From the daily archives: Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Carrot Festival Times Are Changing; Plenty To Do This Weekend Too

THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’ – The Holtville Carrot Festival enters its second weekend following what everybody said were big crowds for the first weekend.
That’s good. It brings a lot of people to town that normally wouldn’t come here. And it calls attention to our businesses – sort of.
Improvements can always be made as  long as the people find the event popular and a good place to go, then you can only look to positives.
There were big crowds, for the Rib Cook-Off which returned to the Carrot Festival this weekend. Even Bob Filner came around again (must be an election year). But, once again, their weren’t enough ribs to go around and lots of booths were closing early because they ran out of supplies. That left plenty of folks standing around with little to do and nothing to eat well before noon. We should all be so lucky to have these problems. But, we liked the old days when Holt Park was full of people who would stop and visit while enjoying country music and a plate of ribs.
These days, you have to fight to get to the ribs, a place to sit and a soda to drink. It’s lost a little of the down-home flavor over the years.
So, once again,  the Holtville Athletic club needs to get more equity into the rib distribution, so there are plenty of ribs available and people can get what they pay for.
You can also open it up for a longer time during the day. Rushing to get out of there as early as possible defeats the purpose behind the event to begin with.
Family fun and old friends make a good combination with good food. A little less hurrying will also make for better tasting and better cooked ribs. Stretch the event out for a couple more hours and see how much more manageable it could be.
And last, but not least, return it to Holt Park where it will get maximum exposure for the participants and the Holtville Athletic Club.
This front of the line exposure will get more people here and give the booths more room. There will even be more parking too.
We’re looking forward to next year already and hope the Rib Cook-Off only gets more exposure.
THE SECOND HALF OF THE SATURDAY EVENT had some casualties among the people who showed up to drink beer and get rowdy with country music.
The “music festival” that took the place of the golf tournament left anybody with children looking for a way out of town.
The crowd at Hot Rods & Beer was a little restless if any of the e-mails we  received were true.
We also got some eyewitness reports from moms who weren’t keen on taking any children near the place. There were also plenty of “cowboys” who had plenty of liquid courage in them to make anyone cautious. There were plenty of cops around, though. The Sheriff’s Department, we are told, kept a pretty good eye on the whole affair.
This one really needs a lot more thought if it’s going to be held again. We prefer the family atmosphere the Carrot festival used to carry.
MEANWHILE GET OUT AND TAKE IN THE PARADE, the carnival, the arts and crafts show, the auto show, all the food booths you can get to and have a good time in the park.
Lots of local organizations participate and look forward to this Saturday all year. It’s their time to get out and mingle with the people.
Remember the Super Bowl Barbecue sponsored by the Holtville Rotary Club on Sunday too.
Families are invited each day and they’re welcome too. There’s plenty of carnival rides to keep you amused.
Hope to see you there, partner!
WE’VE BEEN HAPPY SEEING THE Sheriff’s Deputies patrolling around Holtville since taking over the police duties a month ago.
They’re a very official and authoritative group that adds credibility to the police force and the city. So far, so good. We’re looking forward to a very good year for the city.


By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council approved an ordinance relating to the authority to remove vehicles for sale in certain areas within the public right-of-way.

In a report given by Police Chief Jim Neujahr and City Attorney Jenifer Lyon it was stated that for several years, residents have expressed concern about the streets in their neighborhoods being used as used car sales lots by people seeking to sell their vehicles park on streets posting “For Sale” signs or placards in or on their vehicles.

The vehicles cause congestion and create a hazard as motorist slow or stop to look and pedestrian congregate. Neujarh said that this activity interferes with the peace and quiet of neighborhoods and the vehicles take up needed parking spaces for 72 hours at time.

Councilman Willy Hermosillo requested that Calexico Municipal Code prohibiting parking on the public rights-of-way, be amended to strengthen the prohibition relating to vehicles with for sale signs parked in the public right-of-way and to comport with the current state of case law.

By approving this amended ordinance, the Council finds that the display of vehicles for sale on its streets creates distraction for drivers and pedestrians, thereby creating hazard; creates nuisance for the community; and decreases the parking available for business and residents. The Council also finds that numerous methods are available and necessary to alleviate this problem in the method most appropriate.

This ordinance authorizes and empower an authorize peace officer or other regularly employed and salaried employee of the City of Calexico who is engaged in directing traffic or enforcing parking laws and regulations to take actions when cars are found in public streets.

The council voted unanimously 5-0 to approve this item and it will take effect in 30 days.

In other news, the council approved to eliminate the Calexico Mega Park project at their regular meeting. With this action, the Council puts an end to a failed project that involved the Hospital Board giving the developers $500,000 for a property in order to create a medical center. The project failed because of the current financial situation and a lawsuit made against them from the Citizens for Integrity and Honesty by Calexican officials.


In the aftermath of a series of catastrophic earthquakes that struck Haiti on the afternoon of January 12, the American Red Cross mobilized immediately to provide the necessary resources to respond.  Locally many residents have already made donations through our local American Red Cross office or have requested additional information on how to make a monetary donation.    A “Hope for Haiti” fundraising event is being planned at Town Square in El Centro from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2010.   An afternoon of fun is planned – we will have food, refreshments, entertainment featuring local artists and musicians, games and lots of  prizes!       To assist us in this worthy fundraising event we are counting on your support.  A  tax deductible donation will be much appreciated and will secure the success of the event.  Please help us deliver “Hope for Haiti” by supporting this worthy fundraising event.    Community and Red Cross volunteers, including members from the SDSU – IV Campus Geology Class – Natural Disasters, will be on hand to accept monetary donations in the form of cash or checks.  Checks should be made payable to the American Red Cross with a designation to Haiti Relief.       Town Square is located at 7th and Main Street in El Centro.  Those who arrive to the event can use the parking accessible off of Main and State Streets. You can also visit for updates on this relief operation   Your contribution guarantees that the Imperial Valley will provide crucial support to those affected by the HAITI Earthquake.  Thank you in advance for your consideration.    IVSC Manager:         Sylvia Preciado (760) 352-4541 Ext 6221   Event Organizers:     Richard Brown Grace Conner Kevin Marty (760) 540-1180

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