From the monthly archives: December 2009

Utilities to collaborate on transmission planning project for renewable energy

The Imperial Irrigation District and Southern California Edison have agreed to initiate joint planning studies of an existing transmission corridor in Southeastern California that could significantly boost the transfer capability of renewable energy under development in the resource-rich Imperial Valley.

The joint planning project, which is contingent on further study by both utilities and the approval of the California Independent System Operator, centers on Path 42, a 35-mile-long 230-kV transmission line that interconnects the IID and SCE systems. The ultimate goal of the joint planning project would be to deliver new renewable resources in the IID service area to CAISO via the Devers substation owned by SCE.

The current Path 42 configuration can deliver up to 700 megawatts, but IID recently declared an “open season” for renewable generators interested in accessing new capacity on the line if upgrades are performed that would expand its transfer capability to 1,700 megawatts. IID owns approximately 20 miles of the existing transmission line, while SCE owns roughly 15 miles.

Brian Brady, IID general manager, said the utilities are in the process of establishing the feasibility of a prospective joint project, but that there are clear benefits to be derived by the ratepayers of both agencies.   “The next step,” Brady said, “will be for both agencies to do the requisite due diligence, compare notes and decide whether it makes sense to proceed. For now, we are pleased to be working with Southern California Edison in exploring the long-term viability of such a project.”

Landscaping to Minimize Risk
IID Conveys Important Message about Safety and Reliability

Imperial Irrigation District (IID) is encouraging customers to consider safety and reliability when landscaping around electrical boxes, also known as padmount transformers and switchgear.  Quietly operating 24 hours a day, these electrical boxes house high-voltage electrical equipment that could pose a safety risk if treated or handled inappropriately.  Blocking access to or disguising these facilities can cause neighborhood outages or delay the outage restoration process.

“IID crews have encountered an increasing number of challenges when locating and accessing equipment in several gated communities due to landscaping vegetation and materials placed on or around these facilities,” stated Carlton King, Assistant Manager of the IID Energy Department.

“When we encounter clearance issues, we must immediately clear the area to gain access to equipment and adhere to state regulations,” continued King.  “To prevent this, we recommend that shrubbery be planted no closer than three feet from the sides and rear of the box and no closer than 10 feet in front to allow access to the equipment inside.” To advise customers about appropriate landscaping options and clearance directives, IID has stepped up efforts to inform property owners, homeowner associations and city officials in the Coachella and Imperial valleys.

“We understand the importance of aesthetics to property owners, particularly in this area, and we are exploring alternatives to help balance the needs of the utility and the homeowner alike,” stated King.  “By following these simple guidelines, IID can restore power as quickly as possible to you and your neighbors.”

Before starting any landscaping project, it is important to identify underground hazards that may exist on the property. To do so, customers are encouraged to call the Underground Service Alert, toll free, at 8-1-1 two working days before beginning a project. As a free service to customers, experts will locate electric, gas, telephone, water and sewer lines on the property.

Customers interested in more information about landscaping around electrical facilities are encouraged to visit www.iid.com.

Directors rescind 2009 supply/demand imbalance
(From Ditchbank Oct 2009)

The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors unanimously voted to cancel the 2009 supply/demand imbalance during its Sept. 22 regular meeting.By terminating the SDI declaration, the associated 2009 apportionments (including the 5.25 acre-feet-per-acre apportionment for agricultural lands) are no longer in effect for the 2009 water year.Under equitable distribution, the district tracks actual supply and demand during the SDI water year.

As per regulations, if the IID’s cumulative consumptive use through June is less than 1,575,000 acre-feet, the district may terminate the SDI declaration for that year. As of June 30, IID’s water use was 1,390,127 acre-feet.

Projected underuse
The reasoning behind the decision to rescind the 2009 SDI included the Bureau of Reclamation’s projection of IID’s underuse of Colorado River water to be over 195,000 acre-feet at the time.Termination of the 2009 SDI declaration is not anticipated to impact water sales because of the underuse projection, and, there would have been water available in the district water exchange.

No SDI for water year 2010
Directors were also told that the probability of a supply/demand imbalance in year 2010 is less than 50 percent and, therefore, consideration of an SDI declaration for 2010 is not necessary.

Under the regulations for equitable distribution, an SDI declaration “must be made on or before Oct. 1 and can be withdrawn on or before Dec. 31.”Regulations call for the IID to track actual supply and demand during each water year and, based on staff estimates, determine whether the probability of total demand exceeding its Colorado water supply is greater than 50 percent.

Water cards
Directors also approved implementation of a Nov. 15, 2009, deadline for the completion and submittal of each field’s new water card. After this date, fields without the requisite water card will be limited to a single irrigation event until an acceptable new water card has been submitted.

Any extenuating circumstances should be brought to the attention of the water manager in a timely manner for prompt consideration.

 
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Experience the Serenity of the Skies

with

Imperial County Artist Jeni Bate

What: “The Skies of Peace and Passion.”

A Solo Exhibition:

When: Jan 7th– Jan 21st 2010.

Reception: Friday Jan 8th, 7-8pm.

Where: Pioneers Museum,

373 E. Aten Road, Imperial.

Reg. Museum Hours: Tue – Sun :10 a.m. – 4p.m.

About the Exhibition.
Inspired by the skies and scenes of the Imperial Valley, artist Jeni Bate is greatly influenced by the vast rural landscapes of California.  Her large scale paintings filled with color and light evoke feelings of restful contemplation and capture the beauty of the natural environment.  She has exhibited her work in numerous galleries and art fairs around Southern California.
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Experience the Serenity of the Skies

with

Imperial County Artist Jeni Bate

What: “The Skies of Peace and Passion.”

A Solo Exhibition:

When: Jan 7th– Jan 21st 2010.

Reception: Friday Jan 8th, 7-8pm.

Where: Pioneers Museum,

373 E. Aten Road, Imperial.

Reg. Museum Hours: Tue – Sun :10 a.m. – 4p.m.

About the Exhibition.
Inspired by the skies and scenes of the Imperial Valley, artist Jeni Bate is greatly influenced by the vast rural landscapes of California.  Her large scale paintings filled with color and light evoke feelings of restful contemplation and capture the beauty of the natural environment.  She has exhibited her work in numerous galleries and art fairs around Southern California.
 

SAN DIEGO— Everyday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry along the California/Mexico border work diligently to secure the nation’s border and stop illegal activity. While well known for seizing narcotics and stopping people from illegally entering the United States, these officers are also responsible for enforcing hundreds of other federal, state, and local laws. Here are just some of the unusual illegal activities officers recently stopped:

Live Canaries
November 30, at about 5:15 p.m., CBP officers at the Tecate border crossing referred an 85-year-old female Mexican citizen, and resident of Tecate, Mexico, for a more intensive inspection. When the driver exited her vehicle as part of the inspection process, she was carrying a cage, covered in a towel, with two live canaries inside. CBP officers seized the undeclared birds; the driver paid a $300 penalty. For more information about bringing birds and other animals into the U.S., please see the CBP brochure “Bringing Pets and Wildlife into the United States.”
Alcohol in Spare Tire
December 8, at about 2:15 p.m., CBP officers at the Otay Mesa border crossing pulled aside a gold GMC Suburban driven by a 58-year-old male Mexican citizen, and resident of Wilmington, Calif. During inspection, officers discovered 15 bottles of alcohol hidden inside the vehicle’s spare tire. The driver paid a $562 penalty for his smuggling attempt.
“Weight-Loss” Drug
December 8, at about 2:45 p.m., CBP officers at the Andrade border crossing stopped a 58-year-old female Canadian citizen after she failed to declare the four medication bottles in her purse. Officers determined the bottles contained 400 15mg capsules of a drug prescribed for obese patients to assist with weight-loss, worth an estimated $2,330 in the U.S. CBP seized the medication and fined the traveler.
Wooden License Plate
December 9, at about 3:45 p.m., a detector dog alerted to a tan 2004 Dodge Ram, driven by a 30-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of San Diego, waiting in line to enter the United States. During their inspection, officers discovered that the pickup not only contained two people, hidden in the truck’s cab under a sheet, but also that the vehicle had a wooden license plate, painted to look like a normal California license plate, then placed behind a tinted plastic cover. CBP officers determined that the two people hidden behind the cab’s backseat were illegal immigrants from Mexico, one with an active, no-bail warrant from the Los Angeles Police Department for a drug-related crime. Officers arrested all three vehicle occupants.
Marijuana in Laundry Detergent Box
December 21, at about 6:00 a.m., a 40-year-old male U.S. citizen driving a blue 1993 Ford Thunderbird applied for admission to the U.S. at the San Ysidro border crossing.  During the interview and inspection, a CBP officer discovered a laundry detergent box in the backseat of the vehicle with a package hidden inside.  The package contained slightly more than one pound of marijuana.  Officers seized the vehicle and narcotics, and turned the driver over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Anabolic Steroids and Syringes Strapped to Thighs, Stuffed in Socks
December 22, CBP Officers at the San Ysidro border crossing referred a 37-year-old male, U.S. citizen, and resident of San Fernando, Calif. for a more intensive inspection, where they found
steroids taped to his thighs and hidden in his socks. In total, CBP officers discovered 30 ml and 12 ml of two different injectable steroids, 100 tablets of another steroid, and 36 syringes. CBP officers seized the steroids and syringes, and assessed a $14,130 penalty for the smuggling attempt.

 

Brown Issues Statement on Court Decision to Overturn Ban on Body Armor

Statement from Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. on the Second Appellate District Court of Appeals’ decision to overturn California’s ban on violent felons possessing body armor:

“Every day, California’s law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect our communities,” said Attorney General Brown. “Allowing violent felons to possess military grade body armor puts their lives further at risk and jeopardizes public safety. My office will petition the California Supreme Court to review the appeals court decision next month.”

 

Calexico Chamber and Imperial County Film Commission to Host MARDI GRAS 2010

The Calexico Chamber of Commerce Special Events Committee and the Board of Directors of the Imperial County Film Commission have announced that tickets for Mardi Gras 2010 A Beer Tasting Xperience & Business Expo are on sale now at the Calexico Chamber office and from Film Commissioners. The event scheduled for Friday, February 12th is a fundraiser for the Calexico Chamber and the ICFC.  “Monies raised from this event will be used to support community projects,” said Eduardo Rivera, chamber president.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall will be the site of this popular annual event.  Starting time is 7 p.m. where there will be a large number of domestic and imported beers provided by Alford’s Distributing and Claypool, for the tasting. Music for dancing and Karaoke for singing are part of the evening’s schedule.  “We will be giving out plenty of masks and beads to all attendees when they arrive at the event”, said Hildy Carrillo, executive director of the Calexico Chamber of Commerce. “The event is co-hosted by the Imperial County Film Commission so we are expecting a large group of guests and interesting conversation” said Carrillo. Besides the beer tasting, also included with the $30 donation per person are very heavy hor d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages and an array of door prizes.
Businesses interested in participating in the Business Expo are urged to call the Calexico Chamber for more information at 357-1166 or the ICFC at 337-4155.

 
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