This Week in Baseball

By Bob Hurst
So why exactly were the San Diego Padres leading the National League West at the start of this week?
Pitching, for one thing. The Padres went into Monday’s series against Colorado with the third-best Earned Run Average of any pitching staff in the major league’s with a 2.76 mark. They shut out Milwaukee in three of four games, not bad given the fact that the Brewers led the NL in runs scored going into the series.
Those blanks gave the Padres six shutouts during a 13-3 spurt after starting the season 3-6.
Two of those shutouts were contributed to by starter Wade LeBlanc. LeBlanc was 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA going into Tuesday’s starting assignment. Kevin Correia was 4-1 with a 3.86 ERA and Jon Garland was 3-2 with a 2.06 ERA after Sunday’s game. Closer Heath Bell had seven saves in his first eight chances.
“Right now we’re just feeding off each other, and it’s fun,” Garland said. “We don’t talk about it, but we know it. As long as we can keep coming out and keep giving this team a chance, we’re going to get on base, we’re going to make things happen.”
The Padres success on the mound has been accomplished without big right-hander Chris Young, who is on a rehab assignment with Double-A San Antonio after recovering from shoulder surgery.

CBP in Southern California Catches 6 Fugitives with Warrants for Their Arrest

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at three ports of entry along the California/Mexico border stopped six fugitives with outstanding warrants Monday, one with a warrant from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for sex crimes involving the transportation of a minor.

In the first incident, at about 6 a.m., Bartolo Mauleon Monge, a 33-year-old male Mexican citizen, and resident of Zapopan, Mexico, walked up to the Otay Mesa port of entry. He presented an I-94 document that stated he was allowed to enter the United States. The officer suspected that the document was counterfeit, and escorted him aside for further inspection.

Calexico Casino Awaits Governors Approval

By Mario Conde

The City Council of Calexico approved a resolution approving the final parcel map of Calexico 10 Theater Parcel Map.

The Redevelopment Agency of Calexico took over the Calexico 10 Theater property in 2006 to avoid the closing of the theaters. Shortly thereafter, the Council gave direction to RDA to separate the property into parcels.

Calexico City Council Passed a Resolution Denouncing the Anti-Immigration Bill SB1070

By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council passed a resolution denouncing the anti-immigration bill SB1070 that was signed into law recently.

The law signed by Republican Governor Jan Brewer makes it a state misdemeanor crime for anyone to be in the United States unlawfully; requiring police to make an attempt, when practicable, to determine a person’s immigration status if there is reasonable suspicion that the person is an illegal alien; allow police, without warrant, to arrest a person if there is probable cause that the person is an illegal alien or is a legal alien not in possession of registration documents that the person is required to carry by federal law and imposes a fine of $2,500 and jail time when arrested.