From the daily archives: Tuesday, September 6, 2011

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo facility Friday afternoon, discovered about 2,330 pounds of marijuana in boxes of hot sauce.

 

On September 1 at about 4 p.m., a 39-year-old male Mexican citizen and resident of Tijuana, entered the cargo port driving a 1991 Freightliner tractor, pulling a trailer with cargo manifested as hot sauce.  A CBP officer referred the driver and conveyance for a more intensive examination.

 

Officers ran the tractor trailer through the port’s x-ray imaging system that showed anomalies with the cargo. Officers then unloaded the shipment; they opened the boxes and discovered 123 wrapped packages of marijuana, comingled with bottles of hot sauce.

 

The marijuana has a street value of $1.4 million.

 

The driver was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.  CBP seized the marijuana, tractor, and trailer.

 

 

By Patricia A. Aguilar

Calexico has a new barber shop in town called Bulldog Barber Shop located at 840 imperial Ave #B, next to 7Eleven. The Bulldog Barber Shop is open Monday through Saturday at 9am to 8pm, and is also open on Sundays from 10am to 4pm. The prices are great too, for the first couple of months a regular hair cut will cost you $8, and special designs are an additional seven; they take cash but Debit /Credit is available; their prices will go up, but only a couple of dollars at most.

When you step into the Bulldog Barber Shop you are greeted to the sight of classic black and white chairs, clean work spaces, art on the walls, mirrors, and a large flat screen television with a stereo, movies and an X-Box. All of this is for the customer. Jerry Fregoso a.k.a. G-Pop, the most senior of the barbers, emphasizes that what sets them apart is their customer service. “We want people to feel comfortable and know that this is Calexico’s Barber Shop.” And it shows; customers are welcome to sit and watch a game, a movie, hook-up an i-pods or MP3 player to the stereo or even just sit back and play a game on the X-Box. They have even held raffles with the opening of new sports seasons where every paying customer gets a free ticket for a chance to win; already a Dodger, New York Yankees and a Chargers jersey have been raffled off.

It’s also a great work place for the men and women who work at the Bulldog Barber Shop. Fregoso describes working at the shop is like “…never leaving home. We take care of each other and get along great; it’s like a family here.” Fregoso also emphasized that part of the job he likes the most is the people he works for. “They are the best bosses I have ever had. They are flexible with the hours and really understanding when things come up, really they are the best.” With the hours that these guys work it’s no wonder; where most shops close by five or six o’clock in the afternoon, the Bulldog Barber Shop is still open for business. They understand that some people don’t get out of work until late afternoon and keep their doors open for just those reasons.

And it’s not just the hours or new amenities that will have you going to the Bulldog Barber Shop; it’s the quality of work that will keep you coming back. The box cut that costs extra in most places is standard in their hair cuts, and the shop isn’t for guys alone, ladies you can get a haircut for much less than your average salon. The people at the Bulldog Barber Shop know what they are about and it shows; photos of their work can be found on their Facebook page, and already people are giving rave reviews.

It is clear that the Bulldog Barber Shop is here to stay, and in a town where local businesses are closing, it is a refreshing sight to see.

 

 

Rosie Nava-Bermudez, founder of the Family Tree House, listens as an energy specialist from Synergy Companies explains the energy efficient upgrades that will be installed at the facility.

Imperial Irrigation District has launched a direct-install program to help small, non-residential customers save energy and money. Under this program, at no charge to the IID customer, trained experts conduct an energy assessment at a qualifying facility and install such energy efficient measures as lighting, occupancy sensors and LED exit signs.

The program kicked off at Imperial’s Family Treehouse, a family resource center. IID installed energy efficient lighting, such as hard-wired compact fluorescent light fixtures and T-8 light bulbs.

“We think it’s important that everyone make a commitment to conserve energy—from the supplier to the end user—across all platforms in both the private and public sectors,” said Rosie Nava-Bermudez, founder of the Family Treehouse. “IID and Synergy Companies have helped us stay true to that commitment. At the Family Treehouse, we see the future of the next generation in the eyes of our children. It’s crucial that we make a promise to ‘do better’ for their sake.”

As a result of the energy conservation improvements, the center is expected to save about 2,847 kWh in energy, generating an estimated $370 in annual savings.

“We believe it’s important to foster energy-efficiency practices at all levels, which also helps our customers cut operating costs,” said Sabrina Barber, IID assistant energy manager. “The small commercial sector is traditionally one of the hardest customers to engage in energy efficiency, primarily due to limited finances and technical nature of the upgrades.  A direct-install program overcomes these barriers by providing the upfront costs and technical expertise.”

Each participating customer can receive up to $2,500 in energy efficiency services and measures. IID has partnered with Synergy Companies, a certified contractor, to perform these measures. Qualifying businesses may have already been visited by an energy specialist from Synergy Companies.

Small non-residential customers interested in applying for the program can complete an interest form online at www.iid.com/directinstall or by contacting IID’s Office of Energy Management and Strategic Marketing at (760) 482-3673.

This program is funded through the Public Benefit Charge consistent with AB1890 requirements and administered by the IID.

 

 

California Highway Patrol

El Centro Area

 

Officer Pablo Torrez

(760) 482-2500

 

Imperial Valley

2011 Labor Day Weekend Stats

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

TOTALS

Property Damage Collisions

This Year ‘11

0

2

1

0

3

Last Year ‘10

3

0

0

0

3

Injury Collisions

This Year ‘11

1

0

0

0

1

Last Year ‘10

0

0

0

1

1

11-44

Fatalities

This Year ‘11

0

0

0

0

0

Last Year ‘10

0

0

0

0

0

DUI Arrests

This Year ‘11

2

1

1

0

4

Last Year ‘10

2

0

1

2

5

 

Final Statistics from the CHP El Centro Area for the 2011 Labor Day Weekend.

 

  • No Fatal Traffic Collision Victims (Last 3 yrs ).

 

  • Decrease in DUI arrests.
 

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