County Supervisors Approved Reallocation of CDBG Grants for Earthquake Vitums

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