Western Union to Fight Money Laundering by Mexican Cartels

Brown and Arizona AG Goddard Announce $94 Million Agreement with Western Union to Fight Money Laundering by Mexican Cartels

Los Angeles – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced a $94 million settlement with Western Union Financial Services, Inc., that resolves a decade-long investigation into illicit money transfers that “have flowed freely” in the Southwest border region.

The settlement includes $50 million in funding for the “Southwest Border Anti-Money Laundering Alliance,” a four-state coalition against money laundering that includes the attorneys general of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.

American Red Cross Reminds Families To Be Prepared At Home

In an effort to balance the budget in the City of San Diego, “rolling brownouts” will commence on February 6, 2010.  Fire crews will be rotated and equipment will be less available, meaning that first responders may take longer to respond to an emergency.  The American Red Cross reminds San Diego families to be prepared in the event that disaster strikes.
GET A KIT – Create an emergency preparedness kit for your family and review its contents every six months. If you don’t have one, you can make one yourself or purchase one at the online Red Cross store at www.sdarc.org.  An emergency preparedness kit contains essential emergency items such as food, water, light sticks, blankets and a first aid kit, among other necessities. These family-friendly kits are available stocked with supplies for one, two or four people.
MAKE A PLAN – Discuss with your family the disasters that can happen where you live.  Establish responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.  Designate alternates in case someone is absent.
Choose two places to meet after a disaster:  One place should be outside of your home, in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire. Another place should be outside of your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate your neighborhood.
Each responsible adult in your household should learn how and when to turn off utilities such as electricity, water and gas.  Ask your local fire department to show you how to use a fire extinguisher.
Inform everyone in the household where emergency supplies are kept.  Make copies of the information for someone to carry with them.  Keep the information updated.
Run home evacuation drills twice a year.  Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes in case main roads are impassable or gridlocked.
BE INFORMED – Know what may happen and how you can help.  Learn what disasters or emergencies may occur where you live, work and play.  These events can vary from those affecting only you and your family, like a home fire or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like an earthquake or flood.
To learn more about being prepared for a disaster, visit www.preparesandiego.org.

Calexico High School Students Break a Record by Giving

By Luke Phillips

Calexico High School students showed their giving nature Tuesday and were able to break a record while they were at it.

125 students showed up to give blood at a blood drive hosted by the American Red Cross at Calexico High School. Red Cross workers collected 99 units of blood in two mobile blood drive stations. One bus collected 59 units, which was a record for high school blood drives, and the other collected 40 units, which was a record for that bus.

Holtville Trash Service Goes Out For Bid

By Luke Phillips

When it comes to trash, the city of Holtville is keeping it’s options open.

The Holtville City Council voted 4-1 Monday night to prepare a request for proposals and solicit bids for the city’s waste hauling services instead of renegotiating exclusively with Allied Waste, the city‘s current provider. Council member Bianca Padilla cast the one dissenting vote.