New Homeowners Receive Keys at the End of Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz

Two homes completed in five days for hardworking Oceanside families


OCEANSIDE, California, August 9, 2011 Professional and volunteer builders alike have put down their hammers and power saws to celebrate the successful end of San Diego Habitat for Humanity’s 2011 Home Builders Blitz.  On Friday, August 5th, Swinerton Builders and Habitat for Humanity dedicated two homes that were built from start to finish during the five day build.

Baseball Report

Baseball Report

By Bob Hurst

So why do the Boston Red Sox beat the Yankees so often? Is it a psychological edge or are they just the better team?

Whatever the case, the Red sox are now 10-2 against New York this season with six games left between the AL East rivals. Boston took two of three over the weekend at Fenway Park to win its fourth straight series over the Bronx Bombers.

County Clerk Recorder Office to Get Upgrade

By Mario Conde

The County Clerk Recorder office had the support of the County Board of Supervisors last Tuesday as they approved new equipment that will increase the efficiency and customer service of the department.

The board approved a request to amend the proposed budget for fiscal year 2011-12 in order to appropriate funding to support the purchase and upgrade of software and equipment in the amount of $450, 536.00 and the purchase of office hardware and software equipment to support new system functions in the amount of $45,000 from South Tech.

Redistricting Map Complete, Shifts Assembly & Congress Seats

By Mario Conde
The California state redistricting commission approved its preliminary final maps for congressional and state legislative electoral districts last Friday.
The independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission voted to move its preliminary final maps to the public review stage and will vote on adoption of the maps on August 15, 2011. The votes brought the Commission a step closer to issuing final maps for U.S. Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly and Board of Equalization districts. This is the first time in the history of California that an independent citizen’s commission drew district boundaries. County Intergovernmental relations, Bob Ham, presented to the County Board of Supervisors the new political boundaries for the next ten years.
Imperial County will remain part of Riverside at the State Assembly and will now be the 56 District. Manuel Perez will remain as the Assembly member for this district and for the Imperial Valley. The original proposal was to align Imperial Valley to El Cajon in the Assembly and the State Senate. County Board Chairman Jack Terrazas went and spoke before the commission and asked them to keep Imperial
since they have many issues in common such as agriculture, water, and the Salton Sea.
Terrazas also asked the congressional district to be kept with south San Diego and the border since they need to deal with border trade issues.
The 51st Congressional District will stay the same but it will now include Imperial Beach. Congressman Bob Filner (D-Chula Vista) decided to step down from his congressional seat in order to run for San Diego Mayor next year. Rumors began circulating last week that former State Senator Denise Moreno-Ducheny could be running for congress now that Imperial Beach was added to the congressional District.
The 40th State Senate District has a couple of changes now that the new map does not include the city of residence of State Senator Juan Vargas but Ham says he could continue to serve as the 40th District Senator by moving into to the area. Vargas filed to run for Congress in the 51st Congressional District but does not live in the congressional area either. Ham said that is not required for a candidate for congress to live in the area they intend to run for.

Valley Center Opens Its Doors To Three Public Services

By: Jim Predmore
A Grand Opening Celebration was held on Thursday, July 28th as The Valley Center showed off its new offices to the public. The Valley Center has been created to bring three organizations together under one roof for the purpose of supporting and growing the Imperial Valley.  These organizations include Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation (IVEDC), and Imperial Valley Transportation District (IVTD).
Hasan Ikhrata, the Executive Director of SCAG, gave a brief presentation stating how excited he was to see these organizations coming together with the hope of helping the Valley in the areas of development and enterprise.
Pam O’Connor, President of the board of SCAG, spoke of the importance of the three entities working together for the betterment of the Imperial Valley.
Rod Means, director of SCORE, spoke of the free online counseling for small business that is available through his organization.
Jesus Escobar, Chairman for IVEDC, gave a brief overview of how IVEDC is working together with SCAG and IVTD, and how the employees and volunteers of ICEDC were committed to making The Valley Center an integral part of Imperial Valley.
All of the guests were introduced by IVEDC Chief Executive Officer Tim Kelley.  Kelley thanked all who attended the event and gave special recognition to his staff.
At the end of the presentations, guests were given the opportunity to tour the facility which includes numerous offices and conference rooms, including a conference room which enables video conferencing.