From the daily archives: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THURSDAY TO 5 PM PDT FRIDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN DIEGO HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND WIND… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THURSDAY TO 5 PM PDT FRIDAY.

* SNOW LEVELS: DROPPING TO 5000 FEET THURSDAY NIGHT… DROPPING TO 4000 FEET FRIDAY AND POSSIBLY DOWN TO 3500 FEET.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 5 TO 10 INCHES ABOVE 5000 FEET… 2 TO 4 INCHES ABOVE 4000 FEET WITH POSSIBLY AND INCH AT 3500 FEET.

* TIMING: PRECIPITATION MOVING IN THURSDAY WITH THE MAIN EVENT THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY. DECREASING SHOWERS FRIDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

* WINDS: STRONG GUSTY WEST WINDS 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS POSSIBLE TO 50 TO 70 MPH EARLY THURSDAY NIGHT… DECREASING INTO FRIDAY MORNING.

* VISIBILITY: NEAR ZERO IN HEAVY SNOW AND WIND. LOW VISIBILITY DUE TO FOG.

* IMPACTS: TRAVELERS IN THE MOUNTAINS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADWAYS AND WINTER CONDITIONS. CARRY CHAINS AND EXTRA SUPPLIES.

* OUTLOOK: HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT MOVING OVER SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW… SLEET… OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES… AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

 

WIND ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM MST /2 PM PDT/ THURSDAY TO MIDNIGHT MST /MIDNIGHT PDT/ THURSDAY NIGHT…

THE WIND ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM MST /2 PM PDT/ THURSDAY TO MIDNIGHT MST /MIDNIGHT PDT/ THURSDAY NIGHT.

* AFFECTED AREA: YUMA AND LA PAZ COUNTIES… INCLUDING MARTINEZ LAKE AND CIBOLA. QUARTZSITE… BOUSE… PARKER… AND EASTERN RIVERSIDE AND IMPERIAL COUNTIES INCLUDING BLYTHE… CHIRIACO SUMMIT AND JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK.

* TIMING: THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED FROM 2 PM THURSDAY TO MIDNIGHT THURSDAY EVENING.

* WINDS: SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH AND GUSTS TO NEAR 50 MPH.

* IMPACTS: THESE STRONG WINDS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT ALONG INTERSTATE 10 ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES AND MOTORCYCLES. AREAS OF BLOWING DUST AND SAND ARE ALSO LIKELY. MOTORISTS SHOULD USE CAUTION WHEN DRIVING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF BETWEEN 30 AND 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED… OR WIND GUSTS OF BETWEEN 40 AND 58 MPH. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT… ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. IN ADDITION… STRONG WINDS OVER DESERT AREAS COULD RESULT IN BRIEFLY LOWERED VISIBILITIES TO WELL UNDER A MILE AT TIMES IN BLOWING DUST OR BLOWING SAND. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

 

By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council approved the appointment of financing professionals to assist in the preparation of financing documents and the final sale of the City Community Facilities District Bond Issue.

The City of Calexico approved the adoption of a resolution to issue bonded indebtedness to finance the acquisition and construction of certain public facilities and the payment of certain fees in and for such Community Facilities Districts. The bonds, when approved, will not be the responsibility of the City. The approval of this resolution is to create a team that will assist in the selling of CFD’s in June. City Manager Oscar Rodriquez said that this will help the city levy property taxes thanks to the construction of the Medical Management Group sub-acute Medical Center that will be located at Towncenter Plaza.

As reported before by this newspaper, the Calexico Planning Commission  approved a Conditional Use Permit back in October of last year to allow the construction and operation of an approximately 219, 220 s.f. group care facility, convalescent home and hospital for neurological and memory loss patients & training center for veterans.

This project was submitted by the Medical Management Group and its CEO Richard Neault described this project to have: four buildings that will have skilled nursing for low functioning dementia patient with 107 beds each providing 24 hour skilled nursing care. Dementia cover strokes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and various neurological of aging. Four additional buildings will be skilled nursing for high functioning dementia patients with 56 beds each providing 24-hour skilled nursing care. Two buildings will have 50 rooms each for young veterans. The project is expected to generate 852 jobs full time and 600 construction jobs and the payroll tax for the hospital will be $34 million a year.

The item, however, had reservations from Councilman Bill Hodge. Councilmember Hodge said that he supports the Towncenter project and believes it will be a positive for Calexico but said that there was a lack of due diligence and said that there was a big risk since it was tax payers money.  Hodge said that in the past CFD’s projects like HeartStone have gone under putting the City in a bad position and ask for legal documents that show the City will not be liable if something goes wrong. Councilman Luis Castro also echoed Hodge’s opinion.

Councilman Daniel Romero said he supports Hodge’s arguments about other CFD projects going down and agreed that other projects have gone down for political reasons. Romero said he opposes CFD’s on residential areas but this is an industrial park that will not take away businesses from retail. He said the project will be beneficial for Calexico because it will be a huge generator of jobs.

Also present at the meeting was Louis Steward from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Steward said that his office is very excited about this project since Calexico will be one of only three rural cities in California that will have this type of medical center that will have telemedicine among its services.

Mayor John Moreno closed the discussion saying that the Towncenter project has been a long time coming and said that is what Calexico needs. Moreno emphasize that the City cannot put roadblocks to projects like this. The item passed 3-2 with Hodge and Castro voting against it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Mario Conde

The County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday the submittal of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program under US Department of Housing and Urban Development for housing project in the Imperial Valley.

In a Presentation made by Esperanza Colio, County Economic Development Manager, she requested the board to approve the Neighborhood Stabilization Program with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, through the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, the amount is subject $1,708, 780.

NSP3 funds were allocated by a formula based on the number of foreclosures and vacancies in the 20 percent of U.S. neighborhoods (Census Tracts) with the highest rates of homes financed by a subprime mortgage, are delinquent, or are in foreclosure. The minimum grant amount was $1 million for non-state grantees and the basic allocation is adjusted to ensure that every state receives a minimum of $5 million. The net result is that these funds are highly targeted to communities with the most severe neighborhood problems associated with the foreclosure crisis.

$1,037,902 of these funds will be used for the acquisition and rehabilitation and development of vacant or abandoned residential, commercial properties for the purpose of providing permanent affordable housing which includes the 25% set-aside for households below the 50% area media income. The amount set aside for the construction or rehabilitation of affordable apartments will be of $512,654. The board approved the request 5-0.

The BOS also approve the support for Assembly Bill AB1X13 (renewable energy siting act) that would help spur clean-energy development and jobs in California by streamlining the siting and permitting process for projects within the state’s Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Manuel Perez (D-Coachella). In a letter sent to Perez by Chairman Jack Terrazas said that the legislation would also expand the program currently in place for large-scale solar projects, whereby the Department of Fish and Game may offer developers the option of paying mitigations frees in-lieu of the traditional permitting process, to wind and geothermal projects.

“As you already know, unemployment rates in California today continue to climb and rural communities like Imperial County have seen those numbers reach as high as 30% in 2010.” Terrazas said and continued, “These same rural communities are also rich in land, water, and natural resources, which make them prime for a green collar economy. As a State which possesses much energy development potential for geothermal, solar, wind, and biomass sources; California can lead the green revolution and reform its energy dependency away from fossil fuels.”

 

 

 

By Chris Furguson
The California High School Rodeo Association, District 8, held their second Rodeo event at the Brawley Cattle Call Arena on April 2-3, 2011.
The CHSRA District 8 consists of high school athletes from many communities, including the Imperial Valley, Riverside, Orange, San Diego, and portions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties.  District 8’s athletes also include Erin Wilson of Brawley, Savannah Mamer of Holtville, and Reilly McFadden of El Centro.
Brawley’s facility also played host to a CHSRA event in January.
“We would like to thank the City of Brawley, The Cattle Call Rodeo Committee, John Hannon Farms, Gold Cross Ambulance, and The Wilson and Mamer families for their support,” said Tracey Scott, spokesperson for the CHSRA District 8.
Rodeo events showcased during the two day affair included Bareback and Saddle Bronc Riding, Pole Bending, Tie Down Roping, Breakaway Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Goat Tying, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding.
Results for the Rodeo Events will be available online at their website, www.chsradist8.com.
The sport of Rodeo has been a big part of Brawley’s culture and heritage since the first one in the 1950s.  The first Cattle Call Rodeos were held at the city’s Warne Field.
A few years later, a group of locals chose to construct the Cattle Call arena at its current location, in the southwest portion of the city.
Now, the Cattle Call Rodeo, and its week’s worth of events, brings in tens of thousands of people to the city during the first week of November.
The Cattle Call Arena has also been the focal point for several recent events, including a charity walk and a professional bike race.  The Arena will also see several other events in the coming weeks, such as a bike safety demonstration, a concert for Cesar Chavez, and a boxing charity event.

 
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