From the daily archives: Monday, July 12, 2010

The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) announced today that June sales tax allocations to local governments will not increase by anticipated 5.7 percent due to a decline in cash receipts for the second quarter 2010 of 3.53 percent compared to last year’s receipts for the same time period.   An analysis of second quarter 2010 data, including cash receipts in April, caused the BOE to proceed without an increase to local jurisdictions while continuing to monitor the statewide cash receipts for the remainder of the calendar quarter to determine whether further adjustments will be required.  The latest Department of Finance sales tax projections, dated June 2010, provide for an estimated 5.7 percent increase.   BOE makes monthly allocations to 764 local jurisdictions based on a formula that includes historical allocations, growth factor adjustments to the base, transfers and audits, and actual cash receipts.  Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2008, the BOE reduced advance payments to local taxing jurisdictions beyond adjustments based on the negative growth factors projected at the time by the Department of Finance due to an unprecedented drop in taxable sales stemming from the recession.  While there are indicators that taxable sales are beginning to recover from the recession, it is not reflected in the most recent cash receipts data available.   The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board.  The BOE collects more than $48 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services.  It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes.  For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit   Schedule of June 2010 Payments: Sample Letter:


By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council passed an emergency measure prohibiting new or relocated adult entertainment businesses during a special period for 45 days.

In a special meeting held two weeks ago City Administration stated that they currently regulate adult entertainment establishments in order to prevent deleterious and unlawfully secondary effects, such as prostitution, organized crime, and urban blight. This 45-day moratorium procedure authorized will allow for the study of regulations these establishments. The Council wishes to study the potential options and effects of zoning and operations of these entities. No store of this kind will be able to be granted licenses, use permits, or zoning approvals for existing or new Adult entertainment businesses.

Assistant City Manager Armando Villa said that the current ordinance does not adequately reflect the goals and objectives of the City Council in preventing deleterious secondary hazards of adult entertainments and failing to modify the current, insufficient regulations of adult entertainment will pose an immediate threat to public health and making it too easy for these businesses to become established.

The resolution stated that while enhancing regulation of adult entertainment establishments, it is the intention of the City Council to do so while protecting freedom of speech guaranteed by the Federal and State Constitutions. This moratorium, City Staff said, on new and different locations for adult entertainment businesses in the City of Calexico is to give the City the opportunity to best evaluate how these businesses can be regulated to both accommodate free speech and protect businesses can be regulated to both accommodate free speech and protect businesses and individual right to freedom of speech.

The ordinance is made since there are efforts underway for an adult entertainment establishment to either open or relocate within the City.

One Adult business store that was effect recently by the earthquake is the VIP adult book store on Third St was demolished due to the damages to the property. They are currently looking for a new location in the City of Calexico.


By Mario Conde

After one month of uncertainty, Juan Vargas was declared winner to the democratic primary for State Senate District

The Final resolution of this very completive primary race in Riverside County was made one day after Superior Court Judge Mac Fischer ordered 12,563 misplaced ballots be counted; just like the situation in Imperial County were 30 absentees were not counted. The final count comes after the judge ordered 12,500 mail-in ballots to be counted in the primary election after they were sent to the post office on time but were not delivered to election officials before the voting deadline. Imperial County voters supported Juan Vargas last June with 4,406 votes against 3,379 that Mary Salas recieved.

Final results show that Vargas won the race by 22 district wide pulling and upset victory against Assemblywoman Many Salas (D-Chula Vista) who aspired to replace term-out senator Denise Moreno Ducheny who finish up her term at the end of the year. Vargas won win 50.03% of the vote against 49.98%  in Riverside County.

Juan Vargas will now face Brian Hendry of Chula Vista in November to see who will be the District representative for the next four years.


El Centro, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector and Imperial County Sheriff’s Office coordinated the rescue of two men who were stranded for days in the mountains west of El Centro.

On Monday, at approximately 4:28 p.m., El Centro Sector communications received a call from ICSO dispatch regarding the lost men. Dispatch stated that the men claimed they had been lost for two days and were without water. The men were able to describe terrain features and roads in the area.

Border Patrol agents were given the information and immediately conducted a search of the area described. ICSO maintained contact with the men and provided updates of their status. At approximately 5:37 p.m. a CBP Office of Air and Marine helicopter located the men. The men were located south of Highway 98 and west of Clark Road.

As part of the Border Patrol Border Safety Initiative all agents are certified as first responders and are trained to respond to a situation such as this one.

“The goal of BSI is to enhance public safety and humanitarian efforts by the United States Border Patrol” stated El Centro Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey A. Calhoon, “in this case, providing our agents with the proper tools and training prevented the loss of life.” Chief Calhoon further stated, “The cooperation amongst law enforcement agencies is vital in keeping our community safe as illustrated here.”

Agents transported both men to awaiting emergency personnel. Both men were transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center for further evaluation.

At approximately 8:45 p.m. both men were discharged from ECRMC. They were treated for heat exhaustion.

It was determined that both men were Mexican citizens illegally present in the United States. They were transported to the El Centro Station for processing.


Visitor Savings Pass Targets Mexican Nationals

[El Centro, CA] — Imperial Valley Mall continues to build on the international shopper base and tourism markets by launching a Visitor Savings Pass just in time for summer.
“Mexican Nationals represent the tourist shopper in these communities. It is vital for us to reach this important shopper base through targeted marketing efforts such as the bilingual Visitor Savings Pass,” said Veronica Baca-Martinez, Group Marketing Director for CBL.
International shoppers looking to save money without sacrificing the amount of items they can buy will find exclusive savings offers from national and specialty tenants inside the bilingual pamphlet. And as an additional incentive, the pamphlet is FREE! The Visitors Savings Pass is available at Imperial Valley Mall’s Customer Service Center located near Express and Forever 21 on the west side of the mall.
In order to increase visibility of the Visitor Savings Pass and gain more exposure, the shopping center has also developed partnerships with the local tourism offices, area attractions and hotels.
About Imperial Valley Mall:
Imperial Valley Mall is managed by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. of Chattanooga, Tennessee, (NYSE:CBL). Imperial Valley Mall is a 762,637 square-foot regional mall with an outstanding anchor line-up including Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears and Cinemark, plus over 100 specialty shops, one-of-a-kind food court, restaurants and entertainment. Imperial Valley Mall is conveniently located just off I-8 at Dogwood. More information can be found at

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