California Department of Education Urged to Distribute Recovery Act Funding for Schools

California Secretary of Education Bonnie Reiss and California Recovery Task Force Director Richard Rice today issued the following statements urging the California Department of Education to allow the distribution of this fiscal year under the School Improvement Grant to turnaround California’s schools:

El Centro Sector Launches ‘Se Busca Informacion’ Campaign

Calexico, Calif. – In an effort to expand our utilization of consequences against criminal organizations, while enhancing community outreach and information gathering regarding criminal activity, the El Centro Sector Border Patrol will launch the “Se Busca Informacion” initiative to disrupt and displace smuggling members and organizations that present threats to our region.

Poster-sized depictions of the billboards are displayed at  Calexico ports of entry.
El Centro Sector’s “Se Busca Informacion” campaign seeks to disrupt smuggling organizations by posting billboards featuring people of interest, and asking the public to phone in information.

Crack Down on the Sale of Jewelry Made of Highly Toxic Lead

Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a consumer alert warning of a “serious health hazard” after he demanded that retail stores Rainbow and 5-7-9 remove from their shelves jewelry with parts containing as much as 97% lead, a potentially fatal health hazard, especially for young children.

“This jewelry represents a serious health hazard,” Brown said, “and it is especially dangerous if a child gets a hold of it and puts it in his or her mouth. Some of these bangles are almost solid lead. The jewelry must be banished from retailers’ shelves once and for all.”

CBP’s U.S. Border Patrol Seizes Marijuana, Arrests 8 Smugglers in Southwest Arizona

U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested eight suspected smugglers and seized several bundles of marijuana in a desolate area of southwest Arizona on Sunday.

Border Patrol agents assigned to Yuma Sector’s forward operating base, Camp Grip, detected the illegal entry of 10 suspected smugglers at about 10 a.m. approximately 15 miles west of the Lukeville, Ariz. port of entry. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine pilots initially spotted the group and guided agents on the ground to their location.

Imperial County Receives $3 Million in Federal Funds

U.S. Congressman Bob Filner today announced Imperial County has been issued a payment of $3,155,434 from the Department of the Interior to offset the costs incurred by the county for services related to federal lands.

“These are direct payments that can go to pay for a wide variety of vital county services, from roads to emergency response,” said Congressman Filner.  “Imperial County loses money for having federal lands in their jurisdiction, and this important program compensates them for that.”