From the daily archives: Thursday, November 3, 2011


No on Measures M, N & O

I’m voting No on all three measures to cut out the utility tax and here’s why: Each one of these contemplates getting rid of a tax that is absolutely necessary to the basic functions of this City.  In the past year, the revenue from the utility tax made up approximately a quarter of the general fund.  Resources are already stretched thin and held under a microscope to provide City residents the services we want and need.  This is not a situation where there is fat to cut from.

Moreover, even a primary backer of the movement to get rid of the utility tax has shifted his support from one of the measures to another.  This little batch of conflicting measures has become a convoluted mess that seriously threatens to pull the City into costly litigation.  That is certainly not how our resources should be spent.

There is now a movement in effect to vote No on all three measures and I absolutely support that.

–Bianca Padilla Legaspi


Ocotillo, CA. – Yesterday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Station arrested an illegal alien with extensive criminal history and an outstanding arrest warrant for felony charges.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:25 a.m., when Border Patrol agents working near Ocotillo apprehended six Mexican nationals attempting to enter the U.S. illegally from Mexico. All six illegal aliens were transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station where agents discovered that one of the group members had an outstanding warrant for assault with a deadly weapon and murder.

The suspect is identified as 48-year-old Raul Ramirez-Perez, a citizen of Mexico with felony assault and murder charges from 2005 out of Montrose County, Colorado. Perez has previously been deported from the U.S. He was turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office where he awaits extradition by the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office.


I.V.Weekly-Chronicle 11-3-11

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