Police Briefs

City of Holtville

December 4

It was reported that a male and female couple are having an intense and loud argument, though the matter was not known the caller is afraid that they may get physical, both subjects were counseled and separated, they were sent home.

It was reported, that the caller’s brick fence which is in the back of his home facing the alley was vandalized with graffiti using spray paint, the caller believes it happened sometime late in the evening, a report was taken.

Santa’s List Of Most Requested Gifts

Imperial Valley Mall Reveals Santa’s List Of Most Requested Gifts

Tie-Gift-Box-Scratch worry off the holiday gift giving list this season. Santa is taking a load off parents and spouses by revealing his secret list of “must-have” gifts for 2009. While fun and functional electronics top the list again this year, gifts with a personal touch never go out of style. Whether you have a Super Mom, Active Retiree, Trendsetter or Adventurer on your list, there’s something for everyone at Imperial Valley Mall.
· Urban traveler – Whether a busy mom, techie teen or somewhere in between, gift givers can’t go wrong with compact and functional electronics. Mini laptops/Netbooks, Portable GPS Navigator Systems, multi-functional mobile phones and other customizable mini devices are both fun and functional. Gifts are available at Cellular Connection, Clear Talk and Sprint/Nextel.
·         Active Retiree – Think on-the-go gifts for today’s active retirees. Athletic apparel, travel cases for jewelry and other personal effects, and gardening accessories are great bets for this group. Travel cases available at Macy’s, JCPenney and Dillard’s. VIP Sports Wear and Unlimited Active Wear have a great selection of athletic apparel.
· The Adventurer – Handheld GPS trackers, camping gear and outdoor apparel, portable alarm clocks and travel guides top their list. Find these gifts at Sears.
· The Thinker – Consider gifts that last all year long for this group. The Kindle Wireless Reading Device, books, or crossword or Sudoku Day-by-Day desk calendars are a great fit. Try Clara’s Hallmark for these great gifts!
· The Guy’s Guy – Check out sports team hats and apparel, Blu-ray disc players, BBQ accessories, multi-tools for these men on your list. Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s and Sears have a good selection of small electronics and gadgets for men. Lids is the best place for a hat for that favorite team!
·  The Super Mom – Select something personal for these special ladies. Consider day planners or electronic organizers, personalized jewelry, personalized family photo frames and manicure/pedicure gift certificates. Gifts for engraving are available at Things Remembered or try a little pampering with a gift certificate from Davi Nails, MasterCuts, Nail Crafters or Trade Secret.
· The Gearhead – A wide variety of multi-functional electronics are available for the techies who like to have the latest technology. The cell phone sized mini camcorders and sleek touchscreen MP3 players that stream podcasts and play HD video as well as they play music are the hot ticket. Check out fye for a variety of great electronic gift ideas.
· The Urban Sophisticate – Look for trendy accessories like stylish ties and evening clutches, or look at the hottest makeup colors and tools. Home décor and barware are what’s on tap for this group. Fashion Blessings and Petite Boutique have a great collection of accessories! Or find an evening clutch at Express. Paloma’s Interiors, Macy’s and Dillard’s are the stores to shop for home décor items.
·  The Gaming Guru – From Xbox to Wii, the game consoles get better every year and feature relatively inexpensive add-ons to keep the games challenging year after year. And don’t forget the portable ones like the Sony PSP to the Nintendo DS, and accessories like headphones. Available at Game Stop or check out fye for gently used games.
· The Domestic Diva – Stylish serving pieces, cookbooks and stands, candles and home accessories are hits with these special ladies. Go straight to Paloma’s Interiors for these easy to find gifts or check out the candles available at Bath & Body Works.

Congressional Testimony

Statement Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

December 9, 2009

Good afternoon Mr. Chairman, Senator Sessions, Senator Kaufman, and distinguished members of the Committee. I want to thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today about the FBI’s ongoing efforts to combat significant financial crimes.

As we all know, financial fraud, to include mortgage, corporate, and securities fraud, were not the primary sources of the current financial crisis; collectively however, these frauds have significantly impacted the U.S. housing and financial markets.

Christmas In The Park Dec. 17th

Holtville Chamber Of Commerce To Host ‘Christmas In
The Park’ Dec. 17th

DSC_2030The Holtville Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas in the Park Thursday, Dec. 17th.
It will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be highlighted by a visit from Santa Claus.
Santa will arrive by firetruck at approximately 6:30 p.m. and set up shop on the steps of City Hall, if he follows the tradition of past visits.
In addition, the Holtville High School Band and Chorus will stage their Christmas concert  in the gazebo with songs of Holiday cheer and others fitting to the season.
Other activities include prize giveaways throughout the evening with drawings taking place every half hour or less. Gifts have been donated by local merchants.
Details on other party plans were not complete before we printed the paper. But you can come and find out for yourself Thursday evening.
Everyone from the community is invited to attend this annual event.

Supervisors Continue Rule 310 Fee Plan

Supervisors Continue Rule 310 Fee Plan Despite Fuentes Objections

By Mario Conde
After a lengthy discussion by the County Board of Supervisors, the board approved the continuance of the 50% reduction in Rule 310 Operational Development Fees.
In an item brought up by Air Pollution Control Manager, Brad Poiriez, said that Imperial County has been designated as “Serious” for dust contamination. The adoption of the Operation Development Fees in 2007 was to provide a means to attain health-based ambient air quality and to protect the residents of Imperial County from harmful effects of poor air quality in the future.
Poiriez said that this will allow the Air Pollution Control District to maintain a program that ensures that acceptable levels of emission reductions are met and mitigations are enforced. The continuance of Rule 310 is also requested because of the current economic crisis in the Imperial Valley the housing and commercial development markets have decrease substantially. As a result,Poiriez, said, there is a lessening need for some mitigation measures to be implemented immediately. The Air Pollution Control District considers mitigation of air quality impacts both new and in the future to be the utmost importance and therefore recommends that nay reduction in the fee be on a temporary basis.
Supervisor Louis Fuentes said that people from the private sector approached him and said to be concerned with this 50% reduction and said that in order to grab more investments to the County, they need to have attractive benefits.
Fuentes made a motion to change the language of the ordinance by changing it to 75% and extend the 310 Rule until 2011. County Counsel Michael Rood suggested staff put more input since there would be legal ramifications and could be challenged in a court of law buy other outside agencies. Supervisor Gary Wyatt said that by voting to reducing it 75% would cripple the 310 rule that was considered and built after a long consideration from the County Board for many years.
Supervisor Mike Kelley asked County Counsel why there would be lawsuit if the ordinance is changed. Rood said that there would be various legal issues could be raised and could be uphold in court.
County Planning Director Jurg Hueberger asked the council to think about the action they are about to take because if they changed the rules of the game right now they would have to return several EIR’s that are about to be finished so they can do it again.
“I would hate to return it to the applicant when we are almost finished. We can’t change the rules right now. You could jeopardize some projects if you do so.” The planning director said.
Fuentes argued that the rules of the economy have changed and they need to change as well to bring new investment to the County. He said he is willing to take the private sector and start a dialogue between them and County Staff. Fuentes said that there needs to be a balanced fee for builders that make a commercial subdivision or a large warehouse. He amended his motion to keep the 75% and keep it for 2010 only. The board voted against Fuentes’ request 3-2 having only Fuentes and Kelley voting in Favor.
Supervisor Wyatt asked Poiriez when is this 310 rule going to expire. He said the ordinance will expired February 3, 2010. After some deliberation, the board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to approve the original ordinance until June 30, 2010 and gave direction to staff to hire a consultant as a third party.