Comic-Con Draws Successful Crowds of Over 140,000

By Chris Furguson

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from the Discovery Network’s hit show Myth Busters are introuduced by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdst) at this years Comic Con in San Diego California.

For five cooler than normal days in San Diego, over 140,000 fans, retailers, celebrities and professionals spent time mingling and celebrating the popular arts at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International.

Imperial Valley College Asking Voters to Extend Measure L

Imperial Valley College will be asking voters to extend Measure L to develop funding for a new phase of its 10 year facilities plan that includes new job training and workforce development facilities as well as continued modernization of the 50-year-old campus.
The measure, which will be on the November General Election ballot, would raise up to an additional $80 million over the life of the extended taxing authority. There would be no increase in existing property tax rates.
“We desperately need vocational, career and technical facilities, but at the same time our board felt it would be irresponsible to ask for an increase in taxes. This extension will fund much needed projects at our current tax rate to get our community back to work,” said IVC President Ed Gould.
“This extension of Measure L will allow us to expand facilities specifically for nursing and other allied health programs, solar and alternative energy technical programs, and public safety training including law enforcement,” he said.
The planned career/technical center will include labs for training the alternative energy workforce as well as classrooms and other facilities to house a law enforcement training academy.

Thwarted Smuggling Attempt Results in Arrest of 24

El Centro, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents and members of the Imperial Valley Border Enforcement Security Task Force arrested two alleged smugglers and the driver of a pickup truck used to smuggle illegal aliens.

On July 22 at approximately 9:20 p.m., El Centro sector Border Patrol agents attempted to pull over a pick-up truck which failed to yield near Keystone Road and Highline Road, southeast of Brawley, Calif. The truck was later found off of Gonder Road near a ditch.

Probe Launched Into Excessive Local Government Salaries

Spurred by the outrageously high salaries paid to public officials in the city of Bell, Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today launched a joint investigation with CalPERS into the compensation paid by Bell and other local governments throughout the state.

“These outrageous salaries in Bell are shocking and beyond belief,” Brown said. “With record deficits and painful budget cuts facing California cities, astronomical local government salaries raise serious questions and demand a thorough investigation.”

Hate Crimes in California Drop 20% in 2009

Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today released an “encouraging” 2009 annual report showing that hate crimes in California fell by more than 20% last year, but he warned that we are still a long way from ending bigotry and prejudice.

“While the drop in these crimes is encouraging,” Brown said, “hate has certainly not been banished from California. The sheer total of incidents motivated by hate is a reminder of how much harder we need to work to overcome prejudice, bigotry and ignorance.”