What is The Most Popular Dog In The U.S.?

It’s a good time to have four furry legs. Pet ownership has surged over the past twenty years, and dogs in particular are enjoying major popularity. But whether you already own a pooch or are searching for one that’s right for you, it’s interesting to note which are the most popular dogs in America.
For the 19th consecutive year, the Labrador Retriever is the most popular purebred dog in America, but could this be the last year for the Lab’s reign? According to American Kennel Club (AKC) 2009 registration statistics, the German Shepherd overtook the Yorkie and is now ranked second most popular in the nation for the first time in more than three   An American favorite since the time of Rin Tin Tin, the German Shepherd became the number one breed of the 1920s, but slipped in popularity until after World War II.
“Labs have been America’s top dog for nearly two decades due to their loyal and gentle nature,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “But the German Shepherd has gained ground recently, quite possibly due to the increased attention they receive for their security efforts at home and abroad, and search and rescue efforts in Haiti.”
The most popular dogs in the country according to the AKC are:
1. Labrador Retriever

Sheriff Ray Loera To Run for Second Term

I am announcing today that I intend to run for a second term for the Office of Sheriff of Imperial County.  I have had the privilege of being your Sheriff and serving the constituents of the Imperial County for the past three years. I am asking for your continued support.

Brawley Willing To Look At County-Wide Enterprise Zone Proposal

By Chris Furguson
At the meeting on February 16, 2010, the Brawley City Council said they would be willing to look at a proposal to create a county-wide enterprise zone without making a full committment to the project.
Brawley’s 4-1 vote comes off the heels of a 5-0 vote from the Imperial County Board of Supervisors in favor of the idea at  their meeting last week.
The issue was brought to the board’s attention just in time for this afternoon’s Joint Powers Authority (JPA) vote on the issue.  The JPA consists of two voters from Brawley, two from the county and one from the IID, all of whom vote on the direction of the Imperial Valley Enterprise Zone (IVEZ) that includes Brawley.
Jurg Heuberger, County Planning Director and voting member on the JPA, requested the item be placed on the Brawley agenda.
Heuberger said that the change from two enterprise zones to one would benefit the entire county.
“It would be a great opportunity to expand the scope of the enterprise zone,” Heuberger said. Heuberger also added that it would allow California the chance to grant a new enterprise zone if the IVEZ combined with the Calexico County Enterprise Zone (CCEZ).
Opposition to the proposal came quickly as City Manager Gary Burroughs, one of the city’s voters on the JPA, said he would recommend that the council vote against the idea.
“We have great synergy between (IVEZ Manager) Diane Cason and the city staff.  That would be disrupted for two to three years if we changed now.”
Other council members voiced similar concerns as wel, including Mayor Ryan Kelley.
“We lost two to three years when the IVEZ started up,” said Kelley, who also added his concerns about adding other entities to the zone.
“We’re starting to see the zone being used and we’d like to see that continue for the time being.”
For the rest of the time, support and opposition to the change came from various people, inlcuding Mark Grant, a council member from Imperial, and John Hart, who helped with the IVEZ formation.
“People are acting as if competition between cities doesn exist and isn’t healthy and nothing could be further from the truth,” said Hart.
Hart also told the council that one supposed business wanted to move an area near the Imperial County airport but wouldn’t commit due to a lack of an Enterprise Zone.
“I want to ask the company if anyone suggested they look at Brawley, which has a fine airport,” said Hart.  “I want to know if any of the other cities are thinking regionally like we are being told to think?  I think the answer is ‘no.’”
Tim Kelley, director of the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation, added that combining the enterprise zones would help the county in business retention, one of the primary purposes of the system.  Kelley also said that the enterprise zones helps him and the IVEDC in promoting the area to outside businesses.
“The IVEZ is a big part of our toolkit,” said Kelley.
Council member George Nava said he was interested in looking at the countywide proposal but wanted “to see a benefit to Brawley.”
Council member Sam Couchman, Brawley’s other vote on the JPA, echoed Nava’s sentiments.
“I don’t see a benefit to Brawley in this,” said Couchman.  “There’s a benefit to the rest of the county, but I just don’t want to see Brawley go back to square one.”
Mayor Pro Tem Don Campbell, who voted against the proposal to look into the idea without a total committment said that he didn’t have enough information to cast a vote for or against.
Included among the items not known at the present time are the leadership of the proposed new zone, how new entities would enter into the project and what would become of the current management of the two enterprise zones.
The proposal itself began as Heuberger’s request to the JPA that the money generated by the enterprise zones, some $360,000, be better spent.
In November 2009, at a training conference for enterprise zones, the EZ director for California’s Housing & Community Development Department, John Nunn, suggested that both the IVEZ and the CCEZ could be combined to increase the amount of qualifying space for benefits and free up an additional slot for the state.
Heuberger then requested that both the Calexico and Brawley City Councils look into the issue.
There is an August 2010 deadline for new enterprise zone applications that the county is trying to reach.
When the IVEZ was formed, Brawley, the IID and the County had to pay for several items, including consultants and an environmental impact report.  The costs were also factors in the Brawley Council’s reluctance to support a county-wide zone.

Calexico To Add New Traffic Control Officers To Ease Congestion

By Mario Conde
The Calexico City Council authorized the Police Chief to hire two temporary part-time traffic controllers for use on Imperial Avenue during high traffic periods.
Traffic congestion on Imperial Ave. has increased substantially during the last few months due to the new federal program stated by the Mexican Government known as SIAVE.  It is supposed to  search for illegal weapons from crossing into Mexico in all of its ports of entry. This program is part of the Merida Initiative approved by the U.S. Congress in 2008 to help Mexico with the War on Drugs. But it also has jammed up traffic.
The new surveillance program takes eight seconds to inspect each car, making long lines to cross into Mexico. It was reported that on December 24, 2009  people trying to cross to Mexicali waited three hours in the line. High traffic on  Imperial Ave. was only seen in December but now those long lines will be  seen from now on, according to Chief Jim Neujahr.
The Calexico Police Department uses full time parking enforcement officers, Part-time Traffic Controllers, and Student Workers from Imperial Valley College, to control the traffic congestion. As the Parking Enforcement Officers must also perform their parking duties during the day, their hours are staggered to have some of them to be available in the afternoon .
Much of the current traffic congestion is seasonal and may subside later when  the agricultural season comes to an end, Neujahr said.
Calexico depends a lot on the IVC student workers,  more often during the holidays; many of their hours have been used.  There is no replacement for the workers and our resources assigned to perform the traffic control function will be less and there will be only a few city paid workers available, Neujahr said.
In other items, the council decided to table an item that would put a measure on the ballot that would propose a half cent sales tax for police and fire. This same measure was put on the ballot last year and failed to pass to due a lack of campaigning by the City of Calexico. It was decided by the City Council to table this item since Mayor David Ouzan was absent from this meeting and has been the one promoting the measure to be put for the voters of Calexico.