El Centro Lawyer Quan Announces Bid For Superior Court Judge Seat

Long time El Centro attorney William Derek Quan has announced his candidacy for Superior Court Judge Seat #3.
Quan opened his law firm in El Centro in 1997 and has practiced locally and throughout Southern California for over 14 years. Quan also has served as an arbitrator for the Imperial County Superior Courts and as a Judge Pro Tem.
“With my legal experience in criminal law, family law, civil litigation, probate, personal injury and juvenile law, I am uniquely prepared to serve as an Imperial County Superior Court judge,” Quan said. “I have the legal background and understanding of the issues facing Imperial County residents to provide fair and balanced justice.”
Quan said he decided to run for Superior Court Judge Seat #3 at the urging of members of the bar, friends and family.
“It is time for the residents of Imperial County to decide on their own who should sit as judge in the Superior Court #3 seat,” he said.
El Centro native Quan graduated from Central Union High School in 1989. He earned a double major in political science and economics from the University of California, Riverside. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego Law School in May 1996, the same year he passed the California State Bar Exam.
Quan and his wife, Isela Orozco Casillas-Quan, have been married for 16 years and have three children. Quan has coached AYSO Youth Soccer for six years and also has coached Little League baseball.

PMHD Announces Results Of Two “Green Effort” Projects

Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District (PMHD) is pleased to announce the results of two of its “green” efforts. The first is a completed project with Imperial Irrigation District (IID), and the second is an ongoing program with Shred-It.
PMHD participated in IID’s Custom Energy Solutions Program. With the support of Johnson Control, PMHD’s facilities maintenance contractor, a customized energy solution unique to the hospital facility was developed and implemented. It included upgrades such as energy-efficient lighting, controls, motors, and refrigeration measures. These upgrades will result in an estimated annual energy savings of 927,331 kilowatt/hours (kWh), an annual demand reduction of 126 kW, and a reduction of 1,409,738 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to the emissions of 125 cars. Along with the annual energy savings, the hospital also received an incentive of $106,540.99. The actions by PMHD exemplify its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and create a greener environment for those it serves.
“It was our pleasure working with Pioneer’s Memorial Healthcare District, one of the major healthcare providers in the Imperial County,” said Sabrina Barber, assistant energy manager. “We take pride in knowing that through Pioneers’ participation in our Custom Energy Solutions Program, we have helped them continue with their mission of providing our community with quality healthcare in a safe and efficient manner while promoting environmental stewardship.”
The second “green” effort by PMHD is an ongoing shredding and recycling program. Initiated to ensure the proper destruction of patient information, the program has garnered the additional benefit of saving 1293 trees from destruction in 2011. Shred-It officials congratulated PMHD for the positive impact this initiative has made toward saving the environment.
“We continue to seek creative methods to ensure a greener environment,” stated Art Mejia, Assistant Administrator. “We continue to be proud of the installation of a photovoltaic solar system in 2008 to help manage rising energy costs. PMHD became one of the first hospitals in the state of California to feature this breakthrough technology,” noted Mejia.

2012 Fair Presale Tickets Available Now

Presale tickets and family value packs are now on sale throughout the Valley for the 2012 California Mid-Winter Fair, which kicks off March 2 with a theme of “Tropical Nights and Carnival Delights.”
They are available at Sonic Burger in El Centro and Calexico; Goyal’s Shell, Brawley; the fair box office and all Rabobank locations in the Valley. Family Value Packs are available at the Mall and the fair box office.
There are several different ways to buy presale fair tickets. The $56 Family Value Packs, a package that consists of two adult and two children’s fair tickets as well as food coupons and 2 carnival WOW wristband coupons, are on sale at the Imperial Valley Mall and fair box office. The actual value of the package is more than $160.
Additionally, Individual presale tickets ($6 adult, $4 child 6-12 and $5 senior 60+) as well as $18 carnival WOW coupons redeemable for carnival wristbands are currently on sale.  All presales, which are savings of up to 25 percent off regular ticket purchase prices and up to 40 percent off carnival coupons, will end March 1.
In addition to the concerts, displays and competitive activities throughout the 10 day run, the year’s fair will feature an expanded carnival and a special “Tropical Wildlife Adventure” in the Preble Building.

Next Up… The 2012 Fair & Fiesta!

With the Holtville Carrot Festival finished this year, our attention now focuses on the 2012 California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta, this year with the theme of “Tropical Nights & Carnival Lights.”
(I’m guessing the fair board is expecting hot, humid weather next month!)
With tribute acts like Journey, Carlos Santana, George Strait and Alabama, along with the mariachi acts on Dia De La Familia, the fair looks to, once again, have something for almost everyone.
Then again, many fair attendees have been complaining about the tribute acts, saying things like that “It’s not the same as the real thing.”
This, of course, is malarkey.
Paying for four or five acts  spread out over the Fair makes more sense than paying for one “big name” act that may not have been relevant in recent years.
More acts, spread over time, means something for everyone instead of banking on big night.
Additionally, a tribute act is much more willing to play a small outdoor arena than a big name act would.
To top it all off, the last “big name” act to show up at the fair, The Guess Who, featured one original member (the bassist).
Let’s not fault the Fair Board for using tribute bands.  We’ll probably have plenty of other reasons to gripe after the 10th, though (just kidding!)