From the daily archives: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

By Mario Conde

The Calexico School Board approved the issuance of bonds in which the renovation of the Calexico Swimming pool could happen.

The board deliberated on this issue at their regular Tuesday meeting in which they discussed approving this resolution that would give the District over $1 Million Dollars in bonds. The board had previously tabled this item since they requested more information about this bond. Trustee Joong Kim asked for a joint City Council-School Board meeting to discuss this item and see how the money would be used. The City of Calexico has issued millions of dollars in bonds for the City projects for economic development and other uses. The bonds for the School District would be used to improve various areas in the Districts.

At last Tuesday’s meeting City Manager Oscar Rodriquez spoke to the board about this bonds and said that this bonds are an urgency item since this might be the last chance the City could issue bonds for the district since the Redevelopment Agencies could be gone anytime.

“Redevelopment Agencies have not been phased out like the Governor wanted so this gives us a window of opportunity to get these bonds and use it for the swimming pool.” Rodriquez said.

Rodriquez said that the Redevelopment Agency survived by only one vote since one Republican Assembly member voted against it. The Acting City Manager said if the board votes to approve these bonds then they can meet on how the money would be used for the District afterwards. Calexico RDA consultant Marshall Lynn said that every week RDA is on the chopping block and said his team will be on the phone the very next morning to get the bonds ready in the next couple of weeks.

“Waiting two more weeks will be a mistake because the monies will not be there anymore and the opportunity would be lost to rebuild the swimming pool.” Lynn warned the board.

Trustee Joong Kim was the only board member against the issuance of the bonds and cited the problems other cities have experience because of bonds. A lot of discussion about the benefit of the bonds took place but in the end the board decided to approve a resolution to go forward with the bonds  with the vote of 4-1 having Trustee Kim being the only vote against it.


By Chris Furguson
A viewing for Anthony Garcia will be held at Brawley Union High School on May 3 from 6 pm to 9 pm.  This will be followed by funeral services the next day at St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Brawley at 10 am.
The son of Lupe and Rusty Garcia, Anthony was a senior at Brawley Union High School. Anthony was diagnosed with cancer in January of this year after a visit to Pioneers Memorial Hospital and was quickly sent to Children’s Hospital in San Diego, where he stayed until his passing on Sunday.
Tests at the time showed Anthony had cancer in several places, including his stomach, spine and liver.
Soon after his diagnosis, a BBQ fundraiser was held in his name that drew several thousand dollars for his treatment.
More than 40 people were at Anthony’s bedside when he passed on April 24th.  He was scheduled to have a procedure done the previous week, but tests showed that some of his organs had failed.  Two entire waiting rooms were also filled with friends, family and other wellwishers.
Anthony had been part of the 2010 Bell Game winning Brawley Wildcats, earning Imperial Valley League second team honors for the year as an offensive lineman.
In addition to his parents, Anthony leaves behind an older sister and a younger brother and younger sister.


Dear Royal Red Cross Revelers:

In the event your Royal Wedding Invitation got lost in the mail and/or your name was not on the list of invited guests that was recently released to the news media please know that you can still have a royal grand time on the morning of the much awaited nuptials …
As I’m most positive that you all have the necessary pedigree, good standing and refined traits that the royals command for this grand occasion … we’re hoping you join us and still help with a worthy cause to keep in step with Kate and Wills bridal registry that will help the many charities they’ve selected …
A royal call down of sorts is being sent out once again to request your help with the icing down and loading of the water for the IV Law Enforcement Memorial that will take place later that the evening …
If you have a free spot of time please do join us ~ Keep in mind this is a work detail and not a ‘watch party’ though I’m sure the News Channels will conveniently be running the entire nuptials and all the related royal fan-faire … black tie and formal duds are not needed ~ leave the tiaras at home!
The Patriculars for both the Water Brigade and the Ceremony follow:
Royal Water Brigade: Location IVSC Training Room Area
Report for duty at 8:30 am ~ bring your work gloves if needed
Grand Favor Request:  If you have an ice chest we can borrow for the evening please bring it along – ensure that it is properly id’d with your information – I will personally ensure it is returned back to you before noon the following day …
I will be bringing Tea & Scones and of course Donuts & Coffee will be available for those of you who prefer the choice of “beef”  =)
IV Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony: Location IC Courthouse ~ if you will be reporting to help with our water stations … Please report to the IVSC @ 4pm … Ceremony begins at 7pm – though we will be staging at 5pm – just before the Private Reception that will be held for the Survivors …

Royal Wedding Trivia and the Red Cross

When the future Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were wed in 1947, the Queensland government sent them 500 cases of tinned pineapples.


A gift of canned fruit may seem ridiculous these days, but it was well received in a Britain still struggling from food shortages after World War II.

The United States sent 50,000 parcels, each containing 10 kilograms of food, for the princess to distribute among British families, while the Canadian city of Toronto sent 804 tonnes of food.


The Australia Junior Red Cross provided more than 900 kilograms of sweets for children in London.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Chris Furguson

Photo by Chris Furguson

The Brawley Parks & Recreation Department held their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Pat Williams Park on the morning of Saturday, April 23, 2011, one day before the traditional holiday.
Hundreds of children, parents, grandparents and other friends and relatives descended onto the park that was used the previous night for a United States Marine Corps training exercise.
As with previous Easter Egg Hunts, the park was split between three areas.  One area was for three and under, one was for ages four and five and the final portion was for ages six through eight.
“It’s the fastest event we have,” said Brawley Parks & Rec. Director Karin Morgan.  “It’s over in five minutes, but it’s one of our most popular events.”
A special appearance by the Easter Bunny also brought many cheers from the children in attendance.
This year’s event was supposed to begin at the signal of a Brawley Fire Truck.  However, when the driver accidentally honked his horn in response to another driver blocking his turn, the hunt was on, albeit a few minutes early.
“This happens so all the time,” said Morgan. “If we start a few minutes late, people are still coming into the park.  We’ll tell them to be here before 10 am, but they still show up as we’re leaving.”
Hard boiled eggs, plastic eggs and candies were strewn around the three areas of the park.  Twelve lucky winners received special Easter baskets from the Parks & Rec Department while a dozen others received a free Happy Meal, which were donated by an unidentified citizen.
Sodas were also available for thirsty parents and children as they were leaving.
Additional egg hunts took place all over the Imperial Valley, including El Centro and Holtville, as well as around the state and country.  This year’s White House Egg Roll in Washington DC featured 14,500 eggs for a record 30,000 parents and children.



Mike Johnson talks to Dr Gostich at last years Turning Point Thanksgiving Dinner. One of Mike Johnson's Last public appearances, Mike Johnson passed less then a month later.

Turning Point Ministries will be having its Annual Banquet and silent auction fundraiser on Friday May 6 at 6:00 p.m.  at the Old Eucalyptus Schoolhouse in El Centro.  Turning Point Ministries has been helping men and their families overcome life controlling problems for over 17 years here in the Imperial Valley. To date, the ministry has seen over 1000 men come through their doors. This year’s banquet will be a tribute to the late Pastor Mike Johnson, Turning Point’s founder and former director.  The focus will be on the impact he made to so many families in the Imperial Valley and his home city of Holtville. Pastor Mike passed away on December 18, 2010 after battling cancer. Mike always put others ahead of himself and was always willing to help someone in need.  No matter what time it was or how difficult the situation was, he always found a way to help. Mike was bold when it came to asking for donations to help the ministry and did so right up to his passing. Turning Point will continue to make a difference in the lives of so many and needs the support of the community to continue Mike’s legacy. Turning Point’s new Director and Pastor Norm Chandler, who has served as the Men’s Home Supervisor since 2007, has taken over for Mike and is determined to keep this ministry strong. This year’s banquet will feature guest speakers including Gilbert Otero, Imperial County District Attorney, Pamela Littrell, Imperial Valley Probation Department, testimonies from former students from Turning Point and others. The banquet and silent auction tickets are $35.00 and can be purchased by calling the Men’s Home at 356-4307.

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