From the daily archives: Wednesday, January 19, 2011

William Henry Quick, a retired FDNY firefighter, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2011 after a nine year battle with lung disease that he developed after working at the World Trade Center.

Quick, 55, was a 23-year veteran of the FDNY, serving at Ladder 134 in Far Rockaway, Queens, until January 2003, when his lung disease forced his retirement.  According to his wife, Lisa Quick, he was at the Trade Center when both towers collapsed, and he worked there everyday from September 12, 2001 until mid-November of 2001.  A knee injury forced him to stop his work at the pile.

In January 2002, he was cleared to return to work at Ladder 134, but shortly thereafter he began to develop several consecutive lung infections and was forced to retire a year later.  A picture of health before September 11, 2001, his illness was attributed to the toxic dust at the World Trade Center, according to his family.

Prior to his death, Firefighter Quick was dependent on an oxygen machine 24/7 because his lungs were no longer able to function on their own.

According to the US Fire Administration, a Mass for Firefighter Quick was held on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at St. Ignatius Martyr Roman Catholic Church in Long Beach, Long Island.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 20th and Friday, January 21st from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Macken Mortuary, Island Park Chapel, 3930 Long Beach Road in Island Park, Long Island.  According to the New York Daily News, his funeral will be at 9 a.m. on Saturday, January 22nd at St. Ignatius. Interment will follow at 11:15 am at St. Charles Cemetery, in Farmingdale, NY.

Firefighter Quick leaves behind his beloved wife, Lisa, and his seventeen year old twins, Ryan Mary and William Henry.


San Diego — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers over the weekend at crossings along the California/Mexico border seized 620 pounds of narcotics valued at more than $1.3 million, apprehended eight fugitives, and stopped the illegal entry of more than 250 inadmissible aliens.

On Saturday, Sunday, and Monday CBP officers intercepted 620 pounds of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana hidden in various places in vehicles such as in the rocker panels, tires, and bumpers as well as strapped to individual’s bodies.

80 Pounds of Cocaine were Hidden Inside a Car Tire.
80 Pounds of Cocaine were Hidden Inside a Car Tire.

A large marijuana seizure occurred on Sunday, January 16 about 10 p.m., at the Otay Mesa passenger port of entry after an officer noticed anomalies with the tire of a 1994 Ford F-150 pickup truck. A detector dog alerted to the truck, driven by a 50-year-old male U.S. citizen.

Officers inspected the vehicle and found wrapped packages of marijuana in all four tires. They extracted 20 packages, weighing 182 pounds, valued at almost $110,000. The woman was arrested. CBP officers seized the vehicle and marijuana.

A significant seizure occurred at the Calexico downtown border station on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. after officers encountered a 25-year-old female Mexican citizen driving a 2002 Ford explorer that was referred for a more intensive inspection.

During the inspection, officers discovered 17 packages of cocaine weighing 80 pounds in the spare tire. The woman was arrested. CBP seized the vehicle and cocaine.

Officers also apprehended eight fugitives trying to enter the United States with active felony warrants for crimes such as burglary, larceny, and for dangerous drug offenses.

One of the fugitives, 33-year-old Jesus Fabian a U.S citizen, was wanted for homicide by the Sacramento Police Department. Fabian entered the Andrade port of entry on Sunday evening at 6 p.m. as a pedestrian and was referred for further inspection.

Through fingerprint identification, officers confirmed that he was wanted; he was turned over to the custody Imperial County Sheriff’s deputies.

In addition, officers working the six ports of entry along the California/Mexico border caught more than 250 other persons trying to illegally enter the United States, either by using counterfeit documents, legitimate documents that did not belong to them, or by trying to evade inspection altogether, such as by hiding in the trunk of a car or in a hidden compartment.

Also on Sunday at the San Ysidro port of entry, a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen, and resident of San Diego, driving a silver 2000 Dodge Intrepid approached the officer at the booth for inspection before entering the United States.

During the inspection, the CBP officer noticed a discrepancy between the vehicle’s rear seat and the trunk area. After pulling down the seat’s back rest, the CBP officer discovered a person hiding in a small compartment created with a piece of wood in between the rear seat and the trunk.

The person found hidden in the compartment is a female citizen of China, with no legal ability to enter the United States. She will remain in the United States as a material witness in the case before being returned to China.

The driver will face criminal charges and is currently being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.


Huffers & Puffers Are A Selfish Lot; Brown Out To Drain The Cities

LAST WEEK’S HOLTVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING makes you wonder where people put their brains. That includes at least one City Council member.
Seems Councilman Jerry Brittsan has decided to derail the programs he helped put in place over the last 19 years, so he can save himself $31.00 a month.
So he got a whole bunch of people who are disgruntled with paying for anything to the City Council Meeting Jan. 10th.
Well, they huffed and they puffed and they ranted and raved and insulted everyone in the city government They were outraged about having to pay for police and fire protection and for someone to maintain their parks.
Some people say they were there to protest the utility tax which the council is reviewing to determine if it should be extended.
But the tax holds up the city’s public safety units and changing it can only change that for the worse. But that didn’t stop everyone from huffing and puffing. In fact, some of them indicated they didn’t want a modern fire department. I guess they would rather have a department where the firemen would have to wake up in the middle of the night, get dressed, then drive to the fire station to meet other firemen and then the whole bunch would drive to the scene of the fire before putting it out, if there was anything left to put out. They’d also rather wait for an ambulance to come all the way from El Centro to help them if someone was hurt and needed immediate attention.
That is, until it happens to them. Then they would be huffing and puffing once again about the lack of service. Perhaps those folks could call Brittsan if they have an emergency and he could come over.
Shane Brady decided to huff and puff because he had to get a building permit to improve his property and wasn’t happy when the city sent him nasty letters, he claims. What that had to do with the utility tax I’ll never know.
But he stated unequivocally that he “didn’t care” if Holtville didn’t have any money to operate with.
Well, some of us do care. I happen to be one of them. Holtville has a solvent government and is able to operate like a modern city for the first time in its history thanks to Laura Fischer.
She also brought in lots of grant money for local projects, something that nobody else has done.
Her reward, of course, is to have a handful of people who are so selfish that they could care less what happens to their town. They want everything for themselves and if Fischer gets a decent salary just like the other cities then she ought to be hung. According to them. If they hung her, then they could get an extra 50 cents a month in their pocket.
Holtville needs some rational thinking. And all those selfish folk who see only their own interests, should pay more attention to what they are huffing and puffing about. Otherwise, the lack of public safety they will cause is going to hurt someone.
Johnson was nominated at least a dozen times for the Citizen of the Year Award given out by the Chamber. They turned him down, mainly because of his sordid background. Now that he has passed away they have decided to give him the award he so richly deserved.
We all need to take a better look at the good someone is doing, not at their background. We hope the Chamber will give its awards to people while they are living, rather than  waiting too long because of pettiness.
GOVERNOR BROWN has taken up where Schwarzenegger left off.
He’s decided the best way to balance the state’s budget is to rob all the cities of much needed funds by doing away with the Redevelopment Agency funds that keep a lot of projects and people afloat. Most cities larger than Holtville have full time people taking charge in the RDA. Calexico even brought back a good ‘ol boy to run its RDA because they thought he could do a better job.
Well, unfortunately, he won’t be able to if he has no money. The city managers  are meeting to form some strategy. But if Brown goes through with his plan, then a lot of people are going to be out of work. I guess he hasn’t heard that putting people out of work doesn’t help the economy or a recession.
It’s going to be a long four years if he keeps this up. But it might make some of the huffers and puffers happy. Perhaps they can save another 50 cents.


Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel W. Smith as the Chief Financial Officer, effective January 2011. Smith joins PMHD with 28 years of progressive experience in successful hospital financial management in both investor-owned and not-for-profit organizations, 21 years at the CFO level.  Within the Quorum Healthcare Resources organization, Smith served as the CFO at the Brazosport Regional Health System, Lake Jackson, Texas; Rebsamen Medical Center, Jackson, Arkansas; Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville, Mississippi; and Carolinas Hospital System, Lake City, South Carolina.  Prior to joining PMHD he served as the CFO and District Compliance Officer for Samaritan

Healthcare, Lake Moses, Washington.

Smith received his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Florida, and his MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), studying for the fellowship (FACHE) in the latter.

“As we narrowed the search for a new Chief Financial Officer, we recognized the talents and breadth of experience of Mr. Smith,” commented Marcus Tapia, president of the PMHD board of directors. “He joins a strong team and will be a great asset as we continue to expand and improve healthcare quality for the residents of Imperial Valley,” continued Tapia.

“From the start of the interview process, I was impressed with the administrative team at PMHD,” commented Smith. “I am pleased to join them as the hospital grows.  My wife and I look forward to being part of the community,” he added.


By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council approved at its regular Tuesday meeting the approval of the General Fund Contingency Reserve Fund.

At the request of finance director Judy Hashem, the Contingency Reserve Fund was re-established to be prepared for anticipated emergency situations such as natural disasters. Hashem said that healthy reserves help cushion revenue losses in lean times and allow the City to adjust spending without significant service reductions.

This reserve was created without a formal policy in Fiscal Year 1980-81 by initially depositing $310,000 as a reserve for critical short and long-term financial stability of the general fund. In 1981-82  $665,000 was transferred to the reserve for a total of $975,000. However, in fiscal year 1986-88  $590,000 was transferred to the general fund operations to cover the operating shortfalls.

Then in 1993-94 the City began depositing 5% of sales revenues in the Contingency Reserve Fund to increase the reserves. But in fiscal year 1995-96 the practice was discontinued because of a general fund shortfall. As of December 2010, there is a $1.21 million dollars on the contingency reserve.

“The goal is to stabilize the general fund, by reserving sufficient resources to ensure that during a crisis, the City can be responsive and continue to provide services an pay its obligations. Natural and fiscal emergencies create a significant fluctuation in cash flow requirements that the City must be prepared to address.” Hashem said.

In a related item, the council also appointed new members to the Financial Advisory Board. The board was created in 2008 by Councilman Daniel Romero as a way for them to give recommendations to the Council and RDA on fiscal matters. The commission was discontinued afterwards but was requested by Councilwoman Hurtado to come back and fulfill its duties and help with the current financial situation.

The board studies, investigates and advise the Council on budgetary issues and adoption of the yearly budget; to oversee department spending; to provide with a financial plan for the City and to review City/RDA financial partnerships when requested. The board will be composed of Carlton Hargrave, Oscar Gonzalez, Yolanda Cordero, Joe Moreno, and Arturo Encinas.

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