From the daily archives: Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Holtville Lady Vikings secured second place in the Imperial Valley Softball League on Monday with a win against the Southwest Eagles. It was a tight game as the Eagles came out fired up and loaded the bases in the first inning with no outs. But Holtville’s pitcher Demi Johnson settled in and ended striking out the next three batters. Holtville scored their only run as Aslynn Rubin walked in the third, stole second and scored on a single hit by Joanna Larios. The Vikings held the Eagles, not allowing any runs, with some very good defensive play. The Vikings didn’t get any help from the umpires, as there were three questionable calls during the game. One at first, one at third and Demi Johnson was called out at home plate in the seventh inning.  The Lady Vikings will be off to Calexico Tuesday for their final IVL game this season. The Vikings are in second place with a record of  8-3-0. Calexico’s record is 0-8-1. The first place team is Palo Verde with a record of 9-2-0.  They will play the Brawley Wildcats Tuesday. Brawley is 7-4-0. Palo Verde’s losses were against Southwest and Imperial. Holtville’s losses were two from Palo Verde and one from Brawley. This will be one time that Holtville will be rooting for Brawley as the Vikings have to tie for first with a Brawley win over Palo Verde and a Holtville win against Calexico

 

By Mario Conde

The County Board of Supervisors decided to hold an action for now on the controversial SB 1070 that was signed into law in Arizona last month.

Since the signing of the law there’s been a lot of opposition to the law saying that this law will lead to racial profiling and will violate basic human rights as President Barack Obama stated after the approval of this bill. The City of Calexico passed a resolution denouncing this bill as well as other cities in California such as West Hollywood, Oakland, City of Las Cruces, and Fulton County, Georgia. The City of West Hollywood and Oakland supported a commercial boycott against Arizona.

Supervisor Jack Terrazas said that he got an e-mail from the Arizona Latino Caucus asking the board to wait on their resolutions since the Latino Caucus will draft a resolution at an emergency national convention that pressures Congress to pass an immigration reform. The Latino Caucus will look for the support of cities and counties to support their resolution to have unified voice, according to Supervisor Terrazas. He said that the organization might have their resolution ready by June 18.

El Centro Resident, Tony Lopez and Calexico resident Oscar Gonzalez asked the board to pass this resolution

Supervisor Gary Wyatt said that this issue creates a lot of emotion and said that there is a drug war on the border and Arizona need to protect its borders. Wyatt said the he favored Supervisor Terrazas’ proposal and wait until the Latino Caucus has their resolution ready.

Supervisor Mike Kelley said that he opposes any law or action that harms or offends any ethnic group but said that the law has not gone into effect and they don’t know what will be the outcome. Kelley suggested waiting and seeing what direction the Latino leaders in Arizona will make.

Supervisor Wally Leimgruber made a big statement and said that he will not support any of the resolutions since it called for a boycott of Arizona and said that he will not support these kinds of action against the State.

“I as a board member am not in favor of boycotting a state that is trying to deal with humanity issues and this senate bill is dealing with the drug cartels coming through their borders and I just feel it’s inappropriate for a County to boycott and impact their economic development.”

Leimgruber said that he is supporting an immigration reform and said he would like to see a visa program adopted by the United States Congress. Board Chairman Louis Fuentes said that this is an injustice being done in Arizona but said that he didn’t like any of the proposed resolutions on the table and said that the county should work on its own version and also wait and see what direction the Arizona Latino Caucus takes. An update on this will be given at next week’s meeting.

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain eligible Private Non-Profit (PNP) organizations.

On May 7, 2010 President Obama, at the request of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, signed a Major Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance following the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Imperial County April 4. This declaration makes funding available to state and Imperial County agencies. It also makes assistance available to certain non-profit organizations on a cost sharing basis for eligible recovery projects.

All interested PNPs should begin the process by applying to the California Emergency Management agency (Cal EMA) no later than June 2. At the time of application, FEMA will determine if the PNP provides essential governmental services. If the PNP meets the criteria, FEMA will then classify those essential governmental services as either critical or non-critical.

Eligible PNP facilities providing critical services may immediately apply for a grant from FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program. Some examples of PNP facilities in this category are those that provide power, water, sewer, wastewater treatment, communications, emergency medical care, and fire or rescue services.

Eligible PNP facilities providing non-critical services will be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for a low-interest disaster loan to cover property damages. If the SBA cannot approve a low interest disaster loan or meet all of the PNP’s needs, SBA will refer the PNP back to FEMA. However, the PNP applicant is responsible for re-applying to FEMA for assistance. Some examples of PNP facilities in this category are food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, youth programs, YMCAs and YWCAs. PNPs with any questions may contact SBA toll free at (800) 659 2955.

To apply for assistance the PNP must file a Request for Public Assistance (RPA), FF-90-49

and a PNP Facility Questionnaire FF 90-121 with FEMA through Cal EMA. For information on the forms and a local contact person the PNP should call Cal EMA at 626-431-3257.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) coordinates overall state agency preparedness for, response to and recovery from major disasters. Cal EMA also maintains the State Emergency Plan, which outlines the organizational structure for state management of the response to natural and manmade disasters.

 

The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced an Applicant Briefing for Public Assistance (PA) will be held for local governments and certain private non-profits affected by the April 4 earthquake.

The briefing, designed to help local agencies apply for federal and state disaster assistance, has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday, May 14 at the Imperial County Office of Emergency Services. This briefing is targeted to applicants, including state and local governments and certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations that provide an essential government service.

These agencies may apply for PA grants to reimburse for eligible costs incurred for debris removal, emergency protective measures and repairs to facilities damaged during the earthquake.

During the briefing, Cal EMA will inform prospective applicants of available assistance and explain eligibility requirements for obtaining federal assistance under the President’s May 7 Disaster Declaration for Imperial County, which was requested by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

Cal EMA officials also will provide agency representatives with information about applying for state disaster assistance though the California Disaster Assistance Act.

The deadline for agencies to prepare and submit their Request for Public Assistance form is June 2, though applicants typically present the document during the briefing.

Under the PA program, FEMA reimburses eligible applicants for 75 percent of their eligible costs. Cal EMA pays 18.75 percent of eligible costs incurred by city and county agencies and special districts. Local agencies pick up the remaining 6.25 percent. State agencies and certain private nonprofits are responsible for the entire nonfederal share, which is 25 per cent.

At the briefing, state officials will outline the seven categories (A through G) of emergency response and permanent repair work eligible for PA grant assistance following the Baja/Imperial County earthquake.

Emergency Work

Category A: Debris Removal – Work to eliminate an immediate threat to life and property, including clearance of trees and woody debris; building wreckage, sand, mud, silt and gravel; vehicles; and other material deposited on public and, in very limited cases, private property.

Category B: Emergency Protective Measures – Measures taken before, during and immediately after a disaster to save lives, protect public health and safety, and eliminate or reduce an immediate threat of significant damage to improved public and private property.

Examples of eligible emergency protective measures include:

  • Life and Safety forces (police, fire, ambulance and guards)
  • Provision of shelters or emergency care
  • Bracing/shoring up of eligible damaged structures
  • Emergency repairs
  • Emergency demolition of eligible infrastructure
  • Removal of health and safety hazards

Permanent Work

  • Category C : Roads and Bridges – Repair of roads, bridges, shoulders, ditches, lighting and signs
  • Category D : Water Control Facilities – Repair of irrigation systems, drainage channels and pumping facilities; repair of levees, dams and flood control channels is eligible but limited
  • Category E : Buildings and Equipment – Repair or replacement of public buildings, including contents and systems; heavy equipment; and vehicles
  • Category F : Utilities – Repair of water treatment and delivery systems; power generation facilities and distribution lines; and sewage collection and treatment facilities
  • Category G : Parks, Recreational Facilities, Other – Repair and restoration of parks, playgrounds, pools, cemeteries and beaches; work otherwise not covered in categories A-F

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

 
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