From the daily archives: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 9 PM PST THURSDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY WHICH IS IN EFFECT THURSDAY FROM 9 AM TO 9 PM PST.

* AFFECTED AREA… EASTERN RIVERSIDE COUNTY AND THE NORTHEAST HALF OF IMPERIAL COUNTY.

* TIMING… THURSDAY FROM 9 AM TO 9 PM PST.

* WINDS… FROM THE NORTH 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS… HAZARDOUS CROSS WINDS FOR VEHICLES AND BOATERS. AREAS OF REDUCED VISIBILITY IN BLOWING DUST OR SAND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF BETWEEN 30 AND 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED… OR WIND GUSTS T0 BETWEEN 40 AND 50 MPH. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT… ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. IN ADDITION… STRONG WINDS OVER DESERT AREAS COULD RESULT IN BRIEFLY LOWERED VISIBILITIES TO WELL UNDER A MILE AT TIMES IN BLOWING DUST OR BLOWING SAND. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

 

Pictured above are scholarship presenter Judge Christopher Yeager, recipient Sophia Carillo, and President of the Imperial County Bar Association., Steve Escalera

The Imperial County Bar Association is an organization that includes attorneys and judges practicing locally.  They host monthly luncheons and other fundraising events, such as the one held at the Law Offices of Steve Escalera on December 9, 2011.  But this one was different.  It was at this Member and Client Appreciation Holiday Mixer that the Imperial County Bar Association presented Sophia Carillo with the very first Mock Trial Excellence Scholarship.

Ms. Carillo is a 2009 Brawley High School graduate.  She led her school’s Mock Trial team to the State Competition twice, and was honored with the Outstanding Defense Attorney State Award during her senior year.  She is currently attending the University of San Diego where she is a Sociology and Political Science double major with a minor in Peace and Justice studies.  Ms. Carillo been honored with many awards including the University of San Diego 2011 Class Legacy Award for leadership roles on campus, two state awards for Model United Nations,  and has been named a Harvard John F Kennedy School of Government Public Policy and Leadership Fellow. In the spring of 2012, Ms. Carillo will start an internship with the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division Office of International Affairs in Washington D.C.

The Mock Trial Excellence Scholarship is something that the members of the Imperial County Bar Association continually raise money for.  It is a scholarship for local Mock Trial students who are looking to receive further education in legal studies.  Many of the members of the ICBA are former members of a local Mock Trial team, and continue to help during the competitions by presiding over trials or scoring the students on their abilities. The Imperial County Bar Association hopes to give out five separate scholarships in 2012.

 

The 3rd Annual Toby Erickson Memorial Golf Tournament held Dec. 10 at the Barbara Worth Country Club under perfect skies was again a rousing success enjoyed by 80 Golfers. The first Place Gross winners were the foursome of John Williams, Benji Angulo, Brandon Angulo, and Eric Strahm. 2nd Place Gross winners were Kathleen Emerson, Sam Underwood, Tommy Phillips and Rom Medina.
The 1st place Net winners were Allan and Lorelin Carter, Raul Corona, and Albert “Twisted Taco” Canedo. The 2nd Place Net winners were Art Arroyo, Amanda and Sarah Erickson, and Tim Whitman.
During a lunch of carne asada served by the Country Club staff, over 25 prizes were raffled off which included golf clubs, rounds of golf at well known courses, a BBQ grill and a bevy of other well received gifts.
The Erickson family wants to thank all the players, even those of us who seemed to be playing for the first time, the volunteers, and the many sponsors who helped to make the event a success so we can again award High School Scholarships this June.
A special thanks goes out to Gene Brister and KXO Radio for their tremendous support. A very special thanks to the Barbara Worth Country Club, the very professional and accommodating staff, the excellent food, and especially to the golf pro Blaine Smith and the golf course superintendent.

 

CALEXICO, Calif. – Yesterday, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector arrested three men and seized more than 1,180 pounds of marijuana after conducting two separate vehicle stops.

 

The arrests occurred at approximately 8 p.m., after Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station observed suspicious activity near the Calexico Wal-Mart. Two vehicles were subsequently pulled over by Border Patrol agents with the assistance of the Calexico Police Department. As a result, 16 cellophane wrapped packages of marijuana were discovered.

 

After interviewing the suspects, agents located an additional 89 cellophane wrapped packages of marijuana in a nearby storage unit. In total, over $947,000 worth of marijuana was seized. The three men arrested were identified as U.S. citizens, ages 19, 21 and 28. All suspects were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the vehicles and narcotics.

 

The El Centro Sector Border Patrol encourages the public to report any suspicious activity near the border by calling the following toll-free number: 1-800-901-2003.

 

The City of Holtville has historically regulated animal care through the Holtville Municipal Code. The following municipal code sections, many of which are over 50 years old, summarize key provisions of the City’s laws regarding the proper care of dogs.

7.12.070 Dogs – Number allowed.

It is unlawful to keep more than three dogs over four months of age at any one residence. (Ord. 329 § 3, 1973; Ord. 267 § 11, 1961).

7.04.010 License – Required.

It is unlawful for any person to own or have in his possession any dog in the incorporated limits of the city without first having obtained a license for the dog from the city clerk. (Ord. 267 § 2(a), 1961).

7.04.030 License – Term.

The license shall be issued for a term of one year from the first day of January to the thirty-first day of the succeeding December; provided, however, that the owner or possessor of any dog brought within the city limits, or born subsequent to the first day of January, shall pay only a proportionate part of the fee for the year. (Ord. 267 § 2(c), 1961).

7.04.040 License – Certificate of vaccination required.

Before issuing any license, the city clerk shall require from the owner or possessor of the dog a valid certificate of vaccination. If found correct, a license shall be issued. (Ord. 267 § 2(d), 1961).

7.04.050 Tag required.

The city clerk, upon issuing a license, shall also issue an official license tag. On the same day the tag is issued, it shall be securely fastened by the owner of the dog to a collar, which collar shall, on the day and at all times thereafter, be worn by the licensed dog. Such tag, once fastened to and worn by the dog as above provided, shall be prima facie evidence of the vaccination and licensing of the dog as required in this article and Chapter 7.08 HMC. (Ord. 267 § 2(e), 1961).

 

7.04.070 Running at large prohibited.

It is unlawful for the owner of any dog to suffer, permit, or allow the dog to run at large on any public street, road, alley, park, square, or place, or any vacant or unenclosed lots, or land within the incorporated limits of the city. All dogs shall be deemed running at large within the meaning of this article and Chapter 7.08 HMC unless led or restrained by a chain, strap, or cord attached to their collar, and actually held by a person or made fast to some stationary object. (Ord. 267 § 3, 1961).

7.04.080 Impoundment – Requirement.

Every stray dog, and every dog committing a nuisance, and every dog which is found not to have a license tag attached to its collar, according to the provisions of this article, shall be presumed not to be vaccinated and licensed, and shall be taken up and impounded, or confined, in a safe and comfortable place, properly provided with food and water. Every such dog shall be confined for a period of 72 hours from the date taken up unless sooner redeemed. (Ord. 267 § 4, 1961).

7.04.090 Impoundment – Recovery fees.

Any person having established ownership of any such dog impounded may have the dog released to him by the poundmaster upon paying the fees as charged by the poundmaster; and provided further, that the owner either presents a valid vaccination certificate license or has the dog vaccinated and licensed in accordance with the provisions of this article and Chapter 7.08 HMC. (Ord. 267 § 4, 1961).

7.04.100 Poundmaster charges.

The charges of the poundmaster are placed at the sum of $5.00 per day for each day such dog is impounded. (Ord. 349 § 1, 1976; Ord. 267 § 4, 1961).

7.04.110 Disposal.

Every dog which is not redeemed within 72 hours shall be destroyed by the poundmaster or his assistant, or otherwise disposed of so as to prevent the dog from running at large. (Ord. 267 § 4, 1961).

7.04.180 Running at large prohibited.

No owner shall permit a dog to run at large within the city of Holtville and every owner of a dog shall cause the same to be:

A. Confined to the owner’s property by training, fencing, or leashing and females in heat shall be confined in an enclosure and so kept and confined therein during such entire period and until such dogs shall not attract other dogs on account thereof.

B. While in any public place such as a school, playground, or a park to be on a leash, chain or cord of not more than six feet in length and in the custody of a person of sufficient age to adequately control the dog at all times.

C. While in all other areas such as on a public street or in an automobile, to be in the custody of a person of sufficient age to adequately control the dog at all times, and to have kept said dog under control.

D. Any dog found running at large may be impounded by the city as provided in this article and may be destroyed if not timely redeemed as provided in HMC 7.04.330. (Ord. 446 § 4, 2005; Ord. 267 § 16, 1961).

7.04.190 Leash and control.

The restrictions imposed by HMC 7.04.180 shall not prohibit the appearance of any dog upon the streets or public property when such dog is on a leash and kept under the control of the accompanying person, or when the dog is not on a leash, but is under the immediate and complete control of the person charged with its care, either by voice control or other device. (Ord. 446 § 5, 2005; Ord. 267 § 17, 1961).

7.04.300 Disturbing the peace.

It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep, or have in his/her possession or harbor a dog which, by frequent and habitual howling, yelping, barking or otherwise, shall cause serious annoyance or disturbance to persons or the neighborhood; provided, however, that the provisions of this article shall not apply to duly authorized hospitals or clinics established and operating for the treatment of dogs. No warrant shall be issued except after written notice has been mailed or delivered to the occupant of the premises where such dog is kept or harbored advising that a complaint has been made about the dog and calling attention to the provisions of this article. (Ord. 446 § 16, 2005; Ord. 267 § 28, 1961).

 

These are a summary of key provisions of the City of Holtville’s laws pertaining to animal care. To anonymously report violations of these provisions, or for more information, please call the City of HoltvilleOltvilleH at 760-356-2912.

 

 

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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

760-336-1880 cel

 
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