From the monthly archives: February 2013

By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council approved Measure “H” funding for feasibility study for the main Fire and Police facilities.

Calexico Fire Chief Pete Mercado asked for financial assistance in funding the cost of a public safety feasibility study for our main fire and policy facility. The cost of the public safety feasibility study is $19,950 and would try to see how to best serve the Fire and Police departments’ aging facilities.

The study will look at the city’s growth to the north and how to best address it. It will look at all factors influencing location of the department and whether the existing location will work to serve the community’s needs, and/or a new location will be needed. The focus of the study will be on the Fire Department and the Police Department will be secondary.

The quotation for this study, Mercado said, would fulfill the first phase of the project which is to identify what the structural issues are and what options are feasible for restoration or relocation to provide a safe and habitable facility for public safety. This phase would be tasked with providing a Conceptual Feasibility Study that would serve as an assessment of the current infrastructure.

There are two tasks that will be addressed in the phase which include an assessment of the existing site Fire Department building condition followed by documentation in the form a written report on a facility evaluation.

“We need to properly analyze where the City is growing. Depending on what the study findings are, we may need to temporary relocate staff. Before we jump into spending lots of money we need to find out the basics.”City Manager Oscar Rodriquez said.

The feasibility study is the first step and Phase I in the project. The study will inform the City if rehabilitation and expansion of the existing facility is a conceptually reasonable approach or not. The study will investigate if the existing structure can be seismically upgraded and retrofitted to comply with current building codes, life safety, accessibility, and Essential Services Act.

The Council approved this request with a vote of 5-0.


Get  hands-on experience of Curating local artifacts for the Imperial Valley Desert Museum’s collection.

We are pushing to finish the collections inventory by May.

If you’ve ever been interested in behind the scenes look at museums and would like to help us curate, you can join us Wednesday thru Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.

No experience necessary. Ages 12 yrs and up.

The Imperial Valley Desert Museum is located at:  11 W. Frontage Rd, Ocotillo, CA 92259

To schedule your Curation session(s) please contact:

Jessica Brody (760) 358-7016 or


Thank you for you for your consideration.

Greg A. Curran – Volunteer Coordinator

Member – Board of Directors


Greetings IBEW 569 Members and Supporters:

I have exciting news to share. As clean energy projects continue to break ground in our region, IBEW Local 569 and our industry partners at the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) are staying ahead of the curve to make sure local electricians are first-in-line for these green energy jobs.

In fact, IBEW 569 members and the San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter of NECA have announced we will invest an additional $300,000 in 2013 in the Imperial Electrical Training Center to expand skilled training, hire staff and continue to ensure local people are going to work. This raises IBEW Local 569 and NECA’s overall private capital investment in Imperial County to over $1.3 million.

From day one, our priority has been to make sure renewable projects are putting local residents to work first. Thanks to local hire agreements with renewable project developers, hundreds of state-certified electricians, apprentices and trainees from all parts of the County are employed right now building clean energy projects!

Of course, these successes would not be possible without our members’ vision to invest in the Imperial Electrical Training Center, the only state-certified electrical apprenticeship facility in Imperial County preparing local residents to construct solar, wind and geothermal projects.  We look forward to expanding these investments in 2013 and opening new career doors for local residents to go to work in the green economy.

In Unity,

Johnny Simpson

Business Manager

P.S. To see pictures and video of Local 569 members in action building our region’s clean energy future, visit!


Please join the Holtville Chamber of Commerce at 6pm this evening for the Holtville Carrot Festival Cookery Contest.

 Tonight’s contest features the Adult Salad, Vegetable and Main Dish Divisions.

 The event continues daily at 6pm through Friday evening.

 The event will be held in the Holtville Civic Center which is located at 121 W. Fifth Street, Holtville California 92250.

 Please call Alex Meyerhoff at 760-356-4574 if you have any questions.


By Mario Conde

Juanita Salas became the new Imperial Valley College Board of Trustees member and will fill the term left by Norma Galindo.

Salas, along with other candidates, filed to fill the vacancy left by Norma Sierra-Galindo who was sworn to the Imperial Irrigation District last December. By majority vote, Salas was voted in to finish Galindo’s last two years at the board.

“Honored. Humbled. Grateful. In the words of Sonia Sotomayor: I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences. Today is one of those experiences. I was told I just became the youngest Trustee in the history of the campus and I do not take that responsibility lightly.” She said.

Salas said she applied for the position because of her ability to continue to be involved and make a difference in my community.

“My experience and involvement with our community has shown me how positions like these can truly make a difference for our community. I am the youngest of 8 and aunt of 43 nieces and nephews and IVC has touched our lives in many ways shapes and forms, and becoming involved in the student success process was my motivation.”

Salas said she is a big believer in student success, equity, and access, and would like to focus her learning and actions around students, faculty, staff, and fellow board members.

“I would like to take part with the rest of the board to ensure the wise and prudent delivery of education, a critical local and state resource, on behalf of the people in our community. Also to take part in having our College make a difference in our Imperial Valley community, region, and state. Finally, to continue assisting our community college to provide educated citizens and well prepared workforce for our community.”

Salas previously served as Senior Community Representative for the Office of Former Congressman Bob Filner. Salas studied Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Political Science at San Diego State University, where she was elected to serve as President and CEO of SDSU Associated Students Inc. She now serves as Community Engagement Manager of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest.

Her official swearing in ceremony will take place February 20th.

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