From the monthly archives: March 2013

Consumers in southern California will get electricity from the first solar power facility to come on stream in the region since 2006, a utility director said.

NRG Energy, Inc., which has headquarters in New Jersey, said it started commercial operations at its Borrego I photovoltaic facility in California. The facility, with a 26-megawatt capacity, will provide enough solar power to meet the annual energy needs of around 9,000 southern California households.

The company said the Borrego facility is one of the first utility-scale operations in the San Diego area. Electricity from the plant will be sold to San Diego Gas and Electric under a 25-year purchase agreement.

“The Borrego I solar generating station will provide clean renewable solar power for our customers, and is the first utility scale local renewable project to come online in San Diego County since 2006,” Matt Burkhart, vice president of electric and fuel procurement for SDG&E, said in a statement.

California’s renewable energy standards call on utility companies and electric service providers to use renewable energy for 33 percent of their deliveries by 2020. In 2012, SDG&E relied on renewable energy for 20.3 percent of its retail electricity sales.


By Mario Conde
The Calexico City Council accepted the annual report audit that gives a positive certification to the City.
The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report of the City of Calexico for fiscal year ended in June 30 of last year. The annual report has been prepared by the Finance Department in conformance with the principles and standards for financial reporting set forth by the Government Accounting Standards Board.  The audit noted that the responsibility for the accuracy, comprehensiveness and fairness of the presented data, including all disclosures, rest in City Management.
The annual report was audited by the firm Pun & McGeady, LLP, and independent firm of certified accountants. The Firm’s audit was performed in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards and their work resulted in an unqualified opinion. Most of the audit report focuses on the end of Redevelopment Agencies and how the City adapted to those changes.
The Net assets can be a good indictor City’s overall health in the long term, the report saw that Government-wide statements and the note that the City’s Net Assets were $110.3 million at June 30, 2012. It should also be noted that all but $11 million of the Net Assets is restricted or committed. Aat the end of the June 2011 Net Assets were $90.7 million.
Finance director John Quinn said in his report to the Council that cash can be a good indicator of the City’s ability to pay its bills and meet its short-trem financial obligations on a timely basis. General Fund cash for the same comparitive periods was $4.5 million and $3.0 million. Most of the increase in fiscal year 2011-12 was due to clean-up that realeased cash to the General Fund.
The Audit found no irrularities or fraud  in its finding but it was recommended to have the audits to be completed in a timely manner. Calexico Mayor Maritza Hurtado remember how when she and Mayor Pro Tem Hodge came on board the City was facing a hard financial situation and asked Kenneth Pau who made a the presentation to the City Council if the City faced a threat of banckrupcy. Pau answered that the City is in good financial condidtion and that the posbility of banckrupcy is very far away.
The Council voted 5-0 to accept the report.


Chris Furguson
DSC_0037The 2013 California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta opened last Friday with a small ribbon cutting ceremony.
The ceremony was slightly hampered by warmer than expected weather which rushed things along.
Friday was also Military and Seniors Appreciation day.  Military officers with identification could enter the fair for free along with seniors who brought a special coupon.
The ceremony included an appearance by Chipper, the California Highway Patrol’s mascot, and members of the Mexican Consulate in Calexico who are sponsoring the Fair’s Plaza De Las Culturas building this year.
Also celebrating their grand opening this year is Doc’s Farm, a new attraction to the Fair & Fiesta.
Doc’s Farm is dedicated to the late Dr. James Thompson, a veternarian with the El Centro Animal Clinic.  Thompson was a mainstay with the Livestock show, often offering his services to sick Fair animals for a single dollar.
Inside Doc’s Farm are several young and newly born animals born just before the fair.  The young animals include a group of seven pigs named after the Seven Dwarves, eight ducklings named Hocus, Pocus, Abra, Cadabra, Siegfried, Roy, David and Houdini, and several others.
Doc’s Farm also held a modest ribbon cutting Friday morning with Thompson’s wife and young family in attendance along with workers at the Animal Clinic.
The Opening Day of the fair concluded with a tribute concert to the songs of Motown Records performed by Nathan Owens Motown Legends.
Saturday saw a Beatles Tribute show while Sunday had Dia De La Familia.
Monday saw Calexico win High School Madness while Tuesday featured a Tim McGraw tribute concert along with Wednesday’s Guns and Hoses public safety competition.
Tonight will feature Heartbreaker, a tribute to Led Zeppelin, while Friday will showcase the music of Bon Jovi with “Blaze of Glory” and Saturday is for the fans of the Rolling Stones.
The final Sunday will also feature the “Haul N’ Brawl,” a
The week will also feature extra animal and handler judging as various Round Robin contests, featuring members of 4-H and FFAs showing off a variety of animals.
The weekend’s big events will also include the Small and Large Animal auctions.  It is through these auctions where months of hard work will be rewarded through the pocketbooks of generous donors.
Daily shows at the Fair include San Diego-based Godfrey the Magician, Adam the Great from Portland, Oregon and Tyzen, a hypnotist from Las Vegas.
For more about the Fair & Fiesta, look to our special Fair Souvenir Edition next week in the Weekly-Chronicle.
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