Red Cross Introduces New Disaster Response Associate

News Flash

Dear Chiefs, First Responders, Fellow Red Crossers and Friends of the American Red Cross:

Elizabeth Enriquez

Frist, please receive my sincere wishes for a terrific New Year and a heartfelt thank you for all the support you have provided our local Red Cross during the past year.  With these greetings also receive the good news and introduction of Elizabeth Enriquez who began her duties as Disaster Response Associate on Monday January 4, 2010 at the Imperial Valley Service Center-San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter.

2nd Baby in 10 Days Born at Calexico Downtown Port

Calexico, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry on Monday assisted paramedics with the birth of a baby, officials announced today.

At approximately 9:15 a.m., the driver of a vehicle, who was waiting in line to be inspected, walked up to a CBP officer and requested assistance for his wife who was having severe labor pains.

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CBP officers who helped deliver a baby in Calexico.

Sheriff Takes Over Police Duties In Holtville

By Luke Phillips
There is a new Sheriff in town. At least in Holtville.
The Imperial Valley Sheriff’s Department took over law enforcement duties in the city of Holtville Jan. 4, and Imperial County Sheriff Raymond Loera officially became Holtville’s new Police Chief.
Four deputies, transferred from county duty and now based exclusively in Holtville, have been patrolling the streets and getting to know the community.
Loera says that while the Sheriff’s Department will continue to enforce the law in much the same way as the Holtville Police Department, some changes will be evident.
“People need to understand that the law is the law and we are going to enforce the same laws that the police enforced,” Loera said. “But one thing people will notice is that we’re going to be a little more visible. I expect my deputies to go out there and make contact with the public, in a law enforcement capacity as needed, but also just to make a strong connection with the public in general. We’re going to try to work closely with the community.”
Loera says that he was fortunate when putting together a team of deputies to serve Holtville. Nearly all of the deputies have had experience in a municipal setting and understand the dynamics of working in a small community.
“We were very fortunate in putting this team together,” Loera said. “There’s a different expectation for law enforcement in Holtville. There’s a demand for something more personal than you’d find in a bigger city.”
Loera says he plans on being active in the community and attending city council meetings, but the day-to day operations in Holtville will be run by Sergeant Clint Erro, who has served as Holtville’s interim Police Chief for the past year. “I assure you that Sergeant Erro is very capable,” he said.
Loera said the Sheriff’s department will also be implementing youth programs, such as the Sheriff’s Activity League or an Explorers organization, in the community at some time in the future.
“There is a lot of interest in working with youth,” Loera said. “We will certainly be involved. There are just some logistical issues that we need to look at. We will also be asking assistance from the public. That’s really what makes these programs work.”
Holtville City Manager Laura Fischer says that the transition is going well. “It’s going really well,” Fischer said. “I think we’ve put together a really good team of deputies. The Sheriff did a good job in his selection.”
Fischers says that the community will have a chance to meet and mingle with Holtville’s new deputies at the city council meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 11th. Fischer says the deputies will be introduced and give a brief summary of their backgrounds before taking a break to chat with the public. Fischer strongly encourages community members to attend and get to know the deputies.

Governor Appoints Poli Flores, Jr. As A Superior Court Judge

On Tuesday, December 29, 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Poli Flores, Jr. to the Imperial County Superior Court, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Annie M. Gutierrez. The Judges of the Imperial County Superior Court appointed Mr. Flores to the position of Superior Court Commissioner in October 2006. Since that time, Commissioner Flores has presided over a variety of calendars, including juvenile, family law, criminal, and felony preliminary hearings.
Commissioner Flores is a native of Brawley who grew up in Calexico, graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and received his Juris Doctorate from U.C. Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. He began his legal career at the law firm of Cardenas & Fifield here in El Centro. From 1983-86 he worked as an Imperial County Deputy Public Defender. Since 1986 he managed his own law office, handling all types of cases. Commissioner Flores has been married for 23 years to Mercy, a science resource teacher and they have three children. Commissioner Flores has been active in the community including memberships on several volunteer boards. He is a member of the Imperial Breakfast Rotary and the Calexico Elks.
Presiding Judge Donal B. Donnelly received notification from the Governor’s office and was elated to learn of the appointment. Judge Donnelly stated “Judges and staff are overjoyed with this well deserved appointment. Poli has served us with excellence and we are very proud of his achievements.”
Honorable Flores stated, “On behalf of the Flores and Duron families, I wish to thank the JNE Commission, Sharon Majors-Lewis, and the Governor of California. I am truly honored and humbled by this appointment. I have been an attorney, commissioner, and public servant of this great county for 25 years, and, as a judge, I will continue serving our county with passion, humility, and dedication.”
A formal enrobing ceremony for Judge Flores will be scheduled in the near future. For further information, please call Donal B. Donnelly, Presiding Judge, at (760) 482-2250.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deliver Baby

A Baby is Born at the Calexico Downtown Port

CALEXICO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry on Monday assisted paramedics with the birth of a baby, officials announced today.

At approximately 9:15 a.m., the driver of a vehicle, who was waiting in line to be inspected, walked up to a CBP officer and requested assistance for his wife who was having severe labor pains.