From the monthly archives: September 2011

By: Nydia Garcia
Chapter Reporter

    Holtville FFA kicked off the year inspiring their members along with their community to “Be the Seed to Success”. Knowing how intimidating entering high school can be, the officer team hosted a Greenhand Ice Cream Social. At the social, the first year members officially met their chapter officers and learned all about what the FFA had to offer while cooling off and enjoying ice cream sundaes with friends.
Following the social, the officer team held a chapter pool party to welcome back all members to another school year at Holtville High School. The pool party was a success as members had fun while splashing around in the pool and partaking in a competitive volleyball tournament. With a feeling of accomplishment and determination, the Holtville officer team and their advisors are excited for the coming year.


Imperial Valley Weekly – Calexico Chronicle 9-29-11


Anne Irigoyen

Aimee Walker

Tori Ward

Soroptimist International of Holtville held the first program meeting of the new year this past Tuesday.  Three new members were installed for the 2011-2012 year.  Joining the Soroptimist Club this year are Tori Ward, Aimee Walker, and Anne Irigoyen.  The club will be installing two more members at their next program meeting.


President Betty Predmore gave a report on her attendance at the District III Presidents’ Meeting and shared some thoughts and ideas with the club.  Holtville Soroptimist is currently working on their annual Soroptimist Calendar sales and will be moving into the Poinsetta sale prior to the Christmas holiday.  The club is also in the planning stages for the annual Margarita/Football Fiesta, which will be held this year on Thursday, November 10th as the San Diego Chargers take on the Oakland Raiders.  Tickets for that event will be on sale in the near future.


Any women interested in learning more about Holtville Soroptimist and their efforts in the community are invited to attend a meeting.  Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at noon at the Holtville Women’s Club on the corner of 6th and Fern.


The City Council of the City of Holtville will convene the second of three strategic planning meetings on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 6pm at the Civic Center, which is located in City Hall at 121 W. Fifth Street, Holtville.

This meeting will provide an opportunity for the community to address the City Council and discuss their goals and aspirations for the community.

There will be an opportunity for public input at the meeting. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in this process.

A previous Strategic Planning Meeting was conducted on September 21, 2011.


For more information please contact Alex Meyerhoff, City Manager, at 760-356-4574.

City of Holtville

121 W. 5th Street

Holtville, CA 92250

760-356-4574 office


By Mario Conde

The County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing this past Tuesday for the closeout and acceptance of activities completed under a CDBG Grant.

Esperanza Colio, Imperial County Community and Economic Development Manager presented the Board of Supervisors a report about CDBG funding given to the County to provide housing rehabilitation to low income households in the townsites of Seeley and Niland. In 2007, the County entered into an agreement with the California Department of Housing and Community Development in the amount of $500,000 with a local match of $50,000.

The County began promoting the program to families in Seeley and Niland. A number of families were identified for housing rehabilitation projects, however, due to the mortgage foreclosure crisis and the increasing unemployment rate in the Imperial County, all these families opted not to continue with their housing rehabilitation projects.

“Most of these families felt that incurring any type of loan would not be a wise decision due to the current economic crisis.” Colio said.

In 2009, the department submitted a request for a grant extension because the grant was set to expire. The extension was not approved until December 2009, which placed a hold on any activities for this program. This delay, Colio said, caused the potential applicants to lose interest on this program.

Also in response to the 7.2 earthquake last year, the County applied for and was subsequently awarded $1.5 million in funding through the emergency assistance CalHome program. Since CalHome was a more advantageous program due to the fact that it was a 10 year deferred forgivable loan, eligible families opted for this program instead of the CDBG housing rehabilitation amortized loan program. A total of four families supplemented the costs of reconstruction of their homes with funds from CalHOME thus reducing the number of funds expended with the CDBG grant.

Over the course of the grant, department staff worked with a total of 14 families, and provided 3 housing rehabilitation loans. Additionally, department staff worked continuously with HCD representatives on possible alternatives to make the program more appealing to clients. Unfortunately, due to the unstable housing market the majority of the clients decided not continue with their projects. Therefore, the County was unable to expend all funds and will be disencumbering $387, 811.00 in CDBG funds.

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