From the daily archives: Monday, September 20, 2010

The Registrar of Voters is recruiting poll workers to fill vacancies at the polls.  Between every Election cycle, registered voters are recruited to volunteer as poll workers to fill vacancies for poll workers who have retired or for various reasons can no longer serve at the polls.

Poll Workers receive a stipend for the day that ranges from $75.00 for Inspectors to $65.00 for all other clerks.  An additional $15.00 stipend for attending the required Election Training Class is paid when a poll worker actually works on Election Day.  Spanish and Quechan bilingual poll workers are also being recruited to comply with the Voting Rights Acts.

Registered voters, with an interest in serving their community, can contact the Election Office for information or to volunteer at 760-482-4226.  The Registrar of Voters office is located at 940 Main St., Rm. 202, and El Centro, CA  92243.  The Elections website is:


Agents discover 365 illegal plants in secluded Temecula canyon

Earlier this week, U.S. Border Patrol agents eradicated 365 marijuana plants growing outdoors in a secluded canyon near Temecula, Calif.

The discovery took place on Tuesday at about 2 p.m., as agents were conducting patrol duties near De Luz Canyon, which is located in an unincorporated area near Calle La Paz. While inspecting a foot trail in the canyon that appeared to be heavily used, the agents came across the illegal plants, an irrigation system and cultivating equipment. No arrests have been made in connection with the discovery.

The eradicated plants had the potential to produce an estimated $1,277,500 worth of marijuana. The plants were ultimately turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Last month, agents eradicated more than 1,000 marijuana plants from similar growing operations in Rainbow and Bonsall, Calif.


By Mario Conde

The Calexico Christmas Parade could have a new route this year in order to support businesses on Imperial Ave.

The traditional Christmas Parade that has for years traveled on Downtown Calexico might change its route this year since downtown is still recovering and work to fix the damages from the 7.2 earthquake continues today. The Calexico Business Improvement District is the district in charge of Downtown Calexico and Imperial Ave. In an effort to support business in Imperial Ave. the BID asked RDA Director Oscar Rodriguez to look at the possibility of re-routing the parade to downtown Imperial Ave. this year.

At the last BID meeting, Calexico Police Chief Jim Neujahr presented the tentative plan for the new parade route on Imperial Ave. The plan consists on having the parade start on Sheridan St. and take Imperial Ave., then take a left on Paulin, through Rockwood St. and then enter Second Street and finalizing the tour by taking Heber Ave. and ending like every year at Rockwood Park behind City Hall. Chief Neujahr said that the new route to cross to Mexicali is by taking Cesar Chavez Blvd. The police Chief said that the police department will allow traffic on Imperial Ave. once the last parade entrant enter Rockwood Ave. RDA Director Oscar Rodriquez said that this is a very good alternative since now the parade will be longer and will bring new participants that have not come to Calexico in years since the parade in Calexico has become very short in the last couple of years.

This is an attempt by the Business Improvement District to have more events on Imperial Ave. since part of the duties of the District is to also support Imperial Ave. business.

In other items, the BID heard a presentation from Carlton Hargrave, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Border Issues. Hargrave spoke about ways to revamp the committee on border issues since the border waits is still an issue. Hargrave said that border officials need to separate illegal immigration with trade, travel and humanitarian issues. Hargrave said that Calexico need to get on Washington’s Radar and that will be the focus of this new commission that is made of Chairman Hargrave, Eduardo Lopez, Earl Roberts, and Daniel Fitzgerald. BID Chairman Eduardo Lopez said that the Business Improvement District will now play a part of this AD HOC committee and will take business people to the meeting with ports officials to have them speed up the border waits.

The next meeting date for the Business Improvement District will be on Monday September 27 at the City Council Chambers at 8:00 a.m.


By Mario Conde

The PAL Soccer Tournament has been re-schedule for November 13 and 14 were legendary soccer player will come to teach the fundamentals of soccer to Imperial Valley children.

The original day for the soccer clinic was going to be this Saturday and Sunday but was re-schedule for a later day to allow more children to become part of this event, said Carmen Estrada Athletic Director of the Parents Athletic League. There was a good response from the community and from outside the Imperial Valley for this event.

The Calexico Parents Athletic League will be hosting a two day soccer clinic at Ward Field behind Calexico High School. The Calexico PAL will welcome past Mexican soccer players that were part of the Mexican National Soccer Team and played World Cups. The two day event will take place on September 24 and 25th and will have as great guest such as Ramon Ramirez who is one of the most respected leaders in Mexican soccer and played in the World Cup, “El Emperador” Claudio Suarez who played 178 with the Mexican National soccer team and played on four FIFA World Cup, Alberto Garcia Aspe, among other big soccer superstars that played at the recent World Cup soccer. This event is sponsored by the Calexico Parents Athletic League and Club Deportivo Internacional.

Estrada said that the PAL Soccer league will start on October 1st and they will also start soccer league in Calexico and the organizations will start selling raffle tickets. Prizes such an Air Conditioner and a TV Screen will be given away. Also, it will allow more kids to be part of the clinic for free and have an autograph with the soccer players.

The Calexico Parents Athletic League has promoted a lot of soccer events lately. Because of the support of the youth in sports, PAL was able to support Issac Acuna from Calexico to play for Club America, one of the most historic and important teams in Mexico.

For more information on the Soccer clinic call Carmen Estrada at (760) 604-8933.

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