From the monthly archives: October 2011

By Mario Conde

The County Board of Supervisors approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the County Department of Child Support Services and IVROP.

Since July of this year, DCSS provided support to IVROP in its efforts to seek federal funding for two programs from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance. The applications for that funding were approved. IVROP is one of the few agencies nationwide that were approved to receive grants for healthy marriage and community-centered responsible fatherhood programs.

Gustavo Roman, Director of DCSS, said that over the next three years, IVROP will receive $800,000 each year for each project, for a total of $4.8 million dollars. It is projected that Project Juntos and Project Padres will serve over 200 fathers and 300 couples who have active child support cases within Imperial County. To accomplish this goal, IVROP will receive referrals from DCSS to help fathers who are receiving public assistance, those who are delinquent in their child support payments and other fathers who were previously incarcerated. IVROP will provide services for building healthy marriages by teaching relationship and parenting skill, conflict resolution, financial management and job or career and advancement.

In other news, the board approved and authorized a contribution of $10,000 to The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation for the Mega-Region economic development strategy. The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation was awarded a grant from the United States Department of Commerce –EDA— to develop a mega-region economic development strategy with focus on business expansion.

The Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation has requested that the Imperial County Workforce Development Board join this initiative by contributing a total of $10,000 to further its development. The Workforce Development Board has recommended the Imperial County approve the contribution in Workforce Investment Funds toward the overall cost.

 

By Mario Conde

The Calexico Planning Commission began analyzing the new zoning ordinance update at their Monday meeting.

The proposed Zoning Ordinance Update creates limited new zones and revises land use regulations to improve consistency with 2007 updated General Plan. Land uses authorized by a City’s zoning ordinance must be compatible with the objects, policies, general land uses, and programs specified in the general plan. In addition, several new legislative actions have occurred over the past several years that must be incorporated into a city’s Zoning Ordinance to adhere to the current land use laws of the State of California.

The City’s General Plan was updated in 2007 and was analyzed in a programmatic EIR that assessed the environmental impacts resulting from the development of land uses and implementation of policies established by the General Plan. The Zoning Ordinance Update is intended to implement the new land uses and policies established by the General Plan. The existing Zoning Ordinance was adopted by the City in 1992. The City’s General Plan was updated in 2007 and was analyzed in a programmatic EIR that assessed the environmental impact resulting from the development of land uses and implementation of policies established by the General Plan. The Zoning Ordinance Update is intended to implement the new land uses and policies establish by the General Plan.

The Calexico Planning Commission and the Calexico City Council had a joint session two months ago to discuss the updates on city ordinances. They heard a presentation by Brian Mooney, Analytical Environmental Services Southern California regional director. Mooney proposed changing zoning names in Downtown Calexico and also discussed changes that could be made at Cesar Chavez Blvd in the advent of the Calexico Grand Plaza Outlet Center development that will go the planning commission soon and its later construction. The Grand Plaza project was continued by the planning commission early this month in order for the engineers of the project to work on the traffic mitigations on Cesar Chavez Blvd. City staff said that the project would come back in January but there is a good chance that the final approval of the project could come next month.

The Planning Commission opened the public hearing to hear the voices for and against the new zoning update proposal. The hearing will be continued to a later date when Brian Mooney makes a presentation to the Planning Commission and the board will make its final approval.

 

In Letter to the President, Senators Call for Easy-to-Understand Advice for Homeowners on How They Can Refinance at a Lower Rate

 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) today praised the Administration’s announcement of new steps to help homeowners refinance and urged President Obama to make sure homeowners receive clear, easy-to-understand guidance so they can determine if the new rules will help them qualify to refinance at today’s historically low interest rates.

 

In a letter to President Obama, Senators Boxer and Isakson wrote, “We encourage your Administration to act swiftly to implement the refinancing plan, and to do so in a way that will make it simple for the millions of eligible homeowners to find out if they qualify and what they have to do to lower their payments.”

 

The reforms announced yesterday by President Obama and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) are aimed at helping the millions of borrowers with non-delinquent Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac-backed mortgages. The changes include eliminating risk-based fees on loans for which Fannie and Freddie already bear the risk and removing refinancing limits on underwater properties.

 

Senators Boxer and Isakson have been urging the administration to take these steps, which they proposed as part of their bipartisan Helping Responsible Homeowners Act.  Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, has estimated that the changes could help an additional 1.6 million homeowners refinance by the end of 2013.  By refinancing at today’s low rates, the average homeowner – with a $150,000 loan – could save $1,600 a year.

 

The full text of the letter follows:

 

 

The President

The White House

Washington, DC 20500

 

Dear President Obama:

 

We are very pleased that you have moved forward with efforts to expand refinancing opportunities for American homeowners with a policy that draws from our bipartisan Helping Responsible Homeowners Act.

 

Yesterday’s announcement means that responsible homeowners who have continued to pay their mortgages every month despite falling home values will be able to refinance at historically low rates. These changes not only will help homeowners and stabilize neighborhoods, they also will give a boost to the economy as homeowners will have more money to spend in their communities.

 

We encourage your Administration to act swiftly to implement the refinancing plan, and to do so in a way that will make it simple for the millions of eligible homeowners to find out if they qualify and what they have to do to lower their payments.

 

We will continue to work with your Administration to take further steps to stabilize the housing market, which is so critical to our nation’s economic recovery.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Barbara Boxer                                                             Johnny Isakson
United States Senator                                                 United States Senator

 

 

 

cc:        Timothy Geithner, Secretary, United States Department of the Treasury

Shaun Donovan, Secretary, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

Gene Sperling, Director, National Economic Council

Edward DeMarco, Acting Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency

 

Holtville Tribune 10-21-11

 

CITY OF BRAWLEY

PRESS RELEASE

Date: October 18, 2011                                                                                   Contact: Yazmin Arellano

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              (760) 344-5800

 

NOTICE OF REDUCED WATER PRESSURE

City of Brawley will be temporarily reducing water pressure to its residents from 9:00 PM, Wednesday, October 26, 2011 through 4:00 AM, October 27, 2011.  Residences located between Western Avenue and North Imperial Avenue, and between A Street and H Street will experience disruption of water services.

In order to minimize the impact on Brawley Residents, City crews are coordinating the replacement of a water pipeline during evening hours when water demands are lowest.  Completion of the water line replacement will require that all water pressure in the affected area be reduced for several hours while crews bring the new pipeline into service.

The work will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 9:00 PM through Thursday, October 27, 2011, 4:00 AM.

For further information, Contact the Department of Public Works at (760) 344-5800.

 
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