Daily Archives: January 3, 2012


As we enter the new year, California motorists should be aware of some of the new laws going into effect January 1, 2012.  These new traffic laws were passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor earlier this year, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is asking the motoring public to familiarize themselves with the changes before they take effect. 
“Our hope is by educating the public of these new traffic safety laws in advance, more lives will be saved in the new year,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.
The following are highlights of a few of the significant changes for the upcoming year:
  • A change to California’s Child Passenger Safety Seat law will now require children to ride in either a car seat or booster seat until the age of eight, or until they reach a height of 4 feet 9 inches.  This law also requires children who do not meet the age or height requirement to ride in the rear seat of a vehicle unless the vehicle has no back seats, the restraint system cannot be properly installed or the rear seats are already occupied by children under age eight.  However, the law still maintains that a child may not ride in the front seat of a vehicle with an active passenger airbag if they are under one year of age, less than 20 pounds, or riding in a rear-facing child safety seat. (SB 929, Evans)
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The El Centro Chamber Welcomes Our Winter Visitors with the 27th Annual Snowbird Breakfast.

The El Centro Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau will host the 27th

Annual Snowbird Breakfast on Saturday, January 14, 2012.  The annual event

welcomes and thanks our winter visitors for choosing the Imperial Valley as their

winter home.

Breakfast will be served from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Stark Field, located at

4th Street & Lenrey Ave. in El Centro. The breakfast is free of charge to any visitor with an

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I.V. Renewable Energy Summit set for March 2012

Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp. has announced that the theme of its 2012 Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit and Expo is “The Power to Renew California.” The fifth annual event will be held March 13-15, 2012. Negotiations are underway to finalize a venue in the Imperial Valley.
“With commercial-scale solar plants now under construction, geothermal facilities already producing more than 500 megawatts of base load power and scores of additional renewable projects being built, permitted or well into the planning process, Imperial Valley is rapidly realizing the promise of renewable energy development that California needs to thrive,” said IVEDC President/CEO Timothy Kelley.
Additionally, Kelley named the committee chairmen and women planning the 2012 Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit that will feature industry expert speakers, a trade show, a networking reception, a banquet and tours of area renewable generators.
Rosa Maria Gonzales, who is with the Imperial Irrigation District, will chair the committee made up of industry insiders. She also will serve on the program subcommittee.
“The goal of the 2012 summit is to focus on both the achievements thus far and challenges of the maturing renewable energy industry in the Imperial Valley,” Gonzales said. “We want to make sure attendees get compelling information and insights along with a taste of Imperial Valley hospitality.”
Also chairing planning committee subcommittees are: Logistics Committee, Robert Brock, Imperial Valley Community Foundation, president and CEO; Education and Bus Tour Committee,Tom Topuzes, Topuzes & Associates, president and CEO; Marketing Committee, Susan Giller, Valley Solutions Group Inc., partner; Finance and Social Media Committee, Eusebio Arballo, SDG&E, public affairs specialist; Program Committee, Mark Gran, CalEnergy Operating Corporation, vice president, real estate assets and community relations; Attendee Relations Committee, Lori Ziebart, Solar
Gen2, consultant; and Golf Committee, Erik Freeman, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, financial representative.
More information about the Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit as well as registration forms, sponsorship information and advertising opportunities in the Renewable Energy Leader edition of the IVEDC magazine, Abundant Opportunities, is available at www.ivedc.com.
IVEDC is a partnership of private enterprise and public agency investors dedicated to improving and diversifying the local economy. Renewable energy development was identified in IVEDC’s strategic plan as one of the region’s growth industry sectors.

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Blue Angels Return to El Centro

By Jim Predmore

The Blue Angels arrived back to NAF El Centro on Tuesday for their winter training. The squadron left from Pensacola Florida at approximately 11:00 am (EST) and arrived just after 12:00 noon (PST) a 3 hour flight across the country. Leaving the cool Pensacola air of 35 degrees and arriving to the pleasant Southern California temperature of 80 degrees.

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