Daily Archives: August 18, 2010

In Others Words

Tax Gets the Usual Treatment

HOLTVILLE TOOK ANOTHER STAB AT its Utility Tax last week.
It’s the only one, except Brawley, that is operating. Since the potential for controversy is high, the Holtville council did what most governments of any size do. They agreed to a study of the law and postponed action on it until the end of October.
Cool.
Postponing something is among the best ways a city can duck an issue. Along with promising an “extensive study” of it.
So the second thing the council did was order an “extensive study.”
By the time they get around to bringing this back, everybody will have forgotten about it and they will be able to do whatever they like with it. Which means it will probably stay in place.
Taxes never disappear the way the people who pass them think they will. Once in place, someone will have to find out how to come up with the money they need without the offensive tax. In the case of the utility tax, it is hardly noticed by most people, since it is tacked onto your bill for electricity, telephone and even cable television. It just blends in with the  rest of the numbers.
Also, like most taxes, its original purpose has been blurred and the money that was specifically set aside to keep Holtville with its own police department, has now gone to other uses including mowing the lawn at Holt Park.
It’s just too tempting for governments to see a big pile of cash and not dig into it for other purposes.
The police department has been turned over to the County Sheriff, but the tax is still here. So where is the money going? a little more explanation should be coming from the council.
It will be interesting to see what this study turns up. Somebody needs to think a little harder on where to get some money other than the people’s pockets.
CIVIC GROUPS AND NONPROFITS are having to find new places to host their major events. The Imperial Valley Joint Chambers of Commerce will be moving its Fall mixer to Brawley this year. The place has yet to be determined.
Without the presence of the centrally located Barbara Worth County Club, the Joint Chambers are sending their mixer on the road. It will be rotated among its members each year.
I ATTENDED THE CALEXICO CHAMBER as a member of that August board this week. They have a very large and diverse membership with somebody aggressively pursuing events to stimulate the economy in that city.
More Chambers would do well to check out what the Border City does and perhaps do something to help its members make it through the recession.
Brawley brought in Congressman Filner to talk with members about the current economic climate
Too bad more Chambers aren’t interested in doing something like this.
That’s something they  could do for free. Most of the time you get that same old song and dance “we don’t have any money” from these people.
WE’RE GEARING UP FOR THE the Fall season and need some writers for sports in the Valley cities of Calexico and Imperial. If there is somebody out there that would like to help out on a free-lance basis, give us a call at 356-2995.
That would include covering football and volleyball as well as other sports throughout the school year.
Payment is based on a per story used basis. Meaning you can make some extra money working part-time and have lots of fun doing it. If you can take pictures, you can earn even more. And you get to stand on the sidelines and watch the action up-close and personal.
TIME FOR OUR ANNUAL MESSAGE  to watch out around schools. Classes will be starting up again next week in several parts of the Valley and will be at full strength by Aug. 30th.
Drive safely and slowly and keep our kids safe too.
IT’S GOOD TO SEE work being done on Dogwood Road at I-8. Anything that improves what has become a major intersection will be a welcome relief from the cars zipping past the on-ramps without any consideration for those trying to turn onto Dogwood.
It’s long overdue.

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Schwarzenegger Applauds Award of $200 Million in Broadband Grants for California

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement after it was announced that California was awarded over $200 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) grants by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration for Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) projects across California:

“The projects awarded to California today stand to create hundreds of jobs for Californians and benefit thousands more. Getting broadband access to those in underserved areas is essential to promoting economic growth and spurring job creation. The grants awarded to California today will supply that foundation.”

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DNA Helps Nab L.A.’s Suspected Westside Rapist

Accused Westside Rapist John Floyd Thomas, Jr., who is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom today, was apprehended in pursuit of DNA evidence in the Grim Sleeper serial murder case.

Thomas is accused of murdering seven women in Los Angeles and is a suspect in as many as two dozen other murders.

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CBP Arrests Mexicali Resident for Cocaine Smuggling at California Port

Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry discovered 30 pounds of cocaine hidden inside a red 1995 Toyota Camry over the weekend.

The incident occurred at about 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 15, when a CBP officer referred a 32-year-old male Mexican citizen to the secondary examination area after the driver displayed signs of nervousness as he waited in line for inspection.

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Imperial County to Challenge Environmental Protection Agency’s Limited Disapproval of the ICAPCD’s Regulation VIII Fugitive Dust rules

By Mario Conde

After consideration at their close session meeting the County Board of Supervisors approved the pursuit of challenge to EPA disapproval of Dust Rules.

The Board, in its capacity as Imperial County Air Pollution Control District met in closed session in the middle of their meeting Tuesday and voted 4-1 to approve action to pursue all legal remedies, including litigation if necessary, to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s limited disapproval of the ICAPCD’s regulation VIII fugitive dust rules. Chairman Louis Fuentes was the only member who voted against this action.

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