Author Victor Villaseñor visits Calexico

By Patricia A. Aguilar

It was a cold night at San Diego State University in Calexico, but not even the cold could keep people away from meeting author Victor Villaseñor.


Students, parents and other members of the community all gathered at SDSU-IV Library to listen, some for the first time, to author Victor Villaseñor speak. Best known for his New York Bestseller ‘Rain of Gold’, Villaseñor has penned many other great works that include his memoir ‘Burro Genius’ and the follow up to ‘Rain of Gold’ ‘Thirteen Senses’.  Recently his latest book ‘Lion Eyes’, that released this year, has already been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.


PRESENTED BY PEPPERIDGE FARM Flavor Blasted Goldfish Crackers

On Saturday, November 5, 2011 the Calexico Recreation Department hosted a local competition at the De Anza Gym.  Local youngsters between the ages 7-12 had the opportunity to participate in this National skills program.  This program provides boys and girls, competing separately, a free opportunity to showcase their fitness through a dribbling, passing and shooting skills competition in the sport of basketball. 

Calexico Proposed Ordinance Banning Medical Marijuana Distribution Facilities.

By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council adopted a resolution requesting Planning Commission to report on and make recommendation on a proposed Ordinance Banning Medical Marijuana Distribution Facilities.

At its May 18, 2010 meeting, the City Council passed Ordinance 1116A a moratorium on medical marijuana distribution facilities in the City of Calexico. This Council has subsequently adopted ordinances 1116 and 1130 extending this moratorium. The moratorium is set to expire in Mid-May of 2012. The purpose for passing a moratorium was to study what approach the City wished to take in addressing medical marijuana dispensaries.

Proposals Sought For 2012-13 IID On-Farm Fallowing Program

Imperial Irrigation District has opened the solicitation process for the 2012-13 fallowing program. Applications are now being accepted and must be received by the IID water manager’s office no later than noon on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 (extended deadline).
Information about the fallowing program has been mailed to all landowners and water users. This information and application forms are available on the IID website at
Fields selected to participate will be paid to lie fallow from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013, during which time no water can be delivered to the contracted field. An early start option may also be available, with an associated payment modification based on the actual fallowed period and conservation yield calculation.
The fallowing program is necessary to generate the water needed for the Quantification Settlement Agreement, the mitigation requirements of the Salton Sea and to pay back previous overuse or inadvertent overruns of IID’s annual Colorado River water entitlement. The implementation of on-farm and system efficiency conservation measures to replace fallowing are anticipated to begin in 2013.
For further information, please call the fallowing hotline at 760.339.9898.

County Approves Letter To Senator Boxer Over Transportation Bill

By Mario Conde
The County Board of Supervisors approved a letter to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in regards to funding concerns about a recent Transportation Reauthorization Bill.
County CEO Ralph Cordova stated at Tuesday’s regular meeting the U.S. Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee recently approved the transportation reauthorization bill entitled, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), representing a first step toward renewing federal highway programs. Cordova said that MAP-21 in its current form demonstrates consistent goals and funding levels that would have a positive affect within the County of Imperial, however, it fails to retain the dedicated funding for the Coordinated Border Infrastructure Program.
“Although CBIP-related projects would be retained as eligible activities under MAP-21’s new Transportation Mobility Program, there would be no guarantee that the State would provide funding to the County for these essential projects.” Cordova said.
The County urged the Committee to include provisions in MAP-21 that would allow the State of California and local transportation agencies to carry out the federal environmental review responsibilities for highway projects through implementation of the California Environmental Quality Act. Such an initiative would help to accelerate the delivery of transportation projects in California and would build upon the State’s successful implementation of the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Pilot Project Program.
County Chairman Jack Terrazas stated in his letter to Boxer that this bill is very important since the County’s unemployment rate topping 30 percent, a multi-year transportation bill with adequate financing would go a long way toward maintaining and creating critically needed jobs in local community. Terrazas stressed the importance of  border infrastructure and expansion since delays happening at the border make the County lose millions of dollars annually.
“Without dedicated funding for the CBIP, ports of entry in Imperial County and other border counties will be hard pressed to undertake infrastructure expansions.” Terrazas said.