From the daily archives: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

For Immediate Release:                                                                            April 24, 2013
Contact: Alexis Brown
Company: Imperial Chamber of Commerce Position: Director of Marketing & Events Phone: (760) 355-1609/Fax: (760) 355-3920

RE: 2013 Freedom Fest- Vendor Application Reminder

To Whom It May Concern:

The following statement is for immediate release.

“Don’t forget to join FM 107.5, The Imperial Chamber of Commerce, Imperial Valley College, and associated parties for Freedom Fest 2013 on Thursday, July 4th.  This year marks the
23rd annual celebration of Freedom Fest which has become the largest single day event in Imperial County.  Once again, Freedom Fest will be held on the campus of Imperial Valley College located on 380 East Aten Road in Imperial, CA.

The Imperial Chamber of Commerce is now accepting vendor applications for this event. To download a vendor application please visit or stop by the Imperial Chamber located at 297 South Imperial Avenue in Imperial, CA. All forms may be submitted to 297 South Imperial Avenue, Imperial, CA 92251, faxed to 760-355-3920 or emailed to Submission deadlines are:

   Commercial & Non-Profit Food Vendors: June 10, 2013
   Other Vendors: June 20, 2013

Early and completed applications submitted will be given first priority for booth placement. Don’t wait, reserve your space today and be a part of this great American Tradition right here in the Imperial Valley!”

We thank you for your continued support of this event. For more information, please contact FM
107.5 at 760-352-1230, the Imperial Chamber of Commerce at 760-355-1609 or email


Alexis L. Brown
Director of Marketing & Events
Imperial Chamber of Commerce


Imperial Valley, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents’ recent arrests have led to the successful conviction and sentencing of eight illegal immigrants, all individuals with prior convictions for other crime(s).

The apprehensions took place earlier this year near the border cities of Calexico, El Centro, and Indio. The illegal immigrants, many of which have extensive criminal histories, were presented for prosecution on federal criminal charges.

GUEVARA-Hernandez, Gonzalo Sentenced 15 months in federal prison
FLORES-Martinez, Tomas Sentenced 51 months in federal prison
CASTRO-Soto, Fidel Sentenced 33 months in federal prison
ALCANTAR-Baca, Salvador Sentenced 27 months in federal prison
MARTINEZ-Guerrero, Raul Sentenced 18 months in federal prison
DOMINGUEZ-Romero, Domingo Sentenced 48 months in federal prison
MAYORGA, Carlos Sentenced 27 months in federal prison
OLIVERA-Ruelas, Martin Sentenced 30 months in federal prison

The illegal immigrants will be deported to their country of origin after serving their prison sentences.

The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.


By Mario Conde

The Imperial County Board of Supervisors aprove program that will focus in idenfying and preventing future criminal behavior.

The Board of Supervisors approved a request from District Attorney Gilbert Otero for the Adminstrative Support Services Agreement between the Imperial County Distirct and National Corrective Group, Inc. (CorrectiveSolutions), to intitute a pre-charge, pre-trial, and/or post-trial diversion program in Imperial County referred to as Community Accountability Program. All cost associated with the program will be the resonsabilty of Corrective Solutions.

The purpose of the program, Otero said, is to address the root causes of a person’s criminal involvment and provide them with an opportunity to correct the behavior. The Program will allow eligble individuals accused of committing certain crimes to avoid criminal prosecution by particpting in and fulfuillling specific requirments.

“The requirments include attendance at educational and rehabilative Community Accountability Classes which address the causes, behavioral patterns and stresses that contribute to various forms of crimminal conduct and teach the participants how to avoid repating such offenses in the future.” Otero said. He also mentioned that this is an effort to aliviate the work of the court and prevent future crimes.

The District Attorney’s Office will identify eligible individuals, establish conditions of participation, and refer eligible individuals to correctie solutions. Corrective solutions will adminster the program and notifty the District Attorney’s Office regarding the partcipants prograss and compleitons. Corrective Solutions will provide administrative support services and staff to adminster the program classes.

Paticiapants are required to pay fees which are attached to the Community Accountability Agreement. The program fees include an adminstrative fee to offset the District Attorney’s Office’s adminstrative expenses associated with determining program eligiblity and coordianting program completion. In addition, the District Attorney’s Office intends for a portion of this fees to be applied to an Indignet Praticipation Fund.

Supervisor Mike Kelley inquired about the $175 fee and pointed out that most that in most cases people that commit these type of offences are indigents and asked how will they help them to get access to this program. Otero responded that this program will have special fund to help those that need help to pay the fee and want to change their behavior.

The board of Supervisors apporve this proposasl with at vote of 5-0.



By Mario Conde

The Imperial County Board of Supervisors accepted the final study for the implementation of the Infrastructure Finance District.

The Board of Supervisors held a public hearing last Tuesday to see a study made by Pacific Municipal Consultants to see the viability of creating an Infrastructure Financing District to fund several economic development projects in the County.

In 2009, the Board of Supervisors approved a grant application in the amount of $35,000 for a Redevelopment Feasibility Study to the California State Department of Housing and Community Development. The goal of this funding was to pursue the potential for establishing an Infrastructure Finance District in the areas of Heber, Keystone Planning Area, Palo Verde, and Seeley.

The Board of Supervisors selected the Keystone Planning Area as the most viable region in the county to proceed with the Infrastructure Finance District based on a fact that this area would benefit the most from public investment in infrastructure to support planned development. The Keystone Planning Areas is planned to be a mixed use industrial and commercial center when the infrastructure in the area is done. The project has been on hold for a long time since Redevelopment Agencies in California where eliminated and was going to finance part of the project.

This report presented a preliminary analysis of how an Infrastructure Financing District would work together with other financing in the Keystone Planning Area. The formation of an IFD involves several steps including development and adoption of a complete infrastructure financing plan and associated resolutions, noticed public hearings and a vote by property owners. A separate vote by property owners is also required to issued improvements bonds secured by the IFD tax increment revenue. Prior to considering issuing bonds, it is recommended that the County retain the services of qualified bond counsel and real estate market advisors.

The total cost according to the study made, the cost for infrastructure improvements at the Keystone Planning Area that include wastewate treatment area, water distribution system, road improvements, and fire station will be a total of $194.4 million. Supervisor District 3 Mike Kelley showed his concern that the cost for doing the wastewater treatment area would cost $98 million. The consultant representing Pacific Municipal Consultants said that the high cost was because they needed the latest infracture equiment in order to get the water infrascture going in that area.

County CEO Ralph Cordova reminded the Board that they are not approving anything and they are just accepting the study made for future recommendation. City of Imperial Mayor Rick Breland thank the Board for making this study and asked for their support in order to start working on the Keystone Area as soon as possible.


WASHINGTON—The Department of Justice today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Las Vegas has indicted a former North Las Vegas corrections officer on federal civil rights and obstruction of justice charges. Stuart Barlow Johnson, 47, was indicted on one count of violating the victim’s civil rights by using excessive force on the victim and one count of obstruction of justice for falsifying an incident report in an attempt to cover up the incident.

The indictment alleges that on November 29, 2008, while acting as a corrections officer at the North Las Vegas Detention Center, Johnson assaulted an unnamed victim, identified as “D.H.,” resulting in bodily injury to D.H. The obstruction count alleges that on the same day, Johnson knowingly falsified a document with the intent to impede, obstruct, and influence the investigation and proper administration of a matter within the jurisdiction of the FBI.

If convicted, the defendant faces a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on the civil rights count and a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on the obstruction count.

An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the Las Vegas Division of the FBI. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Dickinson of the District of Nevada and Trial Attorneys Ryan Murguía and Patricia Sumner of the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

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