More than 100 Stopped at California Ports of Entry for Passport and Visa Fraud

Authorities seized 107 fraudulently obtained or altered travel documents including 60 U.S. Passports during a week-long, joint operation in Southern California by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego.

From June 7 through June 13, “Operation Goalkeeper” targeted persons attempting to use stolen, lost, counterfeit, or altered travel documents to illegally cross into the United States at ports of entry along the California/Mexico border: San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico, and Andrade.

County Supervisors Still out on Landfill

By Mario Conde

The County Board of Supervisors heard an appeal about a landfill expansion on Dogwood Rd. in Imperial.

Allied Waste of Imperial Valley requested an appeal from the County Board of Supervisors in regards of the expansion of their landfill after the County Planning Commission denied the expansion after three hearings on this item. Planning and Development services requested the planning board to deny this item which they did. The applicant requested to change land use designation from “agriculture” to “Special public” west of the existing MSW landfill for a new 89-acre disposal cell within the 160-acre parcel.

Holtville City Council Pass Budget

By Luke Phillips

The Holtville City Council waited until the last minute, but finally passed a budget for the new fiscal year at their meeting Monday.

City Manager Laura Fischer warned the council that if the budget was not passed at the meeting Monday, an emergency meeting would have to be held to extend the June 30 deadline.

She also explained that passing the budget doesn’t mean that changes can’t be made later.

Baseball Report

By Bob Hurst

As the weather heats up, so do tempers.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano was caught on camera in yet another meltdown, yelling at first baseman Derrek Lee and storming through the dugout after the first inning of last Friday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. And Tampa Bay’s B.J. Upton got into a heated discussion with teammate Evan Longoria in Sunday’s game against Arizona.