Daily Archives: January 4, 2011

Blue Angels Arrive in El Centro

The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, The Blue Angels, will arrive at Naval Air Facility El Centro, CA on Jan. 3, 2011 to prepare for the 2011 show season.

The team must complete at least 120 training flights during the 10-week winter training process, which concludes in mid-March.

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Imperial County Denied Standing In Prop 8 Lawsuit

Chris Furguson
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a ruling handed down Tuesday, rejected Imperial County’s appeal to represent the state of California in federal court over Proposition 8.
The three judges, in their ruling, rejected the claim by the county, the Board of Supervisors and the deputy clerk, that they could represent the state in federal court.  The Court determined that the Deputy Clerk Isabel Vargas lacked standing because her role was to do whatever the chief Clerk ordered, and since the elected Chief Clerk didn’t sue, she couldn’t.
The ruling also said that the county itself lacks standing because, other than stamping marriage licenses (the clerk’s job), the County itself had no protectable interest in the case.
“Standing” is the right to represent the interests of the state and its voters.
The Board of Supervisors voted to seek to intervene in the case in 2009 and voted to appeal the rejection of California Superior Court Judge Vaughn Walker to intervene in the case.  They were represented in court by Advocates for Faith and Freedom, a Christian-based law firm from Murietta, California.
The court also sent the other part of the case back to the California Supreme Court for clarification on whether the pro Proposition 8 organization ProtectMarriage.com, has legal standing to defend Proposition 8 in court if the state refuses to do so.
The ruling said that “we cannot consider this important constitutional question unless the appellants before us have standing to raise it”
If the proponents are found to not have standing, the Court of Appeals could affirm Judge Walker’s decision and legalize gay marriage once again in California.
In March of 2000, California voters passed Proposition 22, which determined that marriage would be “between a man and a woman.”  Prior to the resolution of a lawsuit over Prop 22, two bills passed by the California legislature were vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  In May 2008, the proposition was invalidated and over 11,000 same-sex couples were allowed to marry.
Proposition 8 was then placed on the November 2008 ballot in California and passed with a vote of 52.47% to 47.53%.  The next day, three legal challenges, including the current Perry v. Schwarzenegger were then filed.
Both Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Gerry Brown refused to defend Proposition 8 in court, both saying they thought the law was unconstitutional.

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2011 California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta Last Chance Ethics Training

A “Last Chance Make up Session” will be held Saturday in the IV EXPO Preble Building for Livestock exhibitors who have not yet completed ethics training for the 2011 California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta.

The session will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for juniors and 11 a.m. to noon for seniors. Attendees are asked to park in the south lot and enter through the south/annex entrance. This class is for anyone who did not attend a session in December.

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Soroptimist International of Holtville Carrot Festival Cooking Contest

Soroptimist of Holtville will be hosting its 64th Annual Carrot Festival Cooking Contest from February 7th – February 11th, 2011 in conjunction with the Holtville Carrot Festival.  As in years past, the contest will run over the course of 5 evenings and will consist of various age and food categories.

Age categories are as follows:  Little Chef (kinder through fifth grade), Junior Chef (sixth through twelfth grade), Adult Chef (Eighteen years and older), Senior Chef (Sixty-two years and older & “wintering” guests), and Open Chef (open to all age groups).

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John Renison and Ray Castillo Take Oath

By Mario Conde

A new era in the County Board of Supervisors started this past Monday as John Renison and Raymond Castillo took oath of office.

John Renison and Ray Castillo were elected this past November with strong support of the constituents of District one and District five respectively. Castillo replaces Wallly Leimgruber who served the fifth district for twelve years. Renison, on the other hand, is taking the place of Louis Fuentes, former chairman of the County Board who was appointed by Arnold Schwarzenegger to the board in October of last year.

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