Flash Flood Warning for Imperial County, CA

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR… SOUTHWESTERN IMPERIAL COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA… THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF… PLASTER CITY… OCOTILLO…

* UNTIL 545 PM PDT

* AT 434 PM PDT… FLASH FLOODING WAS LIKELY FROM THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE WARNED AREA. PARTICULARLY IN THE COYOTE MOUNTAINS AND NEARLY PORTIONS OF THE IMPERIAL HIGHWAY OR STATE ROUTE 2 JUST NORTHWEST OF OCOTILLO.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Calexico City Council Elect New Mayor

Luis Castro with Ulises Cardenas and Rene Felix,from the office of Juan Vargas

By Mario Conde With the start of the new fiscal year, the Calexico City Council made its re-organization this past Tuesday and elected Luis Castro as the new Mayor of Calexico. The Council voted 5-0 to appoint Mayor Luis Castro and Daniel Romero as Mayor Pro Tem at the regular Tuesday meeting. The members of the Council spoke at the meeting on how they have worked as a team to get things done and increase the services for the residents of Calexico. Councilmember Bill Hodge described this council as a very progressive one that is working to get things done.  “I’m proud of what we have accomplished this past year. Are we done yet? Absolutely not, but we will continue to work together to improve our budget and work towards a better Calexico.” Hodge said.  Councilman Hodge congratulated former Mayor John Moreno for his leadership as Mayor and said he learn a lot from him. Councilwoman Maritza Hurtado also congratulated Councilman Moreno for his good work as Mayor and also asked the rest of the Council to support each other and continue working as a team. Outgoing Mayor John Moreno said in his speech that the Council tackled the budget deficit and worked with City staff to get the job done.  He congratulated City Manager Oscar Rodriquez, Victor Carrillo, Finance Director Judy Hashem, and all of the department heads for working towards balancing the City budget for the first time in years. He said the economic development is coming to Calexico and working on such projects like the Grand Plaza, the Casino, and Towncenter Plaza. Incoming Mayor pro Tem Daniel Romero said to be humbled for his appointment to be Mayor Pro Tem and said he looks forward for the upcoming 12 months. Finally, Mayor Luis Castro said the he took a pledge to serve the residents of Calexico and work hard with the Council to increase the services. He said the will work to bring more recreational activities and sports by working with the different City Commissions.  The Calexico Chamber of Commerce hosted a welcome mixer at Applebee’s to welcome the newly re-organized City Council.

Calexico City Council Approved a Balanced Budget

By Mario Conde

It’s been a hard and difficult road for the City of Calexico these last few years dealing with a big budget deficit but the Council approved a balanced budget last week for the first time in three years.

The Council approved the fiscal year 2011-12 budget were the projected budget revenues for this year will be $17, 686, 773. The budget expenditures will be this year at $17,645 820, that will bring net revenues in this fiscal year to $43,953.

Highway 86 Checkpoint Yields High-Dollar Meth Seizure

SALTON CITY, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station arrested a smuggler yesterday attempting to transport more than $560,000 worth of methamphetamine.

The incident occurred at around 5 a.m., when a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a black-colored Chevy pickup truck at the Highway 86 Checkpoint near Salton City, Calif.  The man that was driving the vehicle is a 37-year-old United States citizen.  After a thorough search of the truck in secondary inspection, agents discovered approximately 18 pounds of methamphetamine hidden under the passenger side seat.

Calif. CBP Officers Intercept More than $300K in U.S. Currency

Calexico, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted over $316,000 in reported U.S. currency during outbound inspections at the Calexico East port of entry yesterday evening.

The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. when officers with the port’s Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team were conducting inspections of outbound vehicles and stopped a black 1999 Honda Accord driven by a 22-year-old female U.S. citizen with two passengers, a 26-year-old male Mexican citizen and a 17-year-old female U.S. citizen.