Daily Archives: December 13, 2011

CBP in Southern California: Narcotics Seizures Up, Illegal Entry Apprehensions Down for FY2011

— U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Southern California seized more than 158 tons of narcotics and stopped more than 100,000 attempts to enter the country illegally during federal fiscal year 2011.


The federal fiscal year 2011 (FY2011) runs from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011, and the totals above for CBP in Southern California include statistics from the CBP Office of Field Operations San Diego Field Office, the U.S. Border Patrol San Diego Sector, and the U.S. Border Patrol El Centro Sector.

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The California Highway Patrol (CHP) urges motorists to avoid distractions behind the wheel
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The holiday travel season is in full swing and the roads are crowded
with vehicles. If that wasn’t challenging enough, add to it the occasional winter storm. With so
much happening outside of the vehicle, the CHP is unleashing a traffic safety campaign
reminding motorists to focus on driving, and worry about all the other distractions after they
have safely arrived at their destination.
“There are so many drivers who understand the dangers of distracted driving and focus their
attention on the road instead of responding to a phone call or text message,” said CHP
Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Unfortunately, many drivers still don’t understand the hazards, yet
statistics has shown that traffic collisions caused by distracted driving are on the rise. This
campaign focuses on these individuals.”
Distracted driving is one of the leading contributors to collisions and near-collisions. According
to the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, in 2009, California drivers age 20
years or older were involved in more than 23,000 collisions within CHP jurisdiction in which
inattention was documented as an associated factor.
“The CHP urges drivers to stay focused on the primary task of driving,” added Commissioner
Farrow. “Through education and enforcement, we are dedicated to curb this dangerous
The yearlong, grant-funded Adult Distracted Driving II campaign consists of an education
component, as well as several distracted driver enforcement operations throughout the state. By
the end of the grant, Sept. 30, 2012, a minimum of 50 distracted driving enforcement operations
will have been conducted, and at least 20 traffic safety presentations completed.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety
through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Calexico Planning Commission approved the Palazzo Specific Plan

By Mario Conde

The Calexico Planning Commission unanimously approved the Palazzo Specific Plan at the regular Monday meeting.

The project approved last Monday proposes to ultimately construct 1,207 residential units, parks space, open areas/pedestrian linkages, a mixed use village, and streets/right-of-way. Also, a landscape retention basin is proposed along the north side of the boundary. The Palazzo Community is a project presented by Westmount Properties and it’s a 165 acre project South of Jasper Road, North of the Central Main Canal and East of Meadows Road. Westmount Properties owner, Steve Hyman, said that this project has been in the works since 2006 and this project will be beneficial for the City of Calexico and its residents.

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Calexico Planning Commission approved the long awaited De Anza II

By Mario Conde

The Calexico Planning Commission approved the long awaited De Anza II housing project for low income senior citizens.

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