From the daily archives: Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dr Ahmad

Imperial County Behavioral Health Services psychiatrist Bushra Ahmad has been named its medical director effective May 1.

In announcing the promotion agency Director Michael Horn stated, “Dr. Ahmad is representative of the advantages of our efforts to retain talented professionals and promote from within. Her experience in our community is invaluable to serving the needs of our clients.”

Ahmad succeeds Alvaro Camacho who Horn stated did “exemplary work” in holding the position since July 2007. Camacho left to concentrate more on his private practice.

Ahmad now oversees physicians and nurses, coordinates staff recruitment and hiring, is the liaison between the medical staff and administration and enhances and develops programs to improve client care.

“I now have the opportunity to represent our staff at the administrative level as well as doing more to serve our clients,” she said.

On the Behavioral Health staff since 2004, Ahmad is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. In addition to her administrative duties she also continues her psychiatric work serving adult clients in the agency’s Drug and Alcohol Programs and Mental Health Services Recovery Group

Ahmad immigrated to the United States from Pakistan in 1992. She received a medical degree in Pakistan and upon arriving in the U.S. completed a residency at Martin Luther King, Jr. hospital in Los Angeles. She resides in Imperial County with her husband and two children


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Family Style Hawaiian Luau is set for June 4. Jennifer Mitosinka is doing an
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guests will be greeted at the door with a flowered lei. A deep pit pork barbecue
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By Mario Conde

California is gearing up to see how its political landscape changes by the end of the year thanks to the re-districting process.

The California Citizens Redistricting Commission was in Palm Springs last week as part of their State wide tour to get input from the public on the new electoral boundaries. The California Citizens commission is the one that draws the lines ultimately will determine the number of locally elected lawmakers serving in Sacramento and Washington for the next decade.

Redistricting is done after each census to ensure the state’s population is equally divided over the state and federal legislative districts. Historically, legislators drew the district boundaries in closed meetings, often favoring incumbents or their own party. This Commission is independent and committed to including the voices of all Californians in the process. In addition to holding public hearings throughout the State, the Commission is soliciting citizen participation through its website

The public forum in Palm Spring had elected officials and public in general speaking about the new district boundaries. Former County Supervisor and Calexico Mayor, Tony Tirado, was at the meeting and informed the County Board of Supervisors about the possibility of having the Imperial and Coachella Valley in the same congressional district.

“The idea is to have the 51st Congressional District, State Senate District 40, and the 80th Assembly District into one same representation area.” Tirado told the Board.

Tirado mentioned that many people expressed their opinion at the forum and there were many that favored having the Imperial Valley join Riverside County in the Congressional District since they both share similar issues. Others, on the other hand, vehemently oppose having the Imperial Valley be integrated to their region.

The new district boundaries will have the be presented to the State Legislature by this summer for its consideration and review.


By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council authorized the allocation of funds for the mandatory local match to apply and secure federal and state grants for the completion of Cesar Chavez Blvd/Calexico West Port of Entry improvements.

The City is seeking federal and state grants to obtain the additional funding necessary to construct the Cesar Chavez Blvd. Corridor Congestion Improvement Project. As part of the requirements of available grants a local match is mandated for a minimum of twenty percent of the project cost. The preliminary estimated project cost is $8,520,000. The City has secured a grant for $2.8 Million Dollars.

The approval of the allocation of the estimated local mandatory match using Measure D funds for $1,200,000 is necessary in order to apply and secure Federal/State Funds for up to $4,536,000 to complete the project. City Staff has been working with Imperial County Transportation Commission and Caltrans to coordinate the efforts to obtain the subject grants to fund the project.

The City if moving forward with this project regardless to the elimination of funding for the new West Port of Entry was nixed by U.S. Congress last month. As reported by the Calexico Chronicle last year, the subject improvements will include traffic signals, sidewalks, left turn pockets, road shoulder, and street markings. This project is an attempt to mitigate traffic congestion and make it safe for pedestrians when the new port of entry is completed.

In other items, the Council approved a resolution to apply for CDBG funding for contribution for the planning and Technical Assistance studies activities; for an application requesting a total of $105,000 in funding be submitted for the following activities: Business Infrastructure Needs Assessment $35,000, Master Plan for Street Improvements $35,000, and Exterior Housing Conditions survey $35,000.

Finally, Councilman Bill Hodge asked the Council to have summit with the different youth sports organization and meet with the City Manager and other department heads and hear their concerns and suggestion on how to improve recreation in Calexico. Councilman Hodge felt that they should capitalize the momentum since the council is taking action in recreation with the pool and the parks. The Council agreed with Hodge’s proposal and will have the meeting through the Calexico Recreation Commission. The City will have meeting regarding and update of the pool and some recreation grants that the City is currently working right now.

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