Congressman Filner Supports Governor’s Request for SBA Disaster Declaration

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Bob Filner urged the Small Business Administration (SBA) to approve the State of California’s request for a disaster declaration for Imperial County.  The declaration would make SBA disaster loans available for renters, homeowners and businesses that suffered losses due to the earthquake that struck the county on April 4th.

BOXER, FEINSTEIN URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO HELP IMPERIAL COUNTY RECOVER FROM EARTHQUAKE

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) today urged President Obama to declare Imperial County a federal disaster area – a designation that will make the county eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Imperial County was hit by a devastating 7.2-magnitude earthquake earlier this month that damaged homes, businesses, schools, a hospital, water infrastructure, roads and more. As a result of the disaster, costs for the state of California are expected to exceed $90 million.

San Diego CBP Agents Thwart Fifth Maritime Smuggling Attempt in a Week

Encinitas, Calif. — Early this morning, after a recent string of maritime smuggling incidents, U.S. Border Patrol agents, in conjunction with CBP Office of Air and Marine agents arrested eight Mexican nationals after they illegally entered the country aboard a boat along the San Diego County coastline.

At about 1:30 a.m., Border Patrol agents spotted a panga-style boat as it approached the coastline near Swami’s Beach in Encinitas, Calif. Agents observed the boat come ashore and saw eight people disembark from the vessel. Agents quickly apprehended the individuals, who all admitted being Mexican nationals illegally in the United States.

Financial Crisis Stonewalling Investigation

Brown Accuses Moody’s of Stonewalling Investigation into Its Role in Financial Crisis

Accusing giant bond-rating firm Moody’s Investors Service of withholding evidence documenting its role in the housing and Wall Street meltdown, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced court action to force Moody’s to explain why it gave its highest ratings to “risky and toxic” mortgage-backed securities that ultimately cost investors and taxpayers billions of dollars.

No School for the Rest of April in Calexico

By Mario Conde

There is no school for the rest of April in Calexico as the Calexico Unified School District will continue to inspect and fix damages at the schools by the 7.2 earthquake that hit our region a couple of weeks ago.

School teachers and staff met at Calexico City Council Chambers Monday morning to discuss the state of the schools in Calexico. It was announced in that meeting that schools will continue to get inspected by State and local contractor to review the buildings. School will be closed for the next two weeks until the inspections from contractors and engineers are finished.