Daily Archives: December 10, 2009

County, Holtville Continue Talks Over Police Dept. Takeover

By Mario Conde
The County Board of Supervisors decided to table the item that would have the Sheriff’s Office provide Law Enforcement Services in Holtville at its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8th.
Holtville had  requested the Board of Supervisors provide interim Police Chief Services for the City of Holtville in 2006.
The board approved the continued services of an interim Police Chief  as well as the Deputy Sheriffs
Holtville  also requested a  contract with the County for them to provide all law enforcement service for the City for a period of five years.
The proposal  calls for the Sheriff’s Office to provide one  administrative sergeant, five  Sheriff’s deputies and dispatch services for both law enforcement and fire protection.
Sheriff Ray Loera said his department  had a good working relationship with  Holtville and had  been negotiating with City Manager Laura Fischer to take over law enforcement duties.
Board Chairman Wally Leimgruber said that he has heard positive comments about the services the Sheriff’s Office provides there.
County Executive Officer Ralph Cordova said that the original agreement for services between the County and Holtville had a price tag of $955,198.00. That, he said, was based on the salary/benefits schedule and hourly rates,  but did not include the expenses for equipment that the Sheriff would use.
Cordova said he made one last analysis of the contract yesterday (Monday, Dec. 7th) and was told by the County Auditor that the first draft did not include the equipment expenses  that elevates the cost  to a $1 million.
Cordova that if this item passes as its requested then it would not be cost neutral for either party.
Holtville City Manager Laura Fischer, who attended the meeting,  said she was surprised by the new number,  but asked the Board to approve the contract with the original amount of $955,198.00. She said the city would track those costs annually and modify the contract cost, if needed.
Holtville Mayor Blanca Padilla, also at the meeting,  said during the three years she has been on the City Council, law enforcement has been a big issue.
She said that for them the details of the contract have been discussed and  they have considered the possible costs that have been quantified.
Holtville Councilman Jerry Bristten said he was  surprised too,  by the last minute change, but asked the Supervisors to approve the contract in order to provide public safety to the people of  Holtville.
Holtville Police Officer Barry Forny  spoke to the Board and said that the City Manager didn’t come to them to keep the department. “They don’t hire new officers just to get us out. The City will have to provide  new cars because the current cars are old  break down a lot.” Forny  said.  He added that the local police officers do not get proper training to be more efficient. He said that the people of Holtville want the Police Department to continue operating.
The County Board decided to table the item in order to have staff meet with the Holtville City Manager and possibly take action next week after the Holtville Council discusses  the changes Monday.

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Border Patrol Gives Winnings To The Boys & Girls Club

Border Patrol Gives Cattle Call Winnings To The Boys & Girls Club

Brawley Christmas On Main 2009 (2)The spirit of giving and the holidays kicked off during the Fifth Annual Christmas on Main Street celebration located at the Plaza Park in Brawley, Calif., on Sunday Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. George Wetjen, Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge of the United States Border Patrol Indio Station, attended representing the U.S. Border Patrol during a special presentation to the Brawley Boys and Girls Club from the Brawley Chamber of Commerce.
The Brawley Boys and Girls Club were presented a check for $1,000, the Sweepstakes prize money from Brawley Cattle Call Parade Float Contest which was won by the El Centro Sector Border Patrol. Due to federal regulations the Border Patrol is unable to accept the prize money and therefore requested the Brawley Chamber of Commerce to donate it to a charity organization of its choice.
On Oct. 13, 2009, the Brawley Boys and Girls Club was burglarized and $2,600 worth of items were stolen. The club provides a physically and emotionally safe environment that enables youth to build solid, healthy relationships within the club.
According to Wetjen, a Brawley native who once frequented the Boys and Girls Club as a child, it is an honor to be part of something that gives back to a place that provided a safe refuge for him when he was younger.
“I am saddened to hear about the misfortune they suffered a while back,” he said. “I am proud to be part of an event which will help an organization that helped so many kids including myself over the years.”
El Centro Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey A. Calhoon said Wetjen’s participation is an example of how important it is to establish a relationship with the community.
“Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge Wetjen illustrates how Border Patrol Agents are integral parts of the community,” he said. “Not only does he serve the community he lives in, he is a product of it as well.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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In Other Words

Strange Doings In Holtville Again; Saying Goodbye to Some Good Guys In Brawley

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Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Grants $30,000

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Grants $30,000 To
MANA de Imperial Valley and Comite Civico del Valle

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage announced this week  that MANA de Imperial Valley and Comité Civico del Valle are the recipients of the 2009 Homeownership Grant program.  MANA de Imperial Valley will use the grant to provide financial literacy training to low-to-moderate-income families and scholarships in Imperial County.  Comité Civico del Valle will be using the grant to host a series of workshops under the Housing Opportunity Mortgage Education (HOME) Program.   Wells Fargo Home Mortgage has a mission to provide sustainable homeownership opportunities for low  to moderate income individuals by providing 100% financing as a direct lender through Rural Guarantee Housing for moderate income families, FHA with down payment assistance programs, FHA 203K Rehabilitation, VA 30yr Fixed, Conventional Owner  & Non-Owner Programs.  Veronica Platero, Branch Manager at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, stated, “In today’s market, it’s an uphill battle for entry-level buyers to compete with cash-carrying investors.  Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is extremely excited about the activities that this year’s awardees will be implementing in Imperial Valley.  This is an opportunity for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage to partner with local agencies to make a real difference in assisting those populations that are having challenges with housing and financial issues.”  MANA de Imperial Valley members will be providing financial literacy workshops in the community throughout the year in addition to a workshop from the Washington D.C., based Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER), an organization dedicated to improving the long-term financial security of all women through education and advocacy.  The Workshop from WISER was held on  Thursday November 5th at the IID Board Room in El Centro.
Luis Olmedo, Executive Director of Comité Civico del Valle stated, “There is no question that Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is investing in our local communities.  It is with such dynamic partnerships that are clear indicators when in tough times our communities will work together to rebuild and reinvent ourselves to overcome a crisis.”
For more information regarding MANA’s financial literacy trainings please contact Alicia Armenta at (760) 353-0234 or for information on Comité Civico del Valle please call (760) 351-8761 or Wells Fargo Home Mortgage at 760-482-0080.

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Thousands Raised For Arthritis Foundation

Thousands Raised For Arthritis Foundation At IV Mall Jingle Walk

Santa Claus joins about a hundred walkers and runners during the early morning warm-up.  The warm up was led by a personal trainer from the Jacques & Jill’s fitness club in El Centro.

Santa Claus joins about a hundred walkers and runners during the early morning warm-up. The warm up was led by a personal trainer from the Jacques & Jill’s fitness club in El Centro.

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