From the daily archives: Tuesday, June 21, 2011

By Mario Conde

The hearings to the define the new legislative districts in California continued this past Monday in San Diego were a large group from the Imperial Valley spoke on behalf of residents.

As reported last week, Chairman of the County Board, Jack Terrazas planned to attend a hearing in San Diego from the re-districting committee and asked them to keep Coachella Valley as part of the Assembly and State Senate Districts since it would be more beneficial to the County.

The first draft of the new legislative districts takes away all of the Coachella Valley in the State Assembly and State Senate and joins South San Diego. If these proposed maps are approved, then the new State Senator and Assembly members will be Republican.

A large delegation of Imperial Valley leaders traveled to San Diego to speak on this issue. Calexico Council members Bill Hodge, Maritza Hurtado, and Luis Castro spoke to the committee as well as Calexico resident Karla Flores and Frank Salazar. Joining Chairman Terrazas was Supervisor District 1 John Renison.

“Clearly we are too small to be our own district, so we must align with neighboring communities of interest. Being contiguous does necessarily make us a community of interst.” Terrazas said and continued, “There are areas in San Diego that we could be aligned with where we share interest, but your draft senate and assembly districts do not connect us with those areas.”

Terrazas mentioned that if the Valley aligns with San Diego, they need to be connected with those south San Diego County communities that share the U.S./Mexico border region and port-of-entry which is a major component of their economic and cultural ties.

“We also share interest with portions of the Coachella Valley in Riverside County. Just to tick off a few commonalties, look at the Salton Sea as community of interest and mutual concern; our shared agricultural industry; a common air basin which give us challenges; we both share vast desserts region which are being developed with a new renewable energy industry; even our electricity comes from the publicly owned Imperial Irrigation District which is also one of the major employers in the Coachella and Imperial region.” Terrazas said.

Chairman Terrazas said that Tuesday’s regular Board meeting that the big turnout of valley representatives was positive for the efforts of the re-districting process and feels confident that the re-drawing of the districts will benefit the Imperial Valley.

 

Jason Britton

El Centro, California-June 21, 2011-The Jason Britton Street Bike Stunt Show commits to come and perform at Freedom Fest, on July 4th, as part of his Kawasaki-Monster Military Tour 2011.

Jason Britton, the most highly recognized motorcycle stunt rider/entertainer in the world, is currently on a national tour to educate on riding safety, riding gear, and the fact and fiction of what you see on TV.

He will be featuring Kawasaki’s S.M.A.R.T. program, which stands for Sensible Motorcycles Are Defining Transportation Project.  This project assists with understanding your limitation and purchasing the right bike for your level.

Jason has done Hollywood films such as Torque, Biker Boys, and Taking of Pelham 1-2-3.

The highlight of the evening will be Jason Britton, along with world-class motorcycle stunt rider Eric Hoenshell, performing an amazing street bike show.

Jason and Eric will provide 1 stunt show at 8:15 p.m. with autograph session and photo opportunities after the show.

Once again, FM 107.5 is honored to present Freedom Fest on behalf of the Imperial Valley Joint Chambers.

“It takes approximately 330 volunteers each year to put this event on, stated Gene Brister, Committee Chairman and Co-Founder of Freedom Fest.  The business community also provides tremendous financial support with major sponsorships from Valley Plaza Shopping Center, Imperial Printers/Rocket Copy, Sun Community Federal Credit Union, RADCO Construction, 8 Minute Energy Renewables, Spreckles Sugar and FM 107.5”.

Ben Abatti, Jr. will static display his completely rebuilt 1966 Ford F-100 pickup better know as the “Robbie Gordon Hay Hauler” which won the class 8 off-road championship in 1988.

The Desert Cruisers Car Club is returning this year with some good old-fashioned 4th of July games for the kids.  There will be no charge to enter the games and prizes will be provided to the winners while the supply last.

Fireworks America of San Diego will once again fire the largest fireworks show in southeastern California that will be synchronized to music on FM 107.5.  The fireworks show design and music track produced by John Noonan of Los Angeles will feature a more contemporary music theme.

2011 marks the twenty-first year Freedom Fest has been held on the campus of Imperial Valley College on July 4th.  Concessions and static displays will open at 6 p.m. and the free fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m.

The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets to sit on, and radios to tune to FM 107.5 for the fireworks music.

Alcoholic beverages, personal fireworks, and BBQ’S are not allowed on the Imperial Valley College campus grounds.  For more information the public can log on to kxoradio.com

 

El Centro, California-June 21, 2011-The Freedom Fest 2011 Committee is pleased to announce NASCAR/IMCA Team Drivers for Bryans Racing Enterprises Sandy Rose Bauler, Eddie Bryans, and Augie Vidovitch have committed to bring the “Love to Accelerate” Campaign booth, featuring a NASCAR Super Late Model, to this years’ installment of Freedom Fest on July 4th.

The “Love to Accelerate” Campaign is a partnership between Driven 2 Dare, Pacific Safety Council, and AT&T to offer resources to Imperial County regarding distracted and responsible driving.  “We are excited about our partnership with AT&T, because they are committed to community and have taken the lead in educating on the dangers of texting and driving”, stated Sandy Bauler.

The public is encouraged to stop by the booth and join the NASCAR/IMCA Team Drivers in taking the Pledge to Never Text and Drive and actually sign the racecar.

Pictures and autographs from all the NASCAR/IMCA drivers will be available throughout the Freedom Fest event.

Plus, take pictures with the racecar and pickup entry forms to win team memorabilia, blue tooth devices from AT&T, and Rides with a Pro in a racecar on a real speedway.  There’s no purchase necessary.

Each year, FM 107.5 presents Freedom Fest on behalf of the Imperial Valley Joint Chambers; Imperial, Brawley, Westmorland, Calexico, Holtville, and

El Centro.

“Imperial Valley College, local Cities, County of Imperial, State, and Federal agencies provide tremendous support for this event, stated Gene Brister, Committee Chairman and Co-Founder of Freedom Fest.  We’re also fortunate to have a major buy-in of sponsorships from Valley Plaza Shopping Center, Imperial Printers/Rocket Copy, Sun Community Federal Credit Union, RADCO Construction, 8 Minute Energy Renewables, Spreckles Sugar and FM 107.5”.

The Freedom Fest 2011 theme this year is “Let Freedom Ring” celebrating our Democracy and the Declaration of Independence as a model for the whole world.

This year’s static displays will offer something for adults and kids alike including Homeland Security Border Patrol with their BORSTAR ATV’s, sand rail, and K-9 division, Imperial Valley College will feature a solar energy display and Walter Britschgi is back with his three engine tractor puller.

The grand finale of the evening will be the largest fireworks show in southeastern California synchronized to music on FM 107.5.  This years’ show is dedicated to the active and retired men and women of our Armed Forces and to the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our country in the field of war.

Freedom Fest 2011, now in its twenty-first year, will be held on Monday, July 4th, on the campus of Imperial Valley College.  Concessions and static displays will open at 6 p.m. and the free fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m.

Families are urged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, and radios tuned to FM 107.5 for the fireworks music and prepare themselves for a fun filled evening of entertainment, food, and incredible static displays.

Alcoholic beverages, personal fireworks, and BBQ’s are not allowed on the college campus grounds.  For more information the public can log on to kxoradio.com

 

In the United States, consumer confidence decreased to 60.8 in May of 2011 from 66 in April of 2011. In the United States, The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) is a barometer of the health of the U.S. economy from the perspective of the consumer. The index is based on approximately 3,000 completed questionnaires reflecting consumers’ perceptions of current business and employment conditions, as well as their expectations for six months hence regarding business conditions, employment, and income. The Consumer Confidence Index and its related series are among the earliest sets of economic indicators available each month and are closely watched as leading indicators for the U.S. economy. This page includes: United States Consumer Confidence chart, historical data and news.

Why are gasoline prices so high? Excuses, facts, reality or just plain hype – we show them and you decide if these are real, imagined or scare tactics for increasing the cost of a barrel of crude oil and the resulting high cost of gasoline worldwide.

Each day our researchers looked at the headlines to see the latest daily excuse for high oil prices. When compiling the list it became obvious that some excuses were completely opposite of previous excuses. Some were just plain stupid, and some excuses required a simple mind if they were to be believed. Some of the daily press came from experts while some was obviously provided by those who play the futures market. Current events or media hype – that became the question. While some excuses angered those with intelligent minds, others were intelligent facts.

Crude oil topped $40 a barrel on August 20, 2004. It hit $50 on July 24, 2005. It was $72 a barrel six weeks later, in part blamed on hurricane Katrina. Others blame President Bush for not threatening to release oil from U.S. oil reserves in order to keep speculators from driving up the cost of crude oil. Just in time for summer driving in 2006, problems in Nigera and Iran caused oil to spike again. Oil hit $78 a barrel in July 2006. By 2007 the cost of a barrel of oil was less important than supply-to-demand imbalances.

Oil prices soared in early April 2008, supporting retail gas prices’ surge to a new record above $3.30 a gallon, after a dismal employment report sent the dollar lower. Light, sweet crude for May delivery rose $2.40 to settle at $106.23 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

“There’s no correlation any longer between crude oil prices and gasoline prices. Crude could drop to $10/barrel, and you could still have gasoline go to $4/gallon. All the crude oil price does is set a floor on gasoline prices.” (Quote by Tim Hamilton, a researcher and petroleum industry consultant with the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights)

The Federal Trade Commission said, in May 2006, that the sharp jump at the pump was attributable to market forces including big drops in supply and production, and runs on inventories after major damage to refineries, ports and pipelines. Unable to find villains or proof of price gouging and price fixing by big oil companies these same companies announced record profits.

Gas prices here in California topped out at over $4.50 a Gallon in mid 2008. In late 2008 the bottom fell out of the economy.

Looking at the charts  we can see a direct comparison of the United States Consumer Confidence and the price of gasoline over the past five years.  With oil speculators watching every consumer Index and raising the price of oil on every uptick to the economy, do you feel that we will ever recover, or will the speculators keep draining the middle class and prolonging this recession?

 

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM MST /10 AM PDT/ TO 8 PM MST /8 PM PDT/ WEDNESDAY… … EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM MST /10 AM PDT/ TO 8 PM MST /8 PM PDT/ THURSDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM MST /10 AM PDT/ TO 8 PM MST /8 PM PDT/ WEDNESDAY. AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED FROM 10 AM MST /10 AM PDT/ TO 8 PM MST /8 PM PDT/ THURSDAY. THE EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

 

* AFFECTED AREA: SOUTHWEST ARIZONA AND SOUTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: TACNA… WELLTON… FORTUNA FOOTHILLS… YUMA… QUARTZSITE… SALOME… EHRENBERG… PARKER… CHIRIACO SUMMIT… DESERT CENTER… BLYTHE… BRAWLEY… CALEXICO… EL CENTRO.

* TEMPERATURE: HIGH TEMPERATURES OF 112 TO 115 DEGREES ON THE LOWER DESERTS ARE EXPECTED WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.

* IMPACTS: THIS IS THE FIRST EXCESSIVE HEAT EPISODE OF THE SUMMER. TAKE THE NECESSARY PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST THE DANGERS OF EXCESSIVE HEAT.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE… RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. IF YOU WEAR A WIDE-BRIMMED HAT… YOUR HEAD AND BODY WILL BE MUCH COOLER.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK… THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY… CALL 911.

 
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