Monthly Archives: February 2011

U.S.Border Patrol Highlights Fiscal Year 2010 Accomplishments for San Diego Sector

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Digital Billboards and Free WI-FI Through Downtown Calexico?

By Mario Conde

Downtown Calexico could change dramatically if a proposal to have digital billboards and Free WI-FI goes through.

A presentation was made weeks ago to the Business Improvement District and the Calexico Chamber of commerce by Daniel Chairez who wants to provide digital billboards at downtown Calexico in order to market the area with new technology and attract new customers. These digital billboards will also provide free internet for customers and businesses in downtown.

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Looking Ahead at Practical Alternatives to Finance Economic Development

By Mario Conde

While the future of the Redevelopment Agencies is in question, a new legislation has been introduced in Sacramento to give cities another financing option similar to redevelopment.

State Senator Louis Wolk (D-Davis) introduced SB 214 to ensure that municipalities still retain some tools to continue their economic development projects even if the Redevelopment Agencies are phased out. Brown’s budget proposal contains $12.5 billion in cuts and five years of higher taxes as a means to close a projected $25.4 billion deficit.

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SBA Extends Disaster Assistance to Imperial County Residents & Businesses Affected by Winter Storms

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Suspects Arrested in Murder-for-Hire Plot Commissioned by Mexican Drug Cartel

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the arrest today of three suspects in a foiled murder-for-hire plot commissioned by a Tijuana drug cartel.

Dozens of special agents from the California Department of Justice armed with a search warrant conducted the early morning raid at a residence in Palmdale, California.

Arrested there without incident at 6:50 a.m. were Jorge Ernesto Sillas-Rocha, 27, and Victor Manuel Magana Gonzalez, 24, for conspiracy and murder-for-hire. Agents also seized two AR-15 assault weapons, more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition and an estimated $20,000 in cash.

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