From the daily archives: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Everyone, this is an Open Letter.  It is with much regret to mention the following.  For the past six months we have been working closely with Ms. Carmen Estrada to bring one of our Youth Soccer Clinics/camps to Calexico California.  With full support of Adidas, US Soccer and Mexican Superstars Claudio Suarez, Ramon Ramirez and Benjamin Galindo.  The date we all confirmed was September 25, 2010.   This Soccer Clinic as now been re-scheduled and the new dated will be announced within the next two weeks.

Club Deportivo Internacional has hired a local Director to work specifically on this project in Calexico.  He also has mentioned that no one has registered their children or contacted him for any information regarding this Calexico Youth Soccer clinic.  Club Deportivo Internacional has travelled to Calexico and has done newspaper interviews and radio interviews to promote the Calexico Youth Soccer Clinic.   We do look forward to working closely with the children of Calexico.

* We are writing this formal letter so we are not blamed for a non-appearance.  We were available, we did the media promotions and no one responded.

Officially from Club Deportivo Internacional Head Quarters in Los Angeles California, we re-scheduling the Calexico Youth Soccer Clinic that was scheduled for September 25, 2010.  We truly apologize.  If there are any questions, please contact Ms. Carmen Estrada  at 760-604-8933 or CDI at info@clubdeportivoinc.com or by phone at (888) 854-5529.

Please take a look at our website that have been promoting this event for the past three months.

http://www.cdisoccer.com

or

http://www.cdifutbol.com

Many thanks,

JAVIER R. PEREZ

Chief Executive Officer| President

C.D. Internacional Inc.

O: +1.310.693.4612

F: +1.310.961.5939

E: javier@clubdeportivoinc.com

W:  http://www.clubdeportivoinc.com

 

Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr., charging fraud, civil conspiracy, waste of public funds and breach of fiduciary duty, sued eight top Bell officials and council members today, and demanded they return hundreds of thousands of dollars in unwarranted salaries.

Brown’s lawsuit also called for a reduction of pension benefits for the officials.

“We are filing our lawsuit on behalf of the public to recover the excess salaries that Bell officials awarded themselves and to ensure their future pensions are reduced to a reasonable amount,” Brown said.

Brown also said he is widening his statewide probe of public salaries and benefits, and called for specific legislative action to reform salary and pension practices.

As part of the broadened investigation, he is serving a subpoena on the city of Vernon to obtain compensation records for city officials and employees. News articles have reported that one city official there received an annual salary of $785,000, and another received compensation totaling $1.6 million in a single year. Vernon, an industrial city near Bell, has a population of less than 100.

Brown’s statewide probe will focus on the many local and other government agencies that are paying annual salaries in excess of $300,000 and on the dozens of public pensioners who are receiving annual pensions in excess of $200,000. Examples include:

– An annual pension for a former city manager that is over half a million dollars.

– Annual compensation for the chief administrator of a public hospital that is over $800,000.

– Annual compensation for a county administrator that is over $420,000.

– Annual compensation in a single year of over $438,000, including payments for unused sick leave and vacation, for a city manager of a city of 36,000.

“These high salaries and pensions demand prompt and comprehensive reform,” Brown said. “Accordingly, I am calling for legislative action to:

– Establish a Compensation Commission to cap public salaries at reasonable levels,
– Eliminate loopholes that allow exceptions to the limits on pension benefits,
– Require a full and complete public posting of all public employee salaries, and
– Amend the state Constitution to require charter cities to comply with salary and pension laws.”

Brown’s lawsuit was filed against former city manager, Robert Rizzo; former assistant city manager, Angela Spaccia; former police chief, Randy Adams; council members Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo, and George Mirabel; and former council members Victor Bello and George Cole. The suit’s charges include fraud, civil conspiracy, waste of public funds, and breach of fiduciary duty. It also alleges that the defendants deliberately misled the public about the true amount of their compensation.

The suit demands the defendants return all excessive compensation and asks the court to establish appropriate salary levels for pension purposes. Rizzo’s last annual base salary was $787,638, Adams’ $457,000, and Spaccia’s $336,000. Bell city council members were paid $96,000 a year before they took a recent cut. Cities of similar size pay their council members $4,800 a year.

Since 1993, the Bell city council raised Rizzo’s salary 16 times, with an average increase of 14 percent a year. In 2005 alone, the city council raised his salary by 47 percent. Since 2003, council members also awarded themselves salary increases of 16 percent a year.

In 2008, Rizzo had a phony memorandum prepared for public distribution that showed council members were paid $673 per month and Rizzo was paid $15,478 per month, Brown charged. In fact, council members were actually paid $7,666 per month, and Rizzo was paid $52,325 per month.

“I’m going to continue to do everything in my power to go after corrupt officials who, rather than doing the public’s business, scheme behind closed doors to line their own pockets,” Brown said. “These officials must be forced to give up their ill-gotten gains, and we must enact strict reforms to prevent these kinds of abuses in the future.”

CalPERS, the state’s public employee retirement system, applauded the Attorney General’s efforts.

“We welcome the support and involvement of the Attorney General in helping to scrutinize extraordinarily high compensation,” said Anne Stausboll, Chief Executive Officer of CalPERS. “I’m confident that CalPERS’ own efforts and those of the Attorney General will help protect our members and employers, and restore public confidence in pensions and their value in public service.”

Copies of the complaint and subpoena served in Vernon are attached.

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You may view the full account of this posting, including possible attachments, in the News & Alerts section of our website at: http://ag.ca.gov/newsalerts/release.php?id=1988

 

By Mario Conde

The Calexico Planning Commission approved this past Tuesday an ambitious medical facility project that will be unique in the Imperial Valley and will support veterans.

The Planning Board approved a Conditional Use Permit to allow the construction and operation of an approximately 219, 220 s.f. group care facility, convalescent home and hospital for neurological and memory loss patients & training center for veterans. The project site is within the Towncenter Plaza located along Cole Road, Sunset Drive, and Towncenter Drive.

The Towncenter project was approved by the Calexico Planning Commission back in 2007 and the project consists of 132-acres into 48 lots ranging in size from 1-acre to 14-acres in size. The Developer of this project has initiated construction of all infrastructure and roads with the exception of Sunset Boulevard and Cole Road as these road segments are a portion of a city project entitled EDA Grant Project. The City Received $3 million Economic Development Grant and the EDA project expect to be completed on March 2011.

This project was submitted by the Medical Management Group and its CEO Richard Neault described this project to have: four buildings that will have skilled nursing for low functioning dementia patient with 107 beds each providing 24 hour skilled nursing care. Dementia cover strokes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and various neurological of aging. Four additional buildings will be skilled nursing for high functioning dementia patients with 56 beds each providing 24-hour skilled nursing care. Two buildings will have 50 rooms each for young veterans.

The rooms will be semi private intermediate care for young transitional veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorders. Job training will be provided by Imperial Valley College, Innertech, Inc. Case management will be provided by Veterans Transitional Services, Inc. Both buildings will be staffed with intermediate care staff 24 hours per day. These are young people released from war with no job skills, no money, nightmares and paranoia. After completing the job training program they will be transferred back to their communities.

Neault said that this project will bring 852 jobs full time and 600 construction jobs and the payroll tax for the hospital will be $34 million a year. The construction will start in eight weeks. Neault said that the young veterans building should be completed by July 1st 2011 and the remainder of the building by January 2012.  Pioneers Memorial Hospital will be once managing the facility. He also said that another company called Innertech will be partnering with the hospital and will be located next to them. The company is currently sub-contracting all of their work to China and since they will have plant next to them, the young veterans will have their training on that plant. Neault said that Innertech will bring 600 jobs to Calexico.

 

By Mario Conde

Imperial Valley viewers have a new local option in news and entertainment since there is a new local 24-hour cable channel on Time Warner Cable.

Last Tuesday was a historic day for Imperial Valley television viewers since Mi Canal Televalle Channel 344 on Time Warner Cable started with its formal broadcasting here in the Imperial Valley. MIC Televalle is based in Calexico and will provide Imperial Valley viewers with local news and local programming that will be open for the community.

“We are excited to partner with Mi Canal Televalle. The unique quality programming that this partnership provides really compliments the current Time Warne Cable channel lineup,” said Time Warner Cable Regional Programming Vice President Maureen Lane. “Time Warner Cable is the leader in Spanish-language programming, and the addition of Mi Canal means even more cultural programming choices to Time Warner Cable customers in El Centro.”

“This is a very positive addition to our already diverse Spanish-language lineup and we are thrilled to be the first Time Warner Cable market to be able to offer the network,” said Time Warner Cable Southwest Area Manager Ricky Rinehart.

The story of Mi Canal Televalle started two years ago when Pablo Brizuela Amador decided to enter the Imperial Valley market to expand his current television coverage to the U.S. market. Pablo Brizuela Amador is the pioneer of television and radio in the State of Baja California when he built in 1952 Channel 6 in Tijuana that currently broadcasts programming in English. In 1957, Brizuela came to Mexicali and help built the first television station that is now known as Televisa Channel 3. Years later in 1972, Brizuela was invited to launch the first ever FM Radio station in Mexicali that was known back then as “Stereorey” 103.3 and it’s known today as “La Mejor.”

Brizuela is today the director of MVS Radio that holds four of the top rated radio stations in Mexicali. In 1999, Channel 17 was created by Brizuela and was known as MVS Television but early last year MVS Televison was rebranded to Mi Canal Televalle and it’s currently seen on channel 44 of Cablemas in Mexicali. The television channel was presented to the Calexico Chamber of Commerce and to its members at their meeting last Thursday.

For Imperial Valley General Manager, Alex Perrone, the start of this channel will help unite both valleys and will beneficial for economic development in Calexico and the Imperial Valley

“We are excited to bring our strong programming to Time Warner Cable customers,” Perrone said.  “One of the main purposes of Mi Canal is to inform and educate the community through our unique and culturally relevant programming. It is also our sincere sentiment and desire to be a link between our border regions and unify the Imperial and Mexicali valleys.”

Mi Canal Televalle can be seen on Channel 344 of Time Warner Cable or 1120 a.m. were most of programming is broadcast. The Calexico Bullldog games can be heard every Friday on 1120 a.m. which is the first project of MIC in the Imperial Valley.

 
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