Daily Archives: January 24, 2012

Aircraft Smuggling Operation Disrupted by El Centro Sector Border Patrol

IMPERIAL, Calif. – On January 20, 2012, Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector disrupted a criminal operation that intended to utilize a Cessna airplane as a means to smuggle illegal aliens out of the Imperial Valley.


The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m., when Border Patrol agents conducting surveillance near Imperial, Calif, arrested three illegal aliens after they were dropped off in a vehicle at the Imperial County Airport and attempted to board a Cessna airplane waiting on the runway.

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Small City Population grows from 5,000 to 20,000 for one day

The city of Holtville California is getting ready to transform from the small quaint little city to a city booming with activity. For the last 20 years the Holtville Athletic Club has been organizing a Rib Cook off and which has become the largest single day event in the Imperial County. Over the next few days Samaha Park in Holtville will be transformed form a baseball field to a smoking barbeque paradise. This year’s event is scheduled one weekend prior to the Super Bowl. These Rib Cook-Off promises to be the largest in History. Organizers are preparing for a crowd that will approach 15,000 by reserving 12,000 pounds of fresh pork ribs, and making preparations to serve 250 gallons of Old Fashion homemade ice cream for the single day event.

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I.V. Weekly-Cronicle 01-19-12

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Calexico Planning Commission Approves Ban On Marijuana Dispensaries

By Mario Conde
The Calexico Planning Commission approved an ordinance banning Medical Marijuana Dispensaries this past Monday night.
The approved ordinance would create a total ban on medical marijuana collectives and cooperatives. It would not keep individuals who are qualified from getting medical marijuana, and would not prevent that user from having the assistance of a single other person to help them cultivate marijuana. The ordinance would, however, make any significant sales establishment illegal. Deputy City Attorney, Morton Park, said that this approached could be met with hostility by proponents of medical marijuana.
However, Council has had four public discussions on this topic and few, if any, resident medical marijuana proponents have attended the discussion. On the other hand, he said, this approach will likely not create any problem with the federal government over this issue.
The Calexico City Council studied various options, evaluating other cities; ordinances, evaluating changes in legislation and court cases involving medical marijuana issues. Council gave direction on its August 16th meeting to prepare an ordinance prohibiting dispensaries for the Council’s consideration. City Staff presented an ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries facilities for consideration at the December 6, 2011 Council meeting. The City Council then approved a resolution submitting the proposed Ordinance for review by the Planning Coming as required by California law and Municipal Code when a City seeks to change its zoning codes.
The Council referred to the Planning Commission for review a ban on medical marijuana distribution facilities. By law, this commission must notify the Council of its recommendations and reasons supporting those recommendations. Deputy City Attorney Morton Park gave a presentation to the City Council about regulating medical marijuana.
In 1996, voters approved the Compassionate Use Act which said that a person who had physician’s recommendations for medical marijuana use a primary caregiver who assists that person with cultivating marijuana will be immune from prosecution under California law. Legislation implementing this initiative authorizes people to work cooperatively or collectively to grow marijuana for medical purposes, although it has since been amended so that cities can decide where and whether to allow dispensaries to be located in their boundaries.
The Federal Government, however, has been cracking down on large scale medical marijuana dispensaries, and some United States Attorneys have even threatened to sue or prosecute state or local government officials who actively permit and facilitate distribution of medical marijuana by large-scale dispensaries.
The ordinance passed 5-0 and it now goes to the City Council for final approval.

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