From the daily archives: Wednesday, May 12, 2010

By Jim Predmore

The Holtville Lady Vikings faced off with the Imperial Tigers on Tuesday afternoon at Holtville High School. The Tigers were the first to score as they got 1 run in the second inning. The Viking’s came back with 2 in the bottom of the second to go up 2-1. In a back and forth game, the Tigers added another run in the third and the Vikings added 3 more. The Tigers opened it up with 5 runs in the fourth inning, with Holtville only getting 1 to bring Tigers out on top 7-6 after four innings. Neither team scored in the fifth inning. The Tiger bats came alive in the sixth inning as they scored 7 runs to go up 14-6. Holtville was only able to add one run in the bottom of the sixth to bring the score to 14-7 for the Tigers. The Vikings were able to hold down the Tigers in the top of the seventh. It was one of those games were you think it is over, with the Vikings being down by 7 runs and going into their last at bat, but the Vikings didn’t think so.  Allynee Rubin opened it up with a line drive into left field; Cassie Acosta added another hit, as did Lexi Angulo.  Stephanie Stuhr added a hit, and before you knew it, the Vikings had scored 6 runs to make the score 14-13 in favor of the Tigers. The Tigers got two outs against the Vikings before Bethany Lehman came up with another hit to keep it alive. Having batted around the order, Allynee Rubin came up again in the bottom of the last inning and with two outs and a runner on first, smacked a double off the center field wall, allowing Lehman to make it around the bases and score the tying run. Cassie Acosta then came to the plate with two out and a runner at second in scoring position. The Tigers’ pitcher got a little wild and the ball got away from the catcher allowing Rubin to advance to third. So with two outs and a 3-2 count on Acosta, the Tigers’ pitcher threw ball four.  The ball got away from the catcher, walking Acosta and allowing Rubin to score from third for the winning run in a remarkable come back victory for the Vikings.

 

Mariachi Time and the Political Scene are Blending Well Together

IT’S MARIACHI WEEK IN CALEXICO and we got into the spirit at the Chamber of Commerce’s Mariachi Mixer.
It was a great festive occasion because the pressure was off in the Border City.
Most of the earthquake damage had been cleaned up and the school district was functioning on all cylinders.
I ran into Carmen Durazo and Bill Hodge, who were all smiles because they got back to work at CHS.  Carmen is running for County Supervisor from District 5 and Hodge is trying for the City Council.
Carmen has a tough road ahead with stiff competition from John Renison, Louis Fuentes and Luis Castro. They are all experienced campaigner, But she has some too. She served on the Calexico City Council for four years.
Hodge is running against five others including incumbent Willie Hermosillo, who was appointed to fill the remaining term of Louis Fuentes who moved to the County Supervisor’s position.
It was a different conversation because the candidates talked of making it to the November election more than winning the primary with the required 51 percent for victory.
When the field is crowded, as it always is in Calexico, name recognition is more important than the issues. We will find out in June whose achieved the most recognition. You’ll get our picks before the election.
THERE WERE PLENTY OF CANDIDATES AT THE Mariachi Mixer and like everyone else, they were enjoying the lighthearted evening. Hildy Carrillo always knows how to throw a first class party.
WE HAD AN INTERESTING conversation with Hildy about Mariachi Mixteco, the youthful Mariachi group that performs regularly at Chamber functions.
Performers can start as early as 12 years old and continued into the their 20s. They learn the music and how to put on a show on stage form the other members of the group. Tuesday evening, there was one new member to the group playing along with the seasoned vets. She was young and a little nervous, but she was catching on fast with the help of another performer.
It’s nice to see young folks get the chance to improve their musical skills and do it in a professional setting.
They will get plenty more experience over the next several years if they stay with it.
Hildy told me members of the group usually leave in their early twenties. They get through college or start careers or find spouses.
Mariachi music makes a good transition to the start of an adult life. That’s a good reason to celebrate this year.
WE HOPE THE WIND WILL DIE DOWN  after blowing for want seemed like a month during April.   It carried over into May, but looks like there are plenty of signs it will let up.
Now it will be the politicians turns to huff about what they are going to do for us. That ought to stir up a whole lot more wind.
Enjoy the Mariachi concert this weekend and celebrate a return to normal.

 

By Mario Conde

The County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday the reallocation of CDBG grants for people that were affected by the earthquake last month.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared the Imperial County as a disaster zone due to the 7.2 magnitude earthquake the hit our region in April. The County Board of supervisors heard from people that lived in trailer parks their grief and problems facing after the earthquake. Residents of those areas returned to the County Board of Supervisors to support the reallocation of monies and approval of the resolution that could help them get back on track after they had been spending a most of their income in paying utility bills.

The board of Supervisors gave direction to the Planning and Development Services Department to look for reallocation of CDBG funds for earthquake Disaster recovery for eligible earthquake disaster related loses. Planning and Development reallocated the amount of $637,043.30 that was set aside from other projects. The county approved the reallocation of $83,695.48 from the Farm worker freeze emergency grant and $516,752 from the Housing Rehabilitation program.

Roberta Burns said that this is going to go a long way and announced that there will be fundraisers organized to continue with the help. Luis Olmedo from Comite Civico del Valle said that this action will be for a good cause and in a time when people need it the most. The Board closed the Public Hearing portion and approved it unanimously. Field Representative form Assemblyman Manuel Perez, Rebecca Terrazas-Baxter, announced that Perez supports this reallocation for the families in need in the Imperial Valley.

In other items, the county board of supervisors approved a resolution approving submittal of Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA) Application for continuation of funding. Each participating county is required to establish and maintain a multi-agency juvenile Justice coordination council for the purpose of developing, reviewing, and updating comprehensive plan that documents the condition of local juvenile and find the gaps need to be improved.

The JJCPA is state funded initiative created by crime prevention act of 2000 to provide a stable funding source for local juvenile justice programs aimed at preventing delinquency among at risk youth. The allocation for Imperial County for fiscal year 2010-11 is $440,679

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May 17th deadline looms for non-profits to file returns

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Bob Filner wants to make sure charities in San Diego and Imperial counties know they could be threatened by a rule that requires the organizations to file a yearly return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to keep their the non-profit status. Organizations that go three years without filing an annual return will automatically lose its tax-exempt status.

“Charities do so much for other people they sometimes get caught up in serving the community and fall behind on paperwork.  I want to make sure they can keep their tax-exempt status and keep serving people,” said Filner.  “Many of these charities are the backbones of our communities, and we can’t afford to lose them.”

The deadline is Monday, May 17, for these organizations to file the required forms. The National Center for Charitable Statistics has created a website to search what organizations could be threatened http://nccsdataweb.urban.org/PubApps/statePicker.php?prog=epostcard&display=state.

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 requires most tax-exempt organizations, other than churches or other houses of worship, to file a yearly return or notice with the IRS. An organization that has not filed an annual return in the past three years, even those with gross receipts normally under $25,000, could automatically loses tax-exempt status.

Loss of exempt status means an organization must file income tax returns and pay income tax, and its contributors will not be able to deduct their donations. Organizations would then have to file all over again for recognition as tax-exempt with the IRS.

For more information, the IRS website has further details http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=217087,00.html

 

Baseball Report

By Bob Hurst

So how are two of the most highly-touted rookies to begin the season doing? Just fine, thank you. Atlanta’s Jayson Heyward and Detroit’s Austin Jackson were named the NL and AL Rookies of the month for April, and they seem to be getting better.

Heyward, 20, led all rookies with six home runs and 19 RBIs in April to go with five multi-hit games. He hit a homer in his first major league at-bat on Opening Day against Carlos Zambrano of the Chicago Cubs, and had a walk-off, game-winning single against Colorado on April 18.

“It’s nice to be recognized,” Heyward said. “My teammates have a lot to do with it.
They’re great. They help me have fun and just go out and enjoy myself playing this game.”

Although Heyward, a right-fielder, hit just .240 in April, he has improved to .291, to go with eight homers and 26 RBIs through his first 28 games. He had his third game of three or more RBIs when he knocked in three runs in a 7-1 win over Houston on May 2.

“You know it’s not by accident he’s having the success he’s having,” Braves pitcher Derek Lowe said.

Jackson, the Tigers center-fielder and leadoff hitter, had a .364 batting average in April, and led all rookies with 20 runs, 36 hits, a .422 on-base percentage and five stolen bases.

Jackson, 23, had 12 multi-hit games last month, including a five-hit performance against the Los Angeles Angels on April 30. He hit safely in 12 of his initial 13 big league games.

Going into Tuesday’s game, Jackson was second in AL batting with a .360 average behind teammate Miguel Cabrera’s .377 mark. His 10-game hitting streak ended on Monday in a win over the New York Yankees, the team that he was a former prospect of.

In his first 30 games, Jackson hit safely in 27, the most by a Tigers rookie since Dale Alexander started 27 of 30 in 1929.

“Right now, everybody is pretty much on his bandwagon because he’s done so well,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said after a game last week. “When is the last time you heard people talking about (former Tiger center-fielder) Curtis Granderson here? And I don’t mean that disrespectfully.”

Braden’s gem: Dallas Braden first made news this season when he expressed his dismay at the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, who took a shortcut back to first base after a foul ball by running across the pitcher’s mound.

But the best headline was the one he got on Monday, a day after throwing a perfect game in Oakland’s 4-0 win over Tampa Bay. Braden retired 27 consecutive Rays hitters to record just the 17th perfect game in the modern era.

“Pretty cool,” Braden said. “I don’t know what to think about it just yet. There’s definitely a select group. I’d like to have a career more than today.”

Braden, the 24th-round pick by the A’s in the 2004 draft, played for eight minor league teams in his first four years in the pros. He had a 17-23 record and 4.62 ERA before Sunday’s game.

And what did A-Rod think of Braden’s gem?

“I’ve learned in my career that it’s always better to be remembered for some of the good things you do on the field, and good for him,” Rodriguez said. “He threw a perfect game. And, even better, he beat the Rays.”

The Rays were no-hit for the third time in franchise history, and were on the losing end of a perfect game for the second time in less than a year. Mark Buehrle pitched a perfect game on July 23, 2009 for the Chicago White Sox in a 5-0 win over the Rays.

StatsWatch: Here are the last 10 perfect games in major league history —

May 9, 2010: Dallas Braden, A’s, 4-0 vs. Rays.

July 23, 2009: Mark Buehrle, White Sox, 5-0 vs. Rays.

May 18, 2004: Randy Johnson, Diamondbacks, 2-0 vs. Braves.

July 18, 1999: David Cone, Yankees, 6-0 vs. Expos.

May 17, 1998: David Wells, Yankees, 4-0 vs. Twins.

July 28, 1994: Kenny Rogers, Rangers, 4-0 vs. Angels.

July 28, 1991: Dennis Martinez, Expos, 2-0 vs. Dodgers.

Sept. 16, 1998: Tom Browning, Reds, 1-0 vs. Dodgers.

Sept. 30, 1984, Mike Witt, Angels, 1-0 vs. Rangers.

May 15, 1981, Len Barker, Indians, 3-0 vs. Blue Jays.

Copyright © 2010  Bob Hurst. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Hurst Sports Media.

 
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