near curtains or drapes, and keep matches and lighters locked out of reach of children.”

In 2005, candles started an estimated 15,600 home fires in the United States, and the top four days for candle fires are around Christmas and New Year’s, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Battery-operated flameless candles are an alternative that does not have a fire risk. Decorative lighting should be labeled with the seal of an independent testing lab and should only be used outdoors if it’s labeled for outdoor use.

“I am pleased to join with Safe Kids USA to raise the level of awareness about the potential dangers during the holiday season,” said U.S. Fire Administrator, Kelvin J. Cochran.  “Make sure your smoke alarms are working and that your children can hear them while they are sleeping; make and practice a home fire escape plan; and follow basic safety tips regarding holiday decorating.”

If you decorate a tree, Safe Kids USA and the USFA recommend these precautions:

· Never leave a lighted Christmas tree or other decorative lighting display unattended. Inspect lights for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections, and broken sockets. Do not overload extension cords or outlets and do not run an electrical cord under a rug.

· Natural Christmas trees always involve some risk of fire. To minimize the risk, get a fresh tree and keep it watered at all times. Do not put the tree within three feet of a fireplace, space heater, radiator, or heat vent.

· Decorate with children in mind. Do not put ornaments that have small parts or metal hooks, or look like food or candy, on the lower branches where small children can reach them. Trim protruding branches at or below a child’s eye level, and keep lights out of reach.

· Do not burn Christmas tree branches, treated wood, or wrapping paper in a home fireplace.

Safe Kids USA also offers these tips to prevent poisoning:

· Keep alcohol (including baking extracts) out of reach and do not leave alcoholic drinks unattended.

· Color additives used in fireplace fires are a toxic product and should be stored out of reach. Artificial snow can be harmful if inhaled, so use it in a well-vented space.

· Mistletoe berries, Holly Berry and Jerusalem Cherry can be poisonous. If they are used in decorating, make sure children and pets cannot reach it.

· In a poison emergency, call the national Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.

For more information about holiday safety, call 202-662-0600 or visit the fire and poisoning prevention pages at www.usa.safekids.org. For in-depth fire safety information, visit the USFA’s fire safety Web site at www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens.

 
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