Essay is Open to Students in Imperial, Orange & San Diego Counties

The San Diego Cesar E. Chavez Commemoration Committee in partnership with the University of California San Diego Early Academic Outreach Program have joined forces to sponsor the 12th Annual Cesar E. Chavez High School Essay Contest.  The essay contest, to honor the life and achievements of the late civil rights and labor leader, is opened to students in grades 9-12 in Imperial, Orange and San Diego counties.

Brown Calls for Prospective Enforcement of Early-Release Law

Sacramento-Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today sent a law-enforcement bulletin to California’s district attorneys and sheriffs in which he asserted his position that California Penal Code Section 4019, the new law that reduces jail time for prisoners in local facilities, applies prospectively.

The Attorney General has begun filing briefs in a series of court cases advancing his position that Penal Code 4019 provides enhanced good-time and work credits to prisoners during the time spent in prison after January 25, but not before.

Brawley Downtown Subject Of Public Workshop

By Chris Furguson
The City of Brawley held a special public workshop at the Del Rio Community Center on February 13
The workshop was preceeded by a walk of the downtown area, starting from the City’s Council Chambers and Administration Building.
The purpose of the workshop was to, in the near future, develop a specific plan for the downtown area that could be funded.  According to Brawley City Planner Gordon Gaste, areas with a specific plan are more likely to receive funding.
Brawley joins Calexico, El Centro and Holtville in having gone through this process.
The consultants, RDF Consulting of San Diego, organized the event with Brawley’s Planning Department.
The day began with a walk of the downtown area, including some of the more problem areas of the area, including empty buildings, unused spaces and poorly maintained lots.
Brawley’s downtown area consists of portions from 1st and 10th streets between D and H street.
During the workshop itself, participants were given several options of what they would like to see done to the area and voted via an electronic device.
Among the options given included open and covered sidewalks, perpendicular signs, various modes of seating arrangements.
Later in the workshop, ideas were gathered for suggested changes to the area, including the removal of a dilapidated theatre on the Plaza, closing downtown to through traffic and breezeways to make access to rear parking available.
The expense for the project was paid for by a grant from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for $142,400.

Renison to Run for Board of Supervisors District 1

Former Calexico Mayor and City Councilmember John R. Renison announced his intentions to run for the vacant seat on the Imperial County board of Supervisors for District #1. Renison served on the Calexico City Council from 1996 thru 2008. He served as Mayor on three occasions.  He stated his reasons for deciding to run are various.
”I have always been involved in my city and feel now is the right to serve once again. I am known for being accessible and available. I will serve all constituents, working across party lines.  I am an independent thinker and will do what’s best for all citizens. During my twelve years on the city council I built a reputation for fairness and dedication to service”.