Calif. CBP Officers Intercept Approximately $1M in Hard Narcotics

Imperial Valley, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Imperial Valley ports of entry stopped approximately $1 million worth of narcotics from entering the U.S. this weekend.

The first incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. on April 16, at the Andrade port of entry. A CBP officer inspecting vehicles and travelers referred a 38-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a white 1996 Chrysler Town and Country van for further examination.

In Other Words

Clout? What Clout?

DOES CALEXICO HAVE ANY POLITICAL CLOUT ANYWHERE THESE DAYS?
The city suffered through an earthquake that damaged enough buildings to make it a major disaster – at least locally.
But a year later some of the damage hasn’t been repaired and some attention by the federal government is needed. That brought Senator Barbara Boxer here to inspect the city’s water treatment plant and the water tanks that support it.
“This is unacceptable,” she said about the damage and the long delay in getting it fixed. Well, a month later it’s still not fixed and it’s still unacceptable.
I got a press release from FEMA, The Federal Emergency Management Agency, saying that federal funds are being sent to northern California to assist those who suffered damage from the tsunami that struck Japan and sent waves crashing across the sea.
Obviously, somebody isn’t paying attention to Calexico when some minor damage on the coast gets some immediate attention and we sit here waiting and waiting and waiting.
Well, in the scheme of California voting, Calexico is pretty small compared to the area around San Francisco. A Senator would do well to prioritize appropriations based on votes received.
But, Calexico also lost out when funding for a new Port of Entry  at the end of Cesar Chavez Boulevard went down the drain with the current budget cuts.
Where was Congressman Filner when it came to helping out in this matter? He sent a note to the President, but that seems like a mighty small gesture for such a big project.
It would have provided 16 new Sentri lanes and eased the congestion that piles up on weekends  at the POE.
After more months of protesting and meeting you’d think the city would get a better response from its elected leaders. Somebody at City Hall needs to get better relationships with the federal delegation representing this part of the state. They need to put pressure on those people to deliver something besides empty promises too.
There’s more to  getting the economy going in a city than simply cutting everybody’s salaries and throwing out worthwhile programs. The city, and the border region, need more exposure in Washington if the funding for these projects is going to be secured and  Calexico isn’t lost in a cloud of political dust.
I’d be happy to hear from someone who can tell me what the city is doing to improve relations at the federal level. That would appear to be the only way they are going to get something moving forward again with regard to the economy.
Only one person asked about the Port of Entry when Boxer was here. Since she was on her way to dedicate a new POE in San Ysidro it was a legitimate question.
That was County Supervisor John Renison. He was told she was unfamiliar with the Calexico POE and he should send her a letter. Well, gosh, we wonder if he did.
Life is lonely down here at the bottom of the totem pole.
WHO WOULD EVER THINK $4.00 PER GALLON GASOLINE would be upon us. Some people are even predicting $5.00 per gallon by this summer.
Really? Whose in charge here? Is anybody in Washington, or Sacramento paying attention to the price of oil? Does anybody there care?
We’re not sure President Obama cares. We saw him on an evening news show saying “we want to find a lasting solution to the high price of gasoline.”
The last time I heard the “Lasting Solution” line was around the time of the Vietnam War and Richard Nixon was telling us to “stay the course.” Well, the course wasn’t a good one. And Obama quoting old political cliches doesn’t do much good for my confidence when it comes to the government doing anything about helping out us poor consumers. They could find the time and money to help out Goldman Sachs and the other bankers, but suddenly they don’t know the public is here when we need them.
Obama has shown a strong lack of leadership when he doesn’t have a speech writer near by. First we’re encouraged to buy cars through government incentives. Then the government buys a stake in a car company (General Motors) Now it turns its back on us when the price is artificially being manipulated by the same people manipulated housing prices and brought about the recession. Hello, Washington!
Is anybody paying attention to us poor folk in Imperial Valley?
Peace.

Baseball Report

By Bob Hurst

Troy Tulowitzki finally ran into a pitcher who could cool him off. Tulowitzki, who has been ripping the ball early this season, went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum on Monday night, an 8-1 win for the Giants over Colorado.

That snapped the Colorado shortstop’s eight-game hitting streak, but don’t expect Tulowitzki to have too many 0-for’s this season.

Education and Collaboration to Protect Healthcare Consumers Highlighted During 2011 Health Information Privacy and Security Week

As technology continues to shape the future of healthcare, it is important for healthcare consumers to be aware of potential security and privacy risks. Continuing its commitment to address these growing issues surrounding the privacy and security of health information, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) will sponsor (with the support of Crowe Horwath) the seventh annual Health Information Privacy and Security Week, April 11 through 17. This year’s theme is “United in a Mission to Protect Information.”