Daily Archives: December 17, 2009

Police Briefs




December 11



It was reported, that someone has broken into the caller’s trailer during the night, the windows were found pried opened, it was unknown what was stolen or what the motive was, the situation was handled.



It was reported, that a subject was caught trying to steal a few items from her yard, the subject fled the scene as soon as he noticed he was being watched,  the caller was advised of his/her options.
December 12

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Give the Perfect Gift!

cash(StatePoint)  It’s easy to shop for, makes a great last-minute present and fits in your pocket. Best of all, everybody is happy receiving it.
  Cash is the perfect gift, and most consumers dream of getting green for the holidays, according to a new survey by Western Union. A clear majority (56 percent) would rather receive $100 in cash than either a gift card from a store or a present of equal value. 
  “This year, more people are looking hard at their budgets and are hoping to receive cash as gifts or choosing to give money,” said Jorge Consuegra, senior vice president, U.S. product management for Western Union. “More Americans are opting to give cash gifts, as they feel it helps them stick to budgets and keeps them in better control of their finances than relying on credit cards.”
  Of those respondents who would prefer receiving cash, 45 percent said they would likely apply it toward basic necessities like gasoline and groceries. That is more than double the number who would spend it on treats and three times those who would save or invest this “found money.”
  In this economy people tend to not spend money on extravagances, even when money comes to them unexpectedly, say experts. This season it’s all about staying on top of everyday family living expenses.  And as far as sending gifts, many consumers consider the extra cost to wrap and ship gifts to be too expensive.
  To help facilitate long-distance, gift giving needs, Western Union has launched “$50 for $5,” a U.S. holiday promotion. This promotion enables consumers to send up to $50 to loved ones in the U.S. for a $5 fee through December 26, 2009.
  “With so many people pressed for time and a majority of consumers having someone close to them who need that little bit extra to help on their daily expenses, using a money transfer service can make you a hero. The cash is available fast and you can track its receipt,” stressed Consuegra. 
  Consumers looking to send money via Western Union can visit any of the more than 45,000 participating locations in the United States or can log onto westernunion.com to send the gift of cash this holiday season.
  Although many people surveyed prefer cash over a specific gift, this holiday season has yielded some surprises. Think older people cling to the nostalgia of unwrapping gifts while the younger generation prefers to take the money and run?
  Think again. According to the new surveys, Americans aged 18 to 24 are the most likely to prefer receiving a specific present over cash or a gift card, while those 65 and older are the least likely.
  The new surveys were conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Media, polling 1,004 people 18 years old and older this past October.

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The City And The Future

Laura Fischer Talks About The City And The Future

By: Luke Phillips
  The Holtville Tribune recently sat down with Holtville City Manager Laura Fischer to discuss the city’s accomplishments in 2009 and what the city is looking forward to in 2010. This is part 1 of a 2 part series:

TRIBUNE: What was the city’s biggest accomplishment in the past year?

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State Libraries

State Libraries Look At Improving Internet Access

libraryThe California State Library assembled nearly 200 public library leaders, community supporters, broadband providers, and local and state leaders for California ’s Opportunity Online Broadband Summit, on December 14 -15, 2009, in Sacramento to discuss how to improve and sustain quality Internet access in California public libraries.
  The California Opportunity Online Broadband Summit highlighted the importance of community partnerships and the opportunities that technology can provide. Summit participants brainstormed and discussed possible solutions and action steps to upgrade and sustain broadband connectivity in California public libraries to meet patron demand.
  Currently, 31 California public library systems lack Internet connections fast enough to meet the basic needs of patrons. Many more report speeds that are inadequate to meet the true demand of their community.
  The California summit was sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of its pilot Opportunity Online broadband grant program. California, along with six other states, was invited to participate. The grant program supports public libraries as they seek to improve their broadband connectivity and calls for a broadband sustainability strategy, to be developed by the California State Library, to ensure that public libraries continue to improve and maintain adequate connectivity for patrons. The summit included a comprehensive analysis of California ’s current broadband climate and the future of technology access in California public libraries. Graham Richard, former mayor of Fort Wayne , Indiana and partner of public libraries, highlighted the importance of public and private partnerships on the local and state level to prioritize funding for improved connectivity in public libraries. State and library leaders from across California addressed the status of connectivity in the state. Speakers included: Linda Crowe, executive director of the Pacific Library Partnership; California Public Utilities Commissioner Rachelle Chong; Sunne McPeak, president and chief executive officer of the California Emerging Technology Fund; Teri Takai, chief information officer for the state; and California ’s secretary of education Glen Thomas. Technology futurist Tim O’Reilly reflected on the future of technology in libraries. 
 Stacey Aldrich, California ’s newly named state librarian, led the summit and represented the California State Library. 
  “ California ’s public libraries are blazing a trail for those Californians who lack adequate access to high-speed Internet,” Aldrich said. “Today’s public libraries continue to provide traditional services, but a growing number of patrons depend on library Internet access to apply for jobs, further their education, run businesses, or stay connected with families and friends. This summit and grant program will help California public libraries meet these increasing personal and community needs better by improving library connection speeds.”

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