Justice Department Settles with Sacramento, Calif., Public Library Authority Over Inaccessible “E-Reader” Devices

The Justice Department announced today that it and the National Federation of the Blind have reached a settlement with the Sacramento Public Library Authority in Sacramento, Calif., to remedy alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   The agreement resolves allegations that the library violated the ADA by using inaccessible Barnes & Noble NOOK electronic reader devices in a patron lending program.


Supervisors Approved Final Budget

By Mario Conde

The Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved their final budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13 at their meeting held Monday.

After weeks of budget workshops and departments requesting augmentations the board approved a balanced budget that contemplates no layoffs or furloughs. Anticipated revenues are about $203 million while proposed expenditures are roughly $214 million, according to CEO Ralph Cordova’s report on Monday. He mentioned that $10.7 million was carried over from last fiscal year, leaving a difference of $268,000, Cordova said.

Campo Verde Solar Project Approved by Supervisors

By Mario Conde

The Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved the Campo Verde Solar Project at a meeting held Monday.

The Campo Verde projected approved by the Board is expected to start construction very soon and be completed in 2013, creating about 250 construction jobs. San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) will purchase the project’s output under a 20-year power purchase agreement, which was approved on May 24, 2012 by the California Public Utilities Commission.