The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter Announces 2011-2012 Board of Directors

San Diego, July 12, 2011 – The American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter Annual Meeting is scheduled for Friday, July 15, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the Red Cross Headquarters located at 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego.  Tom Gehring, CEO & Executive Director of the San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS) and the current Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Red Cross will thank exiting board members and welcome new members joining for the coming fiscal year. The public is invited and welcome to attend.


Bipartisan Bill Would Remove Barriers Preventing Homeowners Who Are Making Their Payments From Refinancing at Historically Low Interest Rates


Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) held a press conference call to discuss her bill, the Helping Responsible Homeowners Act of 2011, which would remove barriers that have prevented millions of homeowners with non-delinquent, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac-backed mortgages from refinancing at historically low interest rates. She also urged the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to use its existing authority to eliminate these obstacles to refinancing.

El Centro Could Be Home Base For The Joint Strike Fighter

By Mario Conde

The Imperial County aspires to home base the Joint Strike Fighter at Naval Air Facility-El Centro.

Last Tuesday at the County Board of Supervisors meeting, Deputy CEO Andy Horne spoke the board about the possibility of having the county as the home base of the Joint Strike Fighter to the local Navy base. The F-35 Lightning II Program (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter Program) is the Department of Defense’s focal point for defining affordable next generation strike aircraft weapon systems for the Navy, Air Force, Marines, and our allies. The F-35 will bring cutting-edge technologies to the battles pace of the future.

South California the 51st State, Can It Happen?

By Mario Conde        

A Riverside County Supervisor has started a huge debate to see if Southern California should become the 51st State of the Union.

Under the proposal, Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono counties would be asked to consider forming a 51st state, the State of South California. Boards of supervisors and city councils within those counties would be invited to meet and discuss the possible of secession from the State of California.