From the monthly archives: May 2010

SALT LAKE CITY (CBS) ―Gary Coleman, the actor known for the famous line, “What’chu talkin’ about Willis?” on the classic sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” has passed away, CBS 2 has learned.

Coleman died at approximately 12:05 p.m. Mountain. Standard Time at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, the hospital said. Family members and close friends were at his side when life support was terminated.

Earlier Friday, he was placed on life support after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage at his home on Wednesday.

Coleman’s family in a statement urged fans to pray for the 42-year-old actor, who was taken to a Utah hospital on Thursday. He suffered the hemorrhage Wednesday evening at his Santaquin home, 55 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center on Friday released the statement on behalf of Coleman’s family. It says Coleman’s condition worsened on Thursday and he slipped into unconsciousness.

The statement said the actor has not had any surgery because of his condition.

Coleman has lived in Utah since 2005. He’s best known for his stint as “Arnold Jackson” on TV’s “Diff’rent Strokes,” which aired from 1978 to 1986.

In February, Coleman suffered a seizure on the set of “The Insider.”

Coleman has had two failed kidney transplants and been plagued by various health problems.

Coleman has lived in Utah since 2005, when he came here to star in the movie “Church Ball,” a comedy based on basketball leagues formed by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He met his wife, Shannon Price, on the movie set and married her in 2007.

Coleman has had a string of financial and legal problems, in addition to continuing ill health from the kidney disease he suffered as a child. Coleman has had at least two kidney transplants and has ongoing dialysis.

Last fall, Coleman had heart surgery that was complicated by pneumonia, his attorney Randy Kester has said.

In February, Coleman pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge related to an April 2009 domestic violence incident at his home


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Bob Filner wants to make sure all eligible Imperial County agencies, California agencies and nonprofit organizations know June 2 is the deadline for filing for federal and state disaster assistance related to the earthquake that shook the Imperial Valley on April 4.

“Filing a request for public assistance is the first step to securing earthquake recovery funds,” said Filner.  “All agencies and nonprofits must get their requests for recovery assistance in before the June 2nd deadline.”

The federal public assistance funds are available to eligible Imperial County applicants as part of the May 7, 2010 presidential disaster declaration following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake. State public assistance funds were authorized by Governor Schwarzenegger’s State of Emergency Proclamation on April 5, 2010. It was initially estimated there were $91.3 million in damages in Imperial County.

Agencies cannot receive reimbursement without first submitting the Request for Public Assistance before the deadline.  Agencies and nonprofits seeking the forms and more information on the Public Assistance program and a contact person can call Cal EMA at 626-431-3290 or 626-431-3704.


SAN DIEGO, California (May 21, 2010)— San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) was awarded $500,000 by the Walmart Foundation’s America Works initiative to expand two key workforce training programs aligned with the needs of growing industries across San Diego and Imperial counties. America Works is a new national initiative sponsored by the Walmart Foundation that supports regional approaches to developing a skilled workforce. The EDC was one of only seven organizations nationwide to receive this award, and was selected because the two training programs are part of a larger regional economic development strategy—the Cali Baja Bi-National Mega-Region Initiative.

EDC, together with San Diego Workforce Partnership, will better align workforce development needs with economic development priorities, and better integrate workforce development systems across the region through training programs for high-demand jobs in healthcare and machinist occupations.

”The residents of the southern part of San Diego County often do not have access to training and career pathways that lead to living wage jobs,” said Chuck Flacks, director of research and policy for San Diego Workforce Partnership. “The America Works grant will help train these residents for employment in healthcare, bringing the needed technical and bilingual skills to the industry, still one of the region’s fastest-growing sectors.”

“Now more than ever, we are looking for ways to provide opportunities for those who are out of work and facing tough times,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. “These grants will support people across the country to gain the necessary life and job skills to obtain long term employment.”

EDC’s Dr. Christina Luhn will help implement a machinist training program for Imperial County residents, serving as a liaison between the training programs and stakeholders. “The Cali Baja Mega-Region Initiative positions the greater region of San Diego and Imperial counties for business investment in the region,” explains Dr. Luhn. “A strong workforce is essential to attracting the kinds of key industries that have the potential to grow here.”

“In addition to collaborating with the Walmart Foundation’s America Works grant, we have agreed to a formal alliance with the San Diego Workforce Partnership further integrating our workforce and economic development strategies,” said Lauree Sahba, chief operating officer for EDC.

To find out more about the Cali Baja Bi-National Mega-Region Initiative, visit the website at

EDC is supported by more than 150 of San Diego’s largest companies and most influential business leaders. The group strengthens San Diego’s business climate and maximizes its economic success through two key programs, business development and policy. The business development program supports corporate outreach and retention, while nurturing emerging industries and attracting new corporate investment through targeted marketing initiatives. The policy program focuses on creating a competitive business climate for the region through workforce development initiatives and building the infrastructure to support 21st century industries.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $512 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally, $467 million of which was donated in the U.S. To learn more, visit


Challenger Little League will be sponsoring the home run derby for registered little league players valley wide.

Our invitation is for registered players of ages 10-11-12.

Home run derby will be held this year at Frazier Field 1150 6th street, El Centro, and ca

Registration for the home run derby will start at 8am on May 29th 2010

First 100 players will be eligible to participate and receive prizes and a tee shirt.

Prizes and a drawing will be held through out the morning.

Food and drinks will also be available to the public.

This event is possible thru the generous donations of private business and individuals through out the Imperial Valley who have cared to sponsor our team and make this event a reality. Thank you all.


EL CENTRO, Calif. – May 25, 2010 – El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) has become the first hospital in the Imperial Valley to invest in the da Vinci Si HD surgical system highlighting the hospital’s dedication to provide state-of-the-art healthcare excellence to the communities of Imperial Valley.

The da Vinci Si HD robotic surgical system allows for precision, minimally invasive surgery using the most up-to-date technology available, including high-definition video. The machine, seen in an episode of ABC’s hit series Grey’s Anatomy, is operated by certified surgeons to perform various procedures.

ECRMC will begin using the machine immediately offering a new solution to patients’ surgical needs. “We are excited to have the da Vinci at ECRMC,” said Dr. Elias Moukarzel, chief of staff at ECRMC. “All surgeons are thrilled to have it available for the benefit of our patients.”

A variety of procedures within Urology, Cardiology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Ear/Nose/Throat and General surgery can be performed safely and less intrusively with the surgical system than with traditional surgical processes. Admissions and insurance procedures remain the same as with any surgical procedures.

“The da Vinci Si HD surgical system gives our patients options with regards to surgery,” added Dr. Moukarzel. “ECRMC is committed to providing the top-of-the-line in surgical tools to the Imperial Valley, the machine is just that and we are proud to be the first in the Valley to offer it.”

Only a handful of larger facilities in the state offer the da Vinci Si HD robotic surgical system, placing ECMRC among them with regards to the latest in surgical care. “Having the system available at ECRMC means local residents will no longer have to travel outside of the Valley for sophisticated procedures,” said David Green, CEO for ECRMC. “Quality care is available in the convenience of your own backyard.”


El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) is a licensed 165-bed general acute care facility located in El Centro, Calif. ECRMC is committed to providing the community with high quality healthcare as reflected in its mission statement: “To Provide Healthcare Excellence For The Imperial Valley.”

ECRMC is moving forward with the planning and development of the hospital expansion project that will replace the older portion of the hospital. In addition, the hospital is developing a state-of-the-art facility to meet the needs of the Imperial Valley and provide an advanced healthcare facility and service, helping ECRMC continue to achieve it’s goal of providing excellence in healthcare.

Recent additions to the hospital include the opening of the Wound Care Center; the implementation of the Hospitalist Program; the Asthma and Diabetes Program; and the Children’s Specialist Program. A new Outpatient Center is A new Outpatient Center is planned in order to continue excellent service within the local community.

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