From the daily archives: Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Ventanilla de Salud, participants and staff, want to say thank you to all the agencies that made the 1st Imperial Valley Women’s Expo a successful event. Ventanilla de Salud helps people to get access to medical services in Imperial Valley and is located at the Mexican Consulate in Calexico, is operated by health promoters of the fiscal agency Neighborhood House of Calexico, Inc. The Mexican Consulate in collaboration with El Centro Regional Medical Center, Neighborhood House and Ventanilla de Salud celebrated women’s health with a Women’s expo that had the participation of 29 agencies that share important information regarding health care services in Imperial Valley. There were more than 2000 people that enjoy 80 children paints in exhibition from Mexico with the theme “This is my Mexico”, exhibition of Mexican art, two singers of Mexican music, a Zumba performance, food, music, and raffles.

We  express our sincere gratitude to the following agencies: El Centro Regional Medical Center Diabetes program,  Imperial Valley Child Asthma Program, March of Dimes, Planned Parenthood, Sure Crisis Helpline, Valley Orthopaedic Clinic, I.C. Children & Family First Commission, Listen with Your Heart, AARP (American Association of Retired Person), Alzheimer Association, American Red Cross/Disaster Preparedness program,  Líderes Campesinas, Between Women, Alegre Amanecer, Amigos de Alejandro, Inc., Caltrans (Stop in the Cone Zone), Little Hands Learning Center & IV Baby Wearing, I.C. Breastfeeding Coalition, Ronald McDonald House Charities/Red Shoe Day, Girls Scouts San Diego, Center for Family Solutions, Soroptimist International of Calexico, ICOE Migrant program, WIC program, Cancer Resource Center of the Desert, Imperial County Department of Social Services, Imperial County Nutrition Program, Neighborhood House,  Styles & Smiles Beauty Salon, USANA, Mary Kay, Café Colibrí, Golden Canyon, Sweet Things by Lily G., and Artesanos de México.

The sponsorship of the event were: Ireris Design, Famous Dave’s Restaurant, Styles & Smiles Beauty Salon, Johnny Carino’s Restaurant, Cinderella Affect, Attitude Magazine, Patty Hurtado, El Pariente, and I.V. Zumba Fitness.

Also, this event could not have been a success without the help of the volunteers who donated their time. With community support and commitment of all agencies, this event was successful.  Again, thank you everyone.


Adriana Buelna, Project Coordinator

Ventanilla de Salud: Project of Consulado de México en Calexico

Operated by Neighborhood House


SJR 13 urges the Secretary of the United States Department of Energy to halt a proposed outsourcing of 3,450 jobs to Mexico


SACRAMENTO, CA (August 16, 2011) – State Senator Juan Vargas (D-40) introduced Senate Joint Resolution 13, to prevent the loss of $4.5 million in human capital investment in Imperial County, promote independence from imported energy, and uphold California’s labor and environmental standards.


“We can’t sit back and watch thousands of jobs be outsourced to Mexico while Imperial County is experiencing some of the worst unemployment in the United States,” stated Senator Vargas.  “I’m urging our federal government to invest in our local workforce.  Families in Imperial County need these jobs and we should fight hard to keep them!”


SJR 13 would call upon the Secretary of the United States Department of Energy to reject Sempra Energy’s application for a Presidential Permit to construct the Energia Sierra Juarez cross-border transmission line between Mexico and San Diego County, California.


According to a recent study by Dr. Peter Philips entitled, “Should Green Jobs Be Outsourced: A Case Study of Lost Jobs and Lost Opportunities,” this proposal, if approved, would outsource to Mexico 5 years of work for 600 construction workers (3,000 job-years lost), 489 of whom otherwise would be residents of Imperial County, and 111 of whom would travel from other parts of California, Arizona and Southern Nevada to work in Imperial County.  Some of the study’s findings include:


Local impacts:

  • 5 years of lost construction work
  • 3,450 lost job-years overall in Imperial County (2450 construction plus 1,000 spinoff jobs)
  • $4.5 million loss in local human capital investment in Imperial County

Statewide impacts:

  • 9,800 lost job-years in California

National impacts:

  • 15,000 lost job-years in the US. including California


Vargas represents the 40th California State Senate District which includes the southern portion of San Diego County, portions of Riverside County, all of Imperial County and California’s entire US/Mexico border.  Vargas represented the 79th California State Assembly District from 2000 – 2006 and served on the San Diego City Council from 1993 – 2000.


By David Sayen

Some folks may not realize it, but there are actually two ways to get Medicare benefits.

The best-known way is Original Medicare. With Original Medicare, you can choose any doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider you want, as long as they accept Medicare. When you receive medical services or goods, Medicare pays the provider directly.

The other way is Medicare Advantage, which is a form of managed care, like an HMO. Medicare Advantage is provided by private insurance companies approved by Medicare. If you’re in Medicare Advantage, you generally must go to doctors and other providers in the company’s network.

If you go outside the network, you may have to pay more.

On the other hand, Medicare Advantage companies may offer some services – such a dental, hearing, and vision – that Original Medicare doesn’t.

Most people with Original Medicare pay a monthly premium. If you’re in Medicare Advantage, you pay an additional monthly premium to the private insurance company that covers you.

With Original Medicare, you or your supplemental insurance must pay deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance.

To cover these “gaps” in Medicare, some people buy a type of supplemental insurance called Medigap. If you have a Medigap policy, Medicare pays its share of the covered costs, and then your Medigap policy pays its share.

Medigap policies are sold through private companies. All plans offer the same basic benefits but some offer additional benefits. The costs vary between insurance companies – and often cost is the only difference between policies. Some Medigap policies also offer benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t, such as medical care when you travel outside the U.S.

Original Medicare generally doesn’t cover prescription drugs. If you want drug coverage, you can get it through Medicare Part D. Part D policies are sold through private companies approved by Medicare. You have to pay an additional monthly premium for Part D.

Most Medicare beneficiaries choose Original Medicare. But about one-fourth of all beneficiaries now are covered through Medicare Advantage.

Medicare Advantage companies must cover all of the services that Original Medicare covers, except hospice care. (Original Medicare covers hospice care even if you’re in a Medicare Advantage plan.) In all types of Medicare Advantage plans, you’re always covered for emergency and urgent care.

You can join a Medicare Advantage plan even if you have a pre‑existing condition — except for End-Stage Renal Disease. People with ESRD usually are covered through Original Medicare.

Most Medicare Advantage plans include prescription drug coverage. But the plans can charge different out-of-pocket amounts and they have different rules for how you get service.

For example, you may need a referral to see a specialist. And you may need to stay in their provider network, unless you’re willing to pay more to go outside the network.

You should always check with the plan before you get a service to find out whether they’ll cover it and what your costs may be. If the plan decides to stop participating in Medicare, you’ll have to join another Medicare health plan or return to Original Medicare.

How can you decide whether Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage is better for you?

There’s a very good comparison of Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage in the “Medicare & You” handbook. An updated version of “Medicare & You” is mailed to all Medicare beneficiaries every fall.

You can also find “Medicare & You” on our website, If you have any questions, you can always call Medicare’s toll-free number, which is 1-800-MEDICARE.

David Sayen is Medicare’s regional administrator for Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada, and the Pacific Trust Territories. You can get answers to your Medicare questions 24/7 by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or online at


Held on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 to honor all victims and heroes


Los AngelesA “Bikers Helping Veterans” 9/11 West Coast Motorcycle Charity Ride to benefit the new Veterans Home of California in West Los Angeles, will be held on September 11, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Veterans Home located at 11500 Nimitz Avenue in Los Angeles.

The benefit ride is sponsored by Barger and Bartels Harley-Davidson dealerships, the Westside HOG Chapter and participating dealerships – and is the first fundraiser for the Veterans Home of California—West Los Angeles, the largest Veterans Home in Los Angeles County.  The event is being held on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  Victims and heroes of 9/11 will be honored and remembered.

“This will be a wonderful way to remember those men and women in the U.S. Military who sacrifice so much for us every day and to honor those men and women who died on that fateful September day 10 years ago,” said Peter J. Gravett, Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

A patriotic program, flag ceremony, vendors, music, lots of food, raffles and celebrities are all part of the day’s event.  Commemorative t-shirts, caps and pins will also be for sale.  All proceeds will go to the Veterans Home residents’ welfare and recreation fund, and used for such items as electronic and board games; movie, theater or sporting events tickets; arts and crafts; recreational equipment; computers; trips and more — anything that might improve the quality of life for Veterans Home residents.  For an entry form, information on group rides from dealerships, time, route map and directions, please log on to or email

“This benefit ride on Patriot Day is not only a motorcycle ride, but is open to the public for anyone who wishes to honor and help our Veterans and the new Veterans Home of California in West Los Angeles,” said Loretta Hanson, owner of Barger Harley-Davidson co-sponsor of the event.  “A $25 entry fee (for rider pre-registrations or ride-ins or walk-ins) is a donation to the Veterans Home.  All donations are appreciated and all raffle proceeds are donated to the Home.  Please join us and help our Veterans and honor 9/11.”

The Veterans Home of California—West Los Angeles is a newly constructed, stunning 396-bed, long-term care facility located adjacent to the VA Hospital in West Los Angeles.  The Veterans Home provides California veterans with a living environment that protects their dignity and contributes to their feeling of self-reliance and self-worth.

The Veterans Home offers two levels of care that provide continuity in the lives of residents in a homelike atmosphere of dignity and respect: an Assisted Living Unit, now open; and a Skilled Nursing Unit with memory care is estimated to open in 2012.  Amenities include: room and board – three meals plus snacks; medical care and medications; optical care, dental care and podiatry services; transportation services to all medical appointments and off-campus activities; a beauty/barber shop, multi-purpose room; limited banking services; opportunities for worship for all denominations; a modern fitness room and exercise classes; restorative therapy center; libraries; cable television; housekeeping and laundry services; a caring and compassionate staff; a variety of community outings; and an enhanced activity program.

For information on the Veterans Home of California—West Los Angeles, please call toll-free at 877-605-1332 or log on to the CalVet website at

For more information on the 9/11 West Coast Charity Ride “BIKERS HELPING VETERANS,” please log on to or email


The Carnegie Technology Center has been open for 2 1/2 years. With your help, we were able to restore this historic building to its present splendor. Now we need your help to continue to equip it with the latest technology for our children.
Join us for the unveiling of the DONOR WALL and the installation of the Hisetoric plaque.
A donation of $50/person is requested to help
build our Technology Fund
(Tichets are available at Camarena Memorial Library and from Committee members)

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