Daily Archives: August 25, 2010

CBP in San Diego Makes Largest Methamphetamine Seizure at Sea

San Diego — U.S. Customs and Border Protection marine interdiction agents Sunday stopped a U.S. citizen with 144 pounds of methamphetamine and 10 pounds of cocaine in a hidden compartment under the deck of his boat.

At about 12:30 p.m. on August 22, CBP marine interdiction agents on routine patrol stopped a private pleasure craft, a 1994 23-foot Bayliner with one male U.S. citizen on board, as it returned to the U.S. from Mexico.

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Brown Seeks $34 Million From TV’s Tax Lady Roni Deutch For Victimizing Thousands Who Sought Her Aid in Dealing With the IRS

Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today filed a $34 million lawsuit against television’s “Tax Lady Roni Deutch” for orchestrating a “heartless scheme” that swindled thousands of people facing serious and expensive tax collection problems with the IRS.

“Tax Lady Roni Deutch is engaged in a heartless scheme that swindled people with tax problems,” Brown said. “She promises to significantly reduce their IRS tax debts, but instead preys on their vulnerability, taking large up-front payments but providing little or no help in lowering their tax bills.”

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CBP Officers Discover Marijuana Hidden inside Passenger Area of a Van in Southern California

Calexico, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry discovered 517 pounds of marijuana hidden inside a brown 1995 Dodge van over the weekend.

On August 21, CBP officers from Calexico port of entry discovered 517 lbs of marijuana hidden inside a van.

The incident occurred on Saturday, August 21, at about 2:45 p.m. when a CBP officer conducting vehicle primary inspections referred the driver, a 69-year-old male Mexican citizen, to the secondary examination area after the driver displayed signs of nervousness during the vehicle primary interview.

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Brawley Resident Earns Bachelor’s Degree

Charles Keith Rowe, a resident of BRAWLEY, CA  has earned a(n) Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College.
Excelsior College (www.excelsior.edu) is an accredited, private, nonprofit institution that focuses on the needs of working adults. Its primary mission is to increase access to a college degree for adult learners by removing obstacles to their educational goals. Excelsior’s unique strength is its acknowledged leadership in the assessment of student knowledge. It does so by providing working adults multiple avenues to degree completion that include its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance of credit in transfer from other colleges and universities.
Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, N.Y., it is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Its bachelor’s degrees in nuclear engineering technology and electronics engineering technology are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. Excelsior’s degree programs in nursing are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The School of Nursing has been designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. Excelsior’s bachelor’s degrees in accounting (NYS CPA Track) and business are recognized by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Its Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program is the first exclusively distance learning-based program to be admitted to full membership in to the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP).

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Measure J Benefits To IVC Are Outlined

What is Measure “J”?
On November 2, 2010, voters in the Imperial Community College District will be asked to approve a bond measure that would generate $80 million for career and public safety training facilities and continued modernization of the 50-year-old IVC Campus. This money would stay in the Imperial Valley and only be used to improve local college facilities.
How much would Measure “J” cost? Measure “J” does not increase tax rates. The current tax rate for IVC is $25 per $100,000 of assessed valuation and is not expected to change.
What about other sources of funding?
IVC would be eligible for an additional $25 million in State matching funds, however, a local match is required. Measure “J” will provide that local match. In the event state matching funds are not realized, projects lower on the priority list will be postponed and may not be funded through this bond measure. IVC will continue to look for other sources of funding.
What would Measure “J” do?
IVC’s full 10 year plan has been split into two phases and the Measure J would cover Phase I. Any projects not completed in Phase I will be moved into future phases of the plan.
What are the specific priorities for Measure “J”?
Priority 1—Construction of a Career Technical Training facility and remodeling of the existing
buildings to house classrooms and labs for Police Officers Standards and Training, fire sciences, EMS training, laboratories for alternative energy, automotive repair, welding and other vocational training.
Priority 2—Modernization of the existing Counseling Center, College Center, Multipurpose/Gym, Business/Data Processing, Library, and Health Sciences and other instructional areas to accommodate smart classrooms and updated technology. These include the core classrooms on the campus. Many of them were first opened in 1962 and after 50 years of use are showing their age.
This will also include the conversion of existing spaces to be better used as classrooms.
Priority 3—Replace 50 year old plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical systems to accommodate expansion of the college, and to provide modern classrooms and technology. This will include the conversion of campus air conditioning systems into a highly efficient centralized HVAC Chiller Plant.
It would be significantly more efficient than existing systems which are reaching the ends of their useful lives. This plant would reduce operational and maintenance costs, save energy and money, and provide for future campus growth. Priority 4—Construct a new technology/library building. This building not only will house IVC’s traditional library, it also will consolidate computer labs on campus that are now located in temporary buildings into one location. IVC’s current library will be converted into classrooms.
Priority 5—Construct a new College Center with community meeting rooms to house student food services and other student offices.

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