From the daily archives: Thursday, September 9, 2010

Disaster recovery officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) announced today that nearly $3.9 million infederal and state Public Assistance funds have been awarded through August 24 to help government agencies in Imperial County cover emergency response and repair costs stemming from the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck the area on April 4, 2010.
The $3,889,918.53 represents the federal and state shares of the $4,149,246.43 in eligible earthquake emergency response and repair costs approved so far for the County of Imperial and the cities of Calexico, Calipatria, El Centro, Holtville and Imperial. Under the Public Assistance program, FEMA reimburses successful applicants for 75 percent of their eligible expenses. In California, Cal EMA pays 18.75 percent of the eligible costs incurred by city and county agencies and special districts, with local agencies picking up the remaining 6.25 percent.
The recipient agencies became eligible for Public Assistance funding from FEMA and Cal EMA on May 7, 2010, when President Barack Obama approved Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s request on behalf of Imperial County for a major disaster declaration after a preliminary damage assessment was conducted by representatives of FEMA, Cal EMA and local government. “FEMA and Cal EMA recognize that the earthquake placed a significant financial burden on government agencies serving Imperial County,” said FEMA Region IX Administrator Nancy Ward and Cal EMA Secretary Matthew Bettenhausen. “The reimbursements announced today will help reduce a significant part of that
burden.” They noted that because most federal and state disaster funds are provided after repair work has been completed and documentation has been provided, the funds approved to date represent only a portion of the disaster assistance some agencies will receive. -morePage 2: FEMA, Cal EMA approve reimbursements for government agencies in Imperial County.
The $3,889,918.53 in approved reimbursements for the County and the recipient cities represents more than 36 percent of the $10,781,800.75 in federal and state reimbursements FEMA and Cal EMA have approved through August 24, 2010, to help city and county agencies, special districts, educational institutions and other eligible entities cover eligible earthquake-related costs.
The City of Calexico has been approved for $1,481,913.14 to help cover the cost of 17 projects. The federal and state funds approved include $341,684.71 to help the city’s fire department cover $364,463.69 in eligible emergency response costs, $278,410.98 to help cover $296,971.71 in repair work related to a 36-inch gravity sewer line and $245,445.70 to help the city’s police department cover $261,808.75 in eligible emergency response costs.
The $3,889,918.53 approved to date for government agencies in Imperial County includes $951,539.40 for the City of Imperial. Nearly half of the approved funds — $466,005 – will help cover $497,072 in eligible costs related to repair of damages at City waste water clarifier plants.
Imperial County has been approved for $708,324.59 in federal and state reimbursements. The bulk of the approved reimbursements — $645,383.58 – is being awarded to help the city’s department of public works cover repairs to two Gateway water tanks.
Federal and state disaster officials have also approved reimbursements totaling $668,767.10 for the City of El Centro, including $614,241.16 to help cover the cost of work on primary and secondary clarifiers.
The City of Holtville has been approved for $43,693.78 in federal and state disaster assistance — $37,828.68 of which will be used to help pay for replacement of a damaged flag pole.
The City of Calipatria has been awarded $35,680, including $26,654.86 to help cover the cost of repairs to the town clock, park sidewalks and the airport.

 

City of Holtville

Monday,

September 6

ARE YOU LOST?

A male subject was in the area walking through the alleys looking into backyards. The caller did catch the subject looking into his/her backyard, the caller did yell out to him asking him if he was lost. The subject did not reply, he simply left quickly, the caller was advised of his options.

GET TO KNOW HIM:

The caller’s son is being very aggressive towards her new fiancé. The caller stated that her son, who’s now 19 years old hasn’t taken time to get to know her fiancé. Whenever they come close to each other the young man would lash out at him, an officer was able to council the young man, the caller was advised of her options.

BOTH COUNSELED:

It was reported that the caller’s significant other is under the influence. The subject is irate and throwing things around, him and the caller are arguing in front of their kids, they were both counseled.

Tuesday,

September 7

UNSURE:

The caller’s aunt is acting strange; the caller believes that she might have skipped her medications. When asked she simply shook her head, she was eventually counseled, she admitted to having skipped her daily dose. The caller was advised of her options and asked to keep a close eye on her.

TRAILER SCARE:

It was reported that an unknown subject has just broken the caller’s bathroom window. The caller was unsure if the subject was trying to get in or just scare him. The caller stated that he didn’t see a subject running away from his trailer. An officer did check the area and advised the caller of his options.

PRIVATE PROPERTY:

It was reported, that a group of male subjects were drinking beer on his property. The subjects were advised to put the booze away and leave, they refused to at first but eventually did leave the area. The caller was advised to call back should they return.

Wednesday,

September 8

BULLYING:

The caller’s cousin and his friends are threatening and harassing him for a no reason. The caller stated that this has been going on for a long time. A report was taken, the caller was given advised to call back should they start again.

COMPLIED:

A house down the street is playing very loud music. The caller stated that he had asked the host to turn it down but they refused. An officer was able to make contact and have they put the music down. The caller was advised to call back should they turn the music up high again.

FORGET SOMETHING?

The caller’s young friend is acting very jittery. The young man is believed to be suffering from severe depression and it is also believed that he may have forgotten to take his medication. The young man was transported home where his parents helped him with his medication. The parents were advised to keep a close eye on him.

City of El Centro

Friday, September 3

HAVING A GOOD TIME:

A male subject has his sound system turned up extremely high, and though it isn’t a party. It was a small gathering of friends on the front lawn by the system in the vehicle. The subject was contacted, he was advised to keep it down or to turn it off, and he complied to keep things civil.

DOING WHAT DOGS DO:

It was reported that a dog is tipping trashcans over from around the block onto the streets. Though no description of the dog was made, it is believed to be large and dark brown. The caller was advised to call back should the dog decide to make more of a mess.

DOUBLE A TIME:

It was reported that the caller’s husband is under the influence of alcohol and is being aggressive towards her. The caller has locked her self in their bedroom, both her and her husband were counseled and advised. The caller was advised to call back should he cause any more trouble.

Saturday, September 4

TRY USING KEYS:

Two male subjects were in the area attempting to break into his neighbor’s vehicle. The two subjects failed in breaking into the vehicle and were scared off by the caller shining a light on them. An officer did arrive on the scene, though the subjects were long gone, a report was taken.

LOCK IT UP:

The caller’s vehicle has been stolen, the caller was unsure if he had left the keys inside or if he left it unlocked. Though he is sure that he saw it late last night before bed, a report was written of the incident, the caller was advised of his options.

Sunday, September 5

GOING NOWHERE:

It was reported that the caller’s vehicle has been vandalized; the caller had found that one of his tires had been slashed with an unknown object sometime last night. A report was made of the incident; the caller was advised of his options.

FRESH BAKED:

It was reported that a few teenage subjects are loitering in the area and smoking marijuana, the subjects were last seen in the alley, but were long gone before an officer could arrive; the caller was advised to call back, should they return

Monday September 6

CHASED!

A large dog had attempted to attack the caller chasing him inside of his home. The caller states that the dog belongs to his neighbor who had been asked to keep the dog tied up. The dog was retrieved and the neighbor was counseled. The caller was advised to call back should the dog be loose.

LOOKING COOLING DOESN’T JUSTIFY:

A yellow speed bike was driving recklessly, the driver was cutting off vehicles, mowing thru stop signs and cutting corners. The caller stated that he was also cutting it close and that a crash seemed inevitable, the subject was not found.

Tuesday, September 7

IF YOU JUST LISTEN IN…:

Two female subjects were seen having an intense argument, it turned out that the caller is being accused of damaging the subject’s vehicle door deliberately. Both parties were separated; they were both advised on their options.

ON PROBATION:

The caller’s ex-boyfriend is causing some trouble at her place. She stated that he is on probation and shouldn’t be at her residence; an officer arrived and was able to handle the situation.

GETTING BACK TO WORK:

A middle aged male subject is under the influence and is loitering around the gas pumps. The caller does not want to approach the male subject. An officer did arrive while the drunken subject was still loitering; the male subject was sent on his way.

City of Brawley

Friday, September 3

A LITTLE TOO MUCH:

A couple who is in the middle of a loud argument began to throw items at one another. The caller stated that his wife started grabbing valuables to throw such as dishes and silverware, the situation was resolved by an officer on scene.

MOTHER AND SON:

The caller is worried about a mom and son couple who seem to be arguing. Apparently they were arguing over curfew, the mom wanted her son to be home a little earlier. The young man who is now 17 wanted to stay out a bit late, both were counseled and advised.

TO THE NORTH:

It was reported that there is a subject throwing rocks at the location, and at other buildings in the area. The subject was last seen headed north bound, the caller was asked to call back should he return for another round

Saturday, September 4

IF IT’S NOT ONE THING, IT’S ANOTHER:

It was reported that a group in the neighborhood is having loud music playing while they drink and relax, when they turned down their music. The group then began to talk loudly, the subjects were asked to take it inside, and they complied.

PUSH COMES TO SHOVE:

It was reported that a male and female sibling couple were arguing in plain view of the public which quickly escalated into a pushing and shoving fight. The siblings turned out to be in their early teens, they were both counseled.

Sunday, September 5

I DO LIKE YOUR DUMPSTER:

A few subjects were sleeping in front of the apartment complex, though they have been asked to leave, they refused. The subjects were contacted while they dug thru trash; they finally complied with leaving the area

A DISTURBANCE”

It was reported that the caller’s neighbor was causing a disturbance, the caller couldn’t pin point the noise that he was hearing. All he knew is that it came from his neighbor’s property, the neighbor was contacted, it was confirmed by the neighbor that everything was fine.

COMPLY WITH LEAVE:

It was reported that a male and female couple were having an intense argument, which disrupted the peace in the neighborhood, both subjects were contacted and counseled, the male half complied with sleeping elsewhere for the night.

Monday September 6

UNDER THE INFLUENCE:

The caller’s son and husband are having an argument. Both the son and the father were under the influence and getting a little physical as their talking became a little too personal. Both parties were separated for the evening, the caller was advised to call back should anything else happen.

THE EX-HUSBAND:

It was reported that the caller is having an intense argument with her ex-husband which seems to be making a lot of noise. The ex-husband left the area before an officer arrived; the female caller was advised of her options.

Tuesday, September 7

MISCELLANEOUS:

The caller has lost a few bags of which contained old paintbrushes and other painting tools. The caller stated that he left the bags in front of the garage for a couple of hours, a report were taken, and the caller was advised to keep his belongings inside.

CAREFUL: STILL WET:

It was reported that the caller’s house was spray-painted from the backyard side. The caller stated that the paint was still wet and it seemed as if the “artist,” was not finished. The caller was advised of his options.

City of Calexico

Friday, September 3

A LITTLE TOO MUCH:

A couple who is in the middle of a loud argument began to throw items at one another. The caller stated that his wife started grabbing valuables to throw such as dishes and silverware, the situation was resolved by an officer on scene.

MOTHER AND SON:

The caller is worried about a mom and son couple who seem to be arguing. Apparently they were arguing over curfew, the mom wanted her son to be home a little earlier. The young man who is now 17 wanted to stay out a bit late, both were counseled and advised.

TO THE NORTH:

It was reported that there is a subject throwing rocks at the location, and at other buildings in the area. The subject was last seen headed north bound, the caller was asked to call back should he return for another round

Saturday, September 4

IF IT’S NOT ONE THING, IT’S ANOTHER:

It was reported that a group in the neighborhood is having loud music playing while they drink and relax, when they turned down their music. The group then began to talk loudly, the subjects were asked to take it inside, and they complied.

PUSH COMES TO SHOVE:

It was reported that a male and female sibling couple were arguing in plain view of the public which quickly escalated into a pushing and shoving fight. The siblings turned out to be in their early teens, they were both counseled.

Sunday, September 5

I DO LIKE YOUR DUMPSTER:

A few subjects were sleeping in front of the apartment complex, though they have been asked to leave, they refused. The subjects were contacted while they dug thru trash; they finally complied with leaving the area

A DISTURBANCE”

It was reported that the caller’s neighbor was causing a disturbance, the caller couldn’t pin point the noise that he was hearing. All he knew is that it came from his neighbor’s property, the neighbor was contacted, it was confirmed by the neighbor that everything was fine.

COMPLY TO LEAVE:

It was reported that a male and female couple were having an intense argument, which disrupted the peace in the neighborhood, both subjects were contacted and counseled, the male half complied with sleeping elsewhere for the night.

Monday September 6

UNDER THE INFLUENCE:

The caller’s son and husband are having an argument. Both the son and the father were under the influence and getting a little physical as their talking became a little too personal. Both parties were separated for the evening, the caller was advised to call back should anything else happen.

THE EX-HUSBAND:

It was reported that the caller is having an intense argument with her ex-husband which seems to be making a lot of noise. The ex-husband left the area before an officer arrived; the female caller was advised of her options.

Tuesday, September 7

MISCELLANEOUS:

The caller has lost a few bags of which contained old paintbrushes and other painting tools. The caller stated that he left the bags in front of the garage for a couple of hours, a report were taken, and the caller was advised to keep his belongings inside.

CAREFUL: STILL WET:

It was reported that the caller’s house was spray-painted from the backyard side. The caller stated that the paint was still wet and it seemed as if the “artist,” was not finished. The caller was advised of his options.

 

By Bob Hurst
Streaks come and go during the long regular season, but they take on added importance for teams involved in the playoff race in September.
Just ask the San Diego Padres, who finally snapped their losing skid at 10 games on Monday. The Padres streak was their longest since losing 13 straight in May 1994. But San Diego’s recent streak came as the division leader, and reduced its lead in the NL West from 6 1/2 games to just 1 game over the San Francisco Giants.
San Diego also went from having the best record in the NL to what was the fourth-best on Tuesday.
“You would never have thought that winning one game would be so important,” said Mike Adams, who won in relief on Monday. “That’s the biggest win that we’ve had maybe all year. The past 10 days, nothing went our way. We couldn’t catch a break. To come out tonight and get that win out of the way, hopefully that changes the tide and we’ll get on a little roll now.”
Adams and his teammates better hope so. They host the Giants in a huge four-game series beginning Thursday, followed by a three-game series at Colorado next week. The Rockies swept the Padres in San Diego over the weekend, and were closing in the divisional race, 4 1/2 games behind after Monday.
Only two teams in major league history have made the postseason in a year that included a losing streak of at least 10 games.
In the AL Central, two more streaky teams are battling it out for the division title. The Chicago White Sox won seven in a row, all on the road, through Monday, but remained 3 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins, who won four straight. Both teams will slug it out in a three-game set in Chicago next week, the last time they will meet in the regular season.
Morgan’s antics land him a suspension: Washington’s Nyjer Morgan lost it last week, and now has to pay for his actions with an eight-game suspension.
Morgan’s problems began on Aug. 21, when he threw a ball at a fan in the stands at Philadelphia. He was handed a seven-game suspension, which he appealed. Then, on Aug. 29, Morgan ran over St. Louis Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson at home plate, although Anderson didn’t have the ball and Morgan would have easily scored. Morgan was called out for not touching home plate.
Last Tuesday, Morgan was at it again. He crashed into Florida catcher Brett Hayes, while attempting to score from second. It appeared that Morgan could have slid into home plate but chose to make contact with Hayes instead. Hayes tagged Morgan out, but he separated his left shoulder in the collision.
In the next game on Wednesday, Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad retaliated by hitting Morgan with a pitch in the fourth inning. Morgan responded by stealing second and third, despite his team trailing 14-3, and scored on a base hit.
For that, Volstad threw behind Morgan in the sixth inning, causing Morgan to charge the mound and triggering a brawl. After reviewing the game, Major League Baseball suspended and fined six players, both managers and a coach.
Morgan got eight games and Volstad was suspended for six.
“I’m a little surprised at (the suspensions and fines) overall,” Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. “I think Major League Baseball is sending out a message with these suspensions and especially with the fines, and that’s that it doesn’t want bench-clearing brawls in this sport.”
MLB said that Morgan’s suspension was for “unnecessarily” running over Anderson, “inappropriate comments” directed toward the fans last Tuesday and for charging the mound and making inappropriate gestures and comments to fans on Wednesday.
Morgan’s frustration at the plate and being dropped from leadoff to eighth in the order may have set him off.
StatsWatch: Colorado Rockies center-fielder Carlos Gonzalez has been swinging a hot bat, and is in the running for an NL triple crown. Here’s what he’s done lately (through Monday’s game):

Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
.340 AVG, 31 HRs, 97 RBIs, .375 OBP, .616 SLG
Last six games: 16-27, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, .593 AVG

Diamond Notes: New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia led the major leagues in wins at the start of this week with 19. Sabathia’s win last week over Oakland extended his streak of unbeaten home starts to 21…Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez won his NL-leading 18th game on Monday in his sixth try since Aug. 4, snapping his four-game losing streak…Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has reached 100 RBIs for a record 14trh season…Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus and manager Tony La Russa aren’t seeing eye-to-eye lately. La Russa told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Rasmus asked for a trade, and that their problems started in July in Chicago, when La Russa threatened Rasmus with a demotion to the minors.

Copyright © 2010  Bob Hurst. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Hurst Sports Media.

 
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