From the daily archives: Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Judge Juan Ulloa recognized for cross-border collaboration to meet the legal needs of his community

Imperial County Superior Court Judge Juan Ulloa.

San Francisco-Judge Juan Ulloa, of the Superior Court of Imperial County, was announced as the recipient of the 2012 Aranda Access to Justice Award. The award will be presented to Judge Ulloa by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye at a ceremony in December.
Judge Ulloa was recognized for establishing a collaborative relationship with court and consulate officials from Mexico to better serve the legal needs of his community, as well as, for being a leader in court reform efforts and working to improve access to justice for all Imperial County residents.
Through the Imperial County Blue Ribbon Commission, Judge Ulloa used international collaboration to improve the services to bi-national families in the juvenile and family court systems. They worked with the state government of Baja California, the family court and court-appointed counsel, the university, and the Mexican government to remove jurisdictional and informational barriers and resolve cases.
Judge Ulloa has also participated in the Judicial Council’s California Tribal Court/State Court Forum working group with Judge Claudette White, Chief Judge of the Quechan Tribal Court, to establish protocols for coordinating, transferring, and monitoring cases that involve Quechan families in Imperial County.
The Judicial Council, the State Bar, and the California Judges Association cosponsor the award in association with the California Commission on Access to Justice. The award, named for the founding chair of the Judicial Council’s Access and Fairness Advisory Committee, Benjamin Aranda III, honors a trial judge or an appellate justice whose activities demonstrate a long-term commitment to improving access to justice.

 

By Jim Predmore

Jim Predmore keeps a watchful eye on the three BBQ’s that were used this year to cook the 500 lbs. of Tri-Tip.

For the 8th consecutive year, Turning Point Men’s Home served tri tip to the community in what has become one of their most delicious fundraisers.  Cars were lined up around the block to get a taste of the tri tip that has a reputation for being some of the best tri tip in town.
This year’s BBQ consisted of 500lbs of Marinated Tri-Tip for the main course, 100lbs of dry pinto beans, 30lbs of ground beef, 20 lbs. of chorizo, 20, lbs. of onions and a huge verity of spices to make the 40 gallons of chili. There were 8 full rosters of rice pilaf, 4 cases of salad and 4 gallons of salad dressing toped offed with 700 rolls. For desert a total of 30 pans of delicious peach cobbler were prepared.
Turning Point staff and family members, along with members of Turning Point Life Center, were on hand to help prepare and serve the meals as almost 700 plates were served on Saturday in a two hour period.  Along with the tri tip was rice pilaf, ranch style beans, salad, and a roll.  Guests also had the opportunity to purchase delicious homemade peach cobbler as they waited in line for the plates.
Turning Point Men’s Home hosts this fundraiser each year to help offset the costs of running the men’s home.  They receive no government funding and exist solely through the work they do in the community, fundraising, and generous community giving.  The monies earned on Saturday will help with getting the final necessary repairs and maintenance done for them to move into their new home on Orchard Road.

 

By Jim Predmore

Preston Veliquette breaks thru the finnish line of the 5k race in the memory of his mother Amber Bryant.

Amidst the purple balloons and posters that protested against domestic violence, almost one hundred participants gathered to be a part of the Women of Virtue Empowerment Network’s (WOVEN) 2nd annual Amber Bryant Memorial 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 13th.
For the second year, this event was held at Jeffrey Thornton Park in Brawley and offered participants the option of a 5K walk around the park or a 5K run with a route that included Cattle Call Park.
This event was held in honor of Amber Bryant, who lost her life in a domestic violence situation two years ago.  Making Saturday’s event even more special was having Amber’s family, including her son Preston, in attendance from New Mexico.
Prior to the start of the race, Preston challenged himself to complete the 5K run in 30 minutes.  He crossed the finish line with just a few seconds to spare, causing great cheers from the audience.
A trophy was given to the top female and male in both the walk and the run.  Winners of the walk trophies were Mary Delgado at 20:50 and Jacob Ritter at 20:41.  Top 5K runners were Greg Ponce at 19:13 and Bertha Magallanes with a time of 26:10.  Brawley Christian Academy won the perpetual plaque for having the largest team in the event, with 15 members representing their team.
The event was closed out in the same fashion as last year, with family and friends of Amber Bryant releasing purple balloons in the air.  It was a touching moment to see her son Preston, along with her sister and other family members, gather together with friends to release those balloons which soared up into a sunny Imperial Valley sky.

 
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