Associated Calexico Teachers and the Calexico Unified School District in Hopes of an Agreement

By Mario Conde

Negotiations continue between the Associated Calexico Teachers and the Calexico Unified School District in hopes of an agreement.

Teachers, parents, and students protested on a rally outside the District office and show support to the negotiating team that was going to meet with district officials Monday evening. The Calexico School Board voted to lay off 86 teachers in order to solve budget deficit. The meeting started at 4p.m. Monday and they were still meeting at 6 a.m. Tuesday. The fact-finding meeting ended round 8 a.m.

Another Imperial County Project Dies from Litigation

By Mario Conde

The County Board of Supervisors rescinded the Wind Zero project at their Tuesday meeting since the property went into foreclosure.

The 944-acre facility will have indoor firing ranges and semi-enclosed ranges, including one 300-meter range and mock-up urban environments with street layouts and ten live-fire training houses. The Wind Zero Project was approved by the County Board of Supervisors on January 2010 but groups like the Quechan Tribe, the Sierra Club and the Desert Protective Council sued the County of Imperial.

West Coast Home Base for F-35C Joint Strike Fighter

By Mario Conde

The Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved monetary contribution to the attraction efforts of the Navy’s seven F-35 active duty squadrons and one training squadron.

The U.S. Navy is in the process of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposal to locate a West Coast home base for their new F-35C Joint Strike Fighter. Naval Air Facility El Centro is one of the two alternative sites being considered. Last year the Board approved filing comments on the coping for the Environmental Impact Statement being prepared relative to this project and adopted a Resolution in support of Congressional funding for the JSF program.

Supervisors Support the Creation of a Family Justice Center

By Mario Conde

The County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution giving their full support to the creation of a Family Justice Center.

In 2011, the Imperial County along with five other communities throughout California was selected to receive a Blue Shield of California Foundation-California Family Justice Initiative grant.