EDC Awarded $500,000 by the Walmart Foundation to Expand Training Programs

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.

CHALLENGER LITTLE LEAGUE HOME RUN DERBY

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.

El Centro Regional Medical Center Stays Ahead of the Surgical Technology Curve with da Vinci Si HD Surgical System

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.

Baseball Report

By Bob Hurst

The way the Toronto Blue Jays are pounding the ball, they might just make things a little sticky for contenders in the American League East, and at least for the league’s wild-card contenders.

Toronto is still in the hunt in its division thanks to its run scoring and slugging capabilities. The Blue Jays went into Tuesday’s game leading the major leagues in runs with 247; home runs with 76; total bases with 754 and in slugging percentage at .467.

San Diego CBP Officers Find 1,300 Pounds of Marijuana in Cement Fixtures, Furniture

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility seized more than half a ton of marijuana Monday, after breaking apart cement fixtures to access the packages hidden inside.

Just before 5 p.m. on May 24, a driver with a truck carrying a shipment of cement tabletops, benches, and other furniture and cement decorative blocks, pillars, and tiles applied for entry into the U.S. at the Otay Mesa cargo facility.