Calexico Unified School District will present the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13

By Mario Conde

The Calexico Unified School District will present the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13 to be reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees today.

In the written report given by CUSD Superintendent Richard Fragale, he states that the estimated total ending General Fund Balance at June 30, 2012, is $14,086,001. The unrestricted ending fund balance is estimated at $8,664,387.65, which is 16% of the General Fund expenditures.

Army Sergeant and Associate Convicted on All Counts for Roles in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme Related to Defense Contracts to Support Iraq War

To Date, 19 Individuals Have Pleaded Guilty or Been Convicted at Trial in Ongoing Corruption Investigation

WASHINGTON – A federal jury in Elkins, W. Va., convicted Richard Evick, a U.S. Army Sergeant First Class and Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of contracting at a U.S. military base in Kuwait, and his associate, Crystal Martin, of all counts with which they were charged in connection with a bribery and money laundering scheme related to defense contracts awarded in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Pregnant Visitor Arrested for Introducing $75,000 worth of Methamphetamine into Desert Area Maximum Security Prison

On Sunday, June 24, 2012, at approximately 1045 hours the Calipatria State Prison C Visiting Floor Officer observed visitor Marisa Griselda Perez, DOB 12/4/1990 from Inglewood CA,  who was visiting with her friend Inmate Alexander E. Pleitez, (DOB 12/24/1975, incarcerated for Murder 1st, LWOP) was observed to have a bag of corn nuts in the C Visiting Room.  The vending machines in visiting do not contain corn nuts for purchase.  Visiting and Investigative Services Unit (ISU) staff approached and separated them conducting a search of the inmate and the visitor.  The bag was confiscated and 19 bindles of what tested positive for methamphetamines was discovered on Mrs. Perez.  The bindles weighed a total of 50 grams estimated to be $75,000.00 worth of drugs in a maximum security prison.  Information leads CAL staff to suspect Inmate Pleitez swallowed two bindles of the contraband was placed on Contraband Surveillance Watch to retrieve the evidence from his bowl movements.
 
Visitor Mrs. Perez was arrested by on duty ISU staff and transported to the Imperial County Jail for processing and charged with Introduction of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Distribution.  Imperial County Jail Deputies were advised that Mrs. Perez admitted to being approximately six months pregnant.
Calipatria State Prison houses 3847 inmates, over 1900 are serving life sentences and 564 are serving life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) .   On Sunday 6/24/2012, 271 adults and 79 minors entered Calipatria State Prison to visit with inmates.
Inmates serving a life sentence have little to lose, the individuals that introduce contraband to the institution have much to lose.

County to Apply for EDA Funds

By Mario Conde

The Imperial County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to apply for EDA funding for various economic development projects in the valley.

On June 1, 2012, Community and Economic Development received an invitation to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration under the Economic Development Assistance Program Partnership Planning funds in the amount of $70,000. Per grant application, the County is required to provide a local cash match of $17,500. Historically, EDA grants have provided the County of Imperial with funding to perform various economic development planning activities.

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It’s Summertime!

WALMART IS UNDER ATTACK ONCE again for its controversial ways. Now the Asian community in Los Angeles doesn’t want theme establishing stores throughout its sprawling are and bring with them low paying, minimum wage jobs that keep people on the bottom of the earnings scale.
I find this ironic in that Wal-Mart is a store that mass markets to lower income people with lower prices on its goods and services. And it is being criticized by people who would probably benefit form those prices.
However, when it comes to contributing to the overall economy of an area, Wal-Mart has a reputation of staying on the low end of the scale and getting the most it can out of its workers without paying top dollar.
Some people think they are purposely keeping other people poor and their presence can speed the departure of smaller businesses that provide better paying jobs to the community.
It reminds me of protests that were raised when Wal-Mart announced the construction of a super center in Calexico about 10 years ago. Merchants in downtown Calexico. They were led by Joe Moreno and merchants in that area closed early on council day. Then they marched to City Hall to protest the establishment of this giant retailer.
Have they had much impact? Yes. The number of grocery stores in the city have dwindled to a handful while
Walmart food business has spired upward.New stores sprung up around Wal-Mart but there are plenty of empty spaces in those centers as there around the rest of Cole Road.
Whose to blame? Who knows? But people are tired of being pushed into poverty by greedy corporations that shut out the individual and make huge profits at the expense of the working man.
A class war is brewing in this country with a lingering recession.
Those at the top of the corporate food chain should take note before the whole thing boils over.
IT’S SUMMERTIME! Time for the Heatstroke golf tournament. Anybody wishing to go out and play golf when the temperature is pushing 114 degrees deserves a special recognition. Such an event was tried a few year ago, but I think the heat got to the organizers. Some things are just too hot to handle. In addition to sun screen and gallons and gallons of iced tea, you’ll need protective clothing, some iced rags for the back of your neck and a special cooler to put your clubs in.
Nothing like grabbing a warm putter on a hot day! You would probably need gloves on both hands.
You can get up early and go out at the crack of dawn or you can and bake.
Or if you are like me you can stay home, play video golf on your computer, think about playing on a mild day and still drink plenty of iced tea.
SPEAKING OF GOLF I always have to get a few words in about my favorite sport, even if it is too hot to play this time of year.
A year ago I was commenting on “pudding-faced” Rory McIlroy who was taking the PGA by storm and was touted by some as the new Tiger Woods.
We all want out heroes, it would seem. Rory, hasn’t lived up to the hype and finished way down the leader board in the U.S. Open.
There really isn’t a superstar in sight on the tour these days with so many golfers playing at the top of their games. Hot streaks are going to be the order of the day and losing just one stroke can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. Tiger, meanwhile, didn’t live up to the hype either following his first win in two years on the tour at the The Memorial. He gave it a good shot for two rounds, but cracked under the pressure in the third round. He slipped even more the next day and took a long back seat to virtual unknown Webb Simpson.
It’s always that way with the U.S. Open, however. It’s not a superstar who wins, it’s always somebody you don’t see coming, sneaks in on the last day to steal the trophy form some of the big names.
Nobody even mentioned Simpson until the last few holes of play. And then he meticulously jumped in front for the win on the 18th.
Tiger will probably have to be content with winning or finishing high in a few tournaments each year. And work hard to get another major event in his pocket.
The fire he used to display isn’t there the way it used to be. It was win at all costs. Now its more like win if I can get up for it. wining $59 million in one season does that to you. So does four operations on your knee and a breakneck style of play that may have done him in.
WE’RE ALMOST TO THE FOURTH OF JULY. Enjoy the weekend, but remember you can’t shoot off fireworks in Imperial County anymore. You can still watch them, though at the annual Freedom Fest at IVC.
If you feel like shooting off a few of them, go across the border to Mexico. You can still make lots of noise over there and not get fined for it.
Enjoy the Fourth and enjoy the freedom accorded us in this great country of ours.
Peace.