From the monthly archives: May 2012

By Mario Conde

The Calexico School Board will consider the layoff of classified staff at today’s regular meeting.

The Board of Trustees of the Calexico Unified School District has given consideration to the District’s budget, expenses, and staffing needs projected for the 2012-2012 school years.

The district said in its agenda backup information that the due to the lack of work and/or lack of funds, the Board of Trustees had determine that the best interest of the District would be served by the elimination/reduction in services, classified employees will be subject to layoff for lack of work and/or funds.

The position to be eliminated will be one Project Office Assistant, Migrant Office Assistant, Migrant Parent Liaison, nine ASES Parent Liaison Positions, eight ASES Campus Security Positions, one ASES Campus Security Position, and one District Service Assistant.

The board will also vote to ratify the tentative agreement between the District and the Associated Calexico Teachers. The District and the ACT met in a 15 hour fact-finding meeting earlier this month where they finally came to an agreement after months of disagreements on both sides regarding the budget. Calexico teachers voted two weeks ago and ratify the agreement and will now go to the Board for final approval.

The Calexico School Board Meeting will take place today at 6:00 p.m. at the Cesar Chavez Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room located at 1251 E. Zapata St.

 

Convenes First California-Jiangsu Joint Economic Committee

 

SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown’s Senior Advisor on jobs and business development Mike Rossi today hosted a Chinese delegation led by Vice Governor of the Jiangsu Province, Fu Ziying. Rossi and Ziying also convened the inaugural Joint Economic Committee between California and Jiangsu to discuss increased collaboration, trade and investment between our two regions.

 

“Today is an opportunity to bring our two economies closer together,” said Rossi. “California and Jiangsu already maintain a strong trade and investment partnership and we are committed to strengthening our economic ties with China through increased collaboration.”

 

In February 2012, Governor Brown met with Secretary Luo Zhijun, Jiangsu’s highest ranking official, in Los Angeles during a Chinese delegation trip to California. Governor Brown also met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and discussed the importance of collaboration between California and China. Today’s joint economic committee meeting will advance the partnership between California and China in areas including promoting tourism, increasing two-way trade and investment, developing new energy resources, promoting innovations in science, technology and biomedical; strengthening education, and more.

 
 

CALEXICO, Calif. – On Tuesday, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station seized 238 pounds of marijuana with the help of Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS).

 

The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m., after agents operating the (RVSS) observed two subjects attempting to swim across the All American Canal, each towing a large backpack.  Both subjects appeared to be having difficulty swimming and towing their backpack; one subject finally abandoned his pack and swam to the north bank of the canal.  Agents safely apprehended both subjects and recovered the three backpacks filled with bundles of marijuana.

 

Both men Mexican citizens’ ages 39 and 47 are present in the U.S. illegally.  The packages of marijuana weighed approximately 238 pounds with an estimated street value of $190,800 dollars. Border Patrol agents transferred the illegal aliens and marijuana to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

The El Centro Border Patrol’s “See Something, Say Something” Campaign is a simple and effective program to increase the safety and welfare of the Imperial Valley by bringing public awareness to the indicators of crime and other threats.  The community plays a key role keeping our country safe by identifying and reporting suspicious or criminal activity.  We encourage Imperial Valley residents to report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.

 
Two of Imperial Irrigation District’s programs that assist income-qualified customers with paying their electric bill have recently been updated.
Under IID’s residential energy assistance program (REAP), which provides a discounted rate to income-qualified customers on their electric bills, the discount rate will be 20 percent starting with the June bills.
Additionally, under the district’s emergency energy assistance program (EEAP), which helps customers who face disconnection due to nonpayment, assistance will be available more frequently.
Under EEAP, customers qualifying for emergency assistance can now receive pledges up to $125 toward their electric bill four times a year (once each quarter). Previously, emergency energy assistance was available in the summer ($200) and winter ($150).
“The changes to the emergency energy assistance program increase the assistance our customers can receive throughout the year and, by offering assistance quarterly, could assist them in budgeting,” said Mario Escalera, manager of Operations and Infrastructure. “The updates are really about IID’s effort to reach more people who can benefit from our assistance programs.”
The changes to the emergency assistance program became effective in May.
 
About the programs
For both the REAP and EEAP programs, customers must qualify according to income. To qualify for EEAP, customers must be enrolled in REAP. Other restrictions apply.
The income guidelines are as follows for REAP:
Number in Household           Maximum Annual Household Income
1-2                                          $25,742.50
3                                              $32,427.50
4                                              $39,112.50
5                                              $45,797.50
Each additional person          $  6,685.00
REAP also provides a 30-percent discount for qualifying account holders who are 65 years in age or older. REAP senior customers must reapply every two years; non-senior customers must reapply for REAP annually.
For more information on these programs, contact IID’s customer service center at 1-800-303-7756 or 1-760-339-9032
 
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