From the daily archives: Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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.

All media will meet with a Blue Angels representative at the air facility main gate at 12:00 p.m., and the jet pilots will arrive at 12:45 p.m.  Fat Albert, the Blue Angels’ C-130, is expected to arrive at approximately 3:20 p.m. with 15 maintenance personnel and equipment.  The remainder of the maintenance and support personnel will arrive on a C-9 transport aircraft at an undetermined time. The jet pilots will be available for interviews shortly after landing.

For more information, call:  Michelle Dee, NAF El Centro Public Affairs Officer at:  (706) 339-2519.


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, 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.


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.

The fair will be enforcing a Code of Conduct for the duration 2011 event. Every livestock exhibitor (primary members excluded) is being required to attend this “No Go – No Show” Ethics training.

Entry forms for all Junior exhibitors are due in the fair office by 5 p.m. Jan. 28. Entry forms for senior exhibitors are due Jan. 21. If you make it, bake it or create it, please show off your talents and enter it in the Fair.
Anyone with questions are urged to contact the fair office at 760-355-1181.

The fair, with its 2011 theme of “It’s a Green Thing: Celebrating Our Renewable Future” will run from March 4 through March 13.


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).

Divisions for this year’s contest will be:  Appetizer, Bread, Dessert, International Cuisine, Main Course, Energy Savings, Miscellaneous, and Salad/Vegetable.

Registration packets and contest rules, along with complete schedule of event days and times is available at the Holtville Chamber of Commerce office during regular business hours.  All entrees must have a completed registration packet and recipe cards.  For more information, contact Betty Predmore at 760-791-4794.


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.

The incoming Supervisors were given the oath of office by Judge Juan Ulloa.

In his opening remarks, Supervisor Ray Castillo said that the beginning of a new decade will be a good one for the Imperial Valley. He said that there is still a lot to learn but said very optimistic of the future of the Imperial Valley now that it’s moving towards green technology that will create much needed jobs to the valley.

Supervisor John Renison thanked those who supported him during his campaign for office.  Renison remembered his first election to the Calexico City Council and his IID run saying that there is no such thing as a bad experience, but you can learn from those experiences to become a better person. He said that he will reach out to people in his district to listen to his demands and also work with the other supervisors in harmony for the betterment of the valley.

“This is not only a Calexico thing; I want to work and meet with the constituents of Supervisor Gary Wyatt, Mike Kelley, Ray Castillo, and Jack Terrazas.” Renison said.

The election of Renison and Castillo marks a historic time in County government since it’s the first time in Imperial Valley history that three of its members are Hispanic. Vice-chairman Jack Terrazas will be appointed Chairman of the Board for 2011 at next week’s regular board meeting.

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