From the monthly archives: September 2012

Justin Lofton’s No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) Chevrolet will have a new look this weekend as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) takes on Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Lofton will have The Imperial Valley Full Plate Group as the primary sponsor on his Silverado as a group of business owners and neighbors from Southern California come together to sponsor the championship contender.

“I think it’s pretty cool when I can walk into a grocery store here in North Carolina and see a bag of onions that I know came from my home in the Imperial Valley,” commented Lofton. “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to promote my home and all of the products that come from the Imperial Valley on my truck in Las Vegas.”

The business owners from the Imperial Valley of Southern California began looking for ways to promote their local goods and services. Realizing the national reach and fan power of NASCAR, the owners decided to form The Imperial Valley Full Plate Group and get involved in the sport by supporting their local NASCAR talent-Camping World Truck Series driver Justin Lofton. Several farmers, ranchers, electricians, bankers and car dealers began making donations and contributions to back Lofton’s race effort at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, while also spreading the word of their products and services.

“It means a lot to me to have the support of my hometown,” Lofton continued. “We are going to have a lot of my neighbors join us as guests at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For many of them, it will be their first time at the track and I’m looking forward to introducing them to the Camping World Truck Series. We’re still in the fight for the championship with the No. 6 Imperial Valley Full Plate Chevrolet, and to know that I have my hometown and my ESR team standing behind me in that battle is a really cool feeling.”

Lofton will join his competitors from the NCWTS as they take on Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Friday, September 29th. Live coverage of the Smith’s 350 will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET on SPEED, MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio, channel 90. Fans can visit,, or for the latest news and updates about Lofton and the No. 6 Imperial Valley Full Plate Chevrolet Silverado team.


Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that the final parts of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights have been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

“California has been the epicenter of the foreclosure and mortgage crisis,” said Attorney General Harris. “The Homeowner Bill of Rights will provide basic fairness and transparency for homeowners, and improve the mortgage process for everyone.”

The Governor signed:

  • Senate Bill 1474 by Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, which gives the Attorney General’s office the ability to use a statewide grand jury to investigate and indict the perpetrators of financial crimes involving victims in multiple counties.
  •  Assembly Bill 1950, by Assemblymember Mike Davis, D-Los Angeles, which extends the statute of limitations for prosecuting mortgage related crimes from one year to three years, giving the Department of Justice and local District Attorneys the time needed to investigate and prosecute complex mortgage fraud crimes.
  •  Assembly Bill 2610 by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, which requires purchasers of foreclosed homes to give tenants at least 90 days before starting eviction proceedings. If the tenant has a fixed-term lease, the new owner must honor the lease unless the owner demonstrates that certain exceptions intended to prevent fraudulent leases apply.

Previously signed into law were three other components of the Homeowner Bill of Rights. Assembly Bill 2314, by Assemblymember Wilmer Carter, D-Rialto, provides additional tools to local governments and receivers to fight blight caused by multiple vacant homes in neighborhoods.

Two additional bills, which came out of a two-house conference committee, provide protections for borrowers and struggling homeowners, including a restriction on dual-track foreclosures, where a lender forecloses on a borrower despite being in discussions over a loan modification to save the home. The bills also guarantee struggling homeowners a single point of contact at their lender with knowledge of their loan and direct access to decision makers.

All aspects of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights will take effect on January 1, 2013.


This is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. Find a volunteer site if you want to help improve our public lands by planting trees and native plants, collecting trash, improving trails, and more. 

In honor of National Public Lands Day, all national parks offer free admission. Plan your visit to a national park today.

When vacation time calls, look to the national parks for some of the most satisfying and least costly alternatives. Open year round, national parks offer activities across the country. For outdoor adventure or indoor discovery — try a venture into the national parks.

There are almost 400 national parks to choose from so if you need a little help picking one, you’re at the right place. Travel Tips can get you started. Park Lodging will help you find a place to sleep.

You can Find a Park to search for events and activities (see the Plan Your Visit section for each park), participate in one of the many Institutes and Field Schools or save some money and come on one of the days we waive entrance fees.  You can browse our weekly getaway series for inspiration. You can even volunteer to help us take care of the national parks while you’re here.

There’s an adventure out there for everyone — plan yours soon!

Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend
October 5-7
Cowpens National Battlefield,
South CarolinaOctober 7 marks the 232nd anniversary of the Battle of Kings Mountain, where patriots defeated loyalists in an important battle of the American Revolution. On October 6, the park hosts a dramatic presentation, “The Night before Kings Mountain.” The Spartanburg County Historical Association’s FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation brings hundreds of historical reenactors to the area. Call 864-461-2828 for more information.

HawkWatch Weekend
October 6-7
Effigy Mounds National Monument,
IowarCelebrate the annual hawk migration along the Mississippi River. A weekend filled with activities is on tap for young people and for the young at heart. Call 563-873-3491 for more information.

Glassmaking at Jamestown
October 13-14
Colonial National Historical Park,
VirginiaCelebrate Virginia Archeology Month at Jamestown with special programs and glassmaking demonstrations.

Haunting in the Hills
October 13
Ozark National Scenic Riverways,
MissouriEnjoy traditional Ozark crafts, music and storytelling at this annual harvest season weekend.

Adventures at Sea: Life Aboard a 19th Century Sailing Ship
Daily; 2:15
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park,
CaliforniaTake part in a guided tour of the historic ship Balclutha. Discover the hardships and rewards of the sailors who fought for survival during the treacherous Cape Horn passage.


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has a new iPad app, ‘Space Place Prime.’ This app features NASA Earth and space images and videos, as well as a rotating selection of Space Place articles and activities.  Space Place Prime targets kids, teachers, parents, space enthusiasts, and everyone in between. You can also download NASA game apps. You can find all of these apps in the Apple Store.


By Mario Conde

Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved funding to help with Brawley earthquakes at their Tuesday meeting.

Imperial County Community and Economic Development has grant funding available under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The program allows the County to procure and use the services of a developer to purchase and offer for sale the rehabilitated home to qualified families. The County, through ICCED, in accordance with NSP guidelines is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the developer used is properly licensed with the State of California. In addition, the developer must have and maintain all required bonding and or insurance as required by the County and that the rehabilitation costs incurred are reasonable and necessary. The construction manager will assist ICCED with the aforementioned requirements and will also ensure that rehabilitated houses meet the current housing code requirements of each jurisdiction in which the dwelling to be rehabilitated houses meet the current housing code requirements of each jurisdiction in which they live.

An RFP was advertise and the winners where the firms of Ericsson-Grant, Inc. and the Holt Group were found to be qualified and responsive in terms of the ability to perform the requested services. Due to the workload it was decided that both consultants would be contracted to expedite the process, said Esperanza Colio, Economic Development Director.

Colio said that emergency assistance is available under the CalHome program for owners of mobile homes where the mobile home is their primary residence and due to August 26, 2012 earthquake swarm suffered major or catastrophic damaged rendering that home inhabitable. ICCED under the CalHome program is able to provide these individuals deferred forgivable loans to either repair or replace their homes.

“The Housing and Community Development Department, through its CalHome program, have approved our decision to select and use Ericsson-Grant and The Holt Group for rehabilitation construction management.”Colio stated.

Supervisor John Renison commended the Economic and Public works department for their good job in responding to those that were affected the most during the earthquake.  Supervisor Castillo asked Colio about the families that lived in mobile homes and were affected by the earthquake. She said that 22 families still live in hotels and 2 families decided to go back to their mobile homes and do the repairs since they were minimal damaged. The Board approved the item 5-0. The board also approved to move their next meeting to Monday October 1st at 11:00a.m. Instead of Tuesday.

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