Congressman Filner calls on BP to direct dividends to special account for spill cleanup and victim compensation

As BP board members debate whether to move forward with a scheduled dividend payment, U.S. Congressman Bob Filner joined 31 other members of Congress to call on the oil company to instead direct those funds to an escrow account dedicated to cleaning up the Deepwater Horizon spill and compensating its victims.

CBP Officers Discover Marijuana in Concrete Furniture

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a drug smuggling attempt at the Douglas, Ariz., Port of Entry when a large mobile X-ray unit detected more than 300 pounds of marijuana concealed in concrete tables.

CBP officers discovered more than 300 pounds of marijuana embedded  inside concrete furniture.
CBP officers discovered more than 300 pounds of marijuana embedded inside concrete furniture.

Congressman Filner dedicates flag flown over U.S. Capitol to Imperial Valley College

U.S. Congressman Bob Filner, center, presented Imperial Valley College with a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol and a certificate dedicating the flag to the school. Congressman Filner was joined by Imperial Valley College President Dr. Ed Gould, right, and Academic Senate President Kevin White, left, to raise the new U.S. flag over Imperial Valley College.

County Supervisor’s Approve Phase II for the Imperial Regional Center

By Mario Conde

The County Board of Supervisors approved plans and specifications for the construction of the Imperial Center infrastructure project phase II.

Calexico Native Joins Priesthood, Continues His Work For God

By Mario Conde
After serving God in every capacity by being a key part of the Catholic community since he was a child, Father Efrain Bautista celebrated his first Mass as a priest after being ordained last Friday at the San Diego Diocese.
A solemn Mass of thanksgiving was celebrated Saturday in Calexico for Father Efrain Bautista where more than 1,000 people attended to celebrate with  Father Efrain.
In attendance was Bishop of Oakland Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone who was a priest  in Calexico for many years. Also, many of the priests that worked with Efrain at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Calexico came to the Mass.
Father Edmundo Zarate-Suarez spoke about Efrain and how when he was a kid he wanted to know Jesus, but his parents never allowed him to go to church. Father Edmundo said that he started going to a protestant church but his aunt brought him to the Catholic Church. Zarate-Suarez recalled how Efrain worked at the Church in very job  from being altar boy, catechism teacher, confirmation program coordinator to church council. Father Edmundo said Efrain knew from an early age the responsibility to serve God.
“For us the priests who have worked with him know that he is someone that we can depend on, he always got the job done. When he was in Rome he had more responsibility than his peers since he was the president of the student association at the North American College in Rome. The only one from the  San Diego Diocese that has been president is Efrain, someone from Calexico,” he said.
Zarate said that when he saw Efrain at his ordination, many memories passed by about his work at the church and said that it was a natural thing for him to become a priest.
“God always chooses and he chose you to be his priest.” Zarate told Efrain, “We all wish that you become a great priest, that you are filled with love to the Lord and the people you serve.”
Father Efrain Bautista was sent by San Diego Diocese Bishop Robert Brom to serve in Brawley at Sacred Heart Church as associate pastor for both catholic churches in Brawley.