San Diego, Imperial Valley to receive over $11.5 million for border security

Congressman Bob Filner announced today that San Diego and Imperial counties have been allocated $11,770,272 for border security measures from the Department of Homeland Security under the Operation Stonegarden program.  San Diego County is set to receive $8,844,033 and $2,926,239 will go to Imperial County.

“We need a border that is effective, efficient and secure,” said Congressman Filner.  “This money will go a long way to move us closer to that goal.”

$1.25M Drug Smuggling Ploy Uncovered at CBP U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint

Pine Valley, Calif. — Two Mexican nationals are being held in federal custody on drug smuggling charges after their failed attempt to smuggle more than 125 pounds of cocaine through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint Wednesday morning near Pine Valley.

Prior to the seizure, U.S. Border Patrol agents came across the suspected smugglers as they arrived to the checkpoint in a Nissan Quest minivan at about 9:45 a.m. As the agents interviewed the male driver and female passenger, both 30 years of age, they became suspicious of their nervous behavior.

Make-Shift Backpacks Full of Narcotics Seized in Downtown Calexico

Calexico, Calif. – On Wednesday morning, at approximately 2 a.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station were patrolling downtown Calexico when they uncovered approximately $37,000 in marijuana.

Image of drugs seized packaged as makeshift backpacks
Drugs seized in packages as makeshift backpacks.

Operation Watchdog to Keep Tabs on Hundreds of Registered Sex Offenders in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced today the successful completion of “Operation Watchdog,” an unprecedented law enforcement sweep to verify that 300 registered sex offenders in San Diego are obeying the law and living at the address they have reported to authorities. Nine arrests were made.

“Because of sex offenders’ propensity to reoffend, keeping tabs on them is crucial to protecting the public,” Brown said. “As in many things, the price of safety is constant vigilance, and my office is committed to providing that.”

Marquand Resigns from Holtville Planning Comm.

By Luke Phillips
The Holtville City Council accepted the resignation of Planning Commissioner Jim Marquand at their meeting Monday, June 12.
Marquand submitted a letter of resignation to the city clerk on June 19 and the resignation became official on June 22. Marquand’s seat had been set to expire in April of 2012.
In his letter, Marquand says that the time required to serve as a commissioner has been a great challenge to his business and personal life.
“I feel that it is not fair to the city management and the city residents to have someone in an important position as this and not be able to give one all,” he said in the letter.
Council member Colleen Ludwig said that it was with regret that the council accepted Marquand’s resignation.
“I was prepared to vote against Jim Marquand’s resignation,” Ludwig said. “He’s done a great job for our planning commission, but after I read his letter I realized it was a necessity.”
Those interested in serving on the commission must be registered to vote and reside in the City of Holtville. A letter of interest and a completed application must be submitted to the City Clerk by 5 p.m. on July 30th.