Protect Yourself and Your Family from the Current West Nile Virus Outbreak

As of September 4, 2012, 87 deaths caused by West Nile Virus have been reported in the United States. There have been 1,993 cases of West Nile Virus in people, with 70 percent of those cases occurring in six states: Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michigan.

Forty-eight states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes.

Geothermal Regulatory Streamlining Bill by Pérez Signed into Law

First bill signed helps provide “green resources for the green economy”
(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) proudly announces that his regulatory streamlining bill AB 2205 was signed into law on Friday afternoon by Governor Jerry Brown.  This is the first of Pérez’s seven bills from the 2012 session to receive a signature.
Relating to lithium extraction in geothermal technologies, AB 2205 (Chapter 253, Statutes of 2012) will help spur business creation in new industries tied to geothermal energy.  The new law makes a regulatory clarification so that existing regulations applying to geothermal plants also apply to new clean processes that extract beneficial materials from geothermal brine in closed loop systems at these plants.  These processes did not exist when the regulatory framework for geothermal energy was developed, resulting in ambiguity that has impeded the build out of this emerging industry.
 “This new law helps provide green resources to build out the green economy,” said Pérez. “By supporting new technologies, we can promote business development that taps the related benefits of the geothermal energy that is so abundant in our state, particularly in Imperial County, and keep our state on a path to meet its environmental and economic development goals.”
 Lithium is an important element needed for the production of electric vehicle batteries and other energy storage technologies, the production of which helps meet the state’s emission reduction and electric vehicle goals while encouraging business development in this field.  By clarifying the code to reflect technological advances to extract lithium, the State of California will be positioned to be a major producer of this valuable element.
Pérez is the chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy and also serves as chair of the Select Committee on the Renewable Energy Economy in Rural California.

Former Director of International Liaison for the Baja California Attorney General’s Office in Custody Following a Guilty Plea for RICO Conspiracy

United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that today United States District Court Judge William Q. Hayes sentenced Jesus Quinonez-Marquez, the former Director of International Liaison for the Baja California Attorney General’s Office, to serve 97 months in custody following a guilty plea to participating in a federal racketeering (RICO) conspiracy. After completing his custodial sentence, Quinonez-Marquez will be deported to Mexico and placed on a three-year term of supervised release. In his plea agreement, Quinonez-Marquez admitted that he corruptly used his official position within the Baja California Attorney General’s Office to further the criminal activities of the criminal enterprise controlled by Fernando Sanchez-Arellano (the FSO). Specifically, Quinonez-Marquez admitted to using his position as a lawyer at the Attorney General’s Office to provide information to FSO members to avoid apprehension and prosecution for a double homicide which occurred in Tijuana, Mexico, on March 25, 2010, and to conspiring to launder $13 million dollars on behalf of the FSO.

San Diego Customs Border Protection Officer Arrested by Border Corruption Task Force Agents

Daphne Hearn, Special Agent in Charge of the San Diego FBI Office, and Chris Maston, Director of Field Operations, Customs Border Protection (CBP,) announce the arrest of CBP Officer Thomas Silva, age 33, a nine-year veteran with the CBP. Silva was arrested on Friday, September 7, 2012, at approximately 8:30 a.m., at the San Ysidro Port of Entry (SYPOE). Silva was taken into custody without incident by CBP and FBI agents assigned to the FBI Border Corruption Task Force (BCTF).