From the monthly archives: July 2013

By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council voted Tuesday to begin the search to hire a grant writer for the City of Calexico.

The item was brought up by Calexico Mayor Bill Hodge who said that the City was behind and not being aggressive enough in pursuing a grant writer for the city and get funds for city needs. Hodge has proposed in the past to bring a grant writer to the City and help the city get funding for parks, public safety, among other things. The agenda item called for direction or consideration for an interim 6 month fund developer assistant to the City Manager position.

Mayor Pro Tem John Moreno said that the idea was good but had too many concerns about the proposal since there is not plan in place.

“We don’t have a scope of work that would allow us to make a decision.” Moreno said.

Councilwoman Maritza Hurtado also had concerns about the hiring of an assistant to the City Manager/grant writers since there is a hiring freeze in place due to the financial constrains and a limited budget the City has right now.

City Manager Oscar Rodriquez said that department heads assist the City Manager in several areas and that a grant writer in budget in the city’s books.

Mayor Pro Tem Moreno suggested waiting on this and forming a subcommittee and possibly workshops to work on this and create a plan that can be presented to the Council later on. Councilman Luis Castro responded that there are a lot of subcommittees right now in the City and agreed that action needed to be taken.

Castro was forceful in saying the city is still complaining and discussing the situation of the parks five years after he was first elected to city council and nothing has been accomplished as of yet. He said the city should just move forward and give direction to hire a grant writer.

Councilman Joong Kim agreed with Castro and said that there is a lot of talk and no action when it comes to services in the city. He suggested the City Manager work on a salary schedule and work description for the grant writer.

Mayor Hodge mentioned that he had listened to the valid points, pros and cons, from all the councilmember’s but decided to move forward with this plan. Hodge said the proposed this at the January’s team building workshop and he had grown tired of waiting for the City to take action and said it would be better to move on.

The Council voted 3-2 to approve this item and give direction to the City Manager to see how they will hire a grant writer for the city. Mayor Hodge and Councilman Kim will work together in developing a business plan for grant for several areas of the city.

By Chris Furguson


For Brawley youth, there is very little to do during the hot summer months outside of staying indoors or the occasional swim at the Lions Center pool. However, for a significant number of kids, one way to beat the summer heat and doldrums is to spend your days at the Summer Day Camp, currently being held at the Brawley Lions Center.

The Summer Day Camp consists of a series of activities that encourage movement and physical activity. This year’s theme is “Let’s Get Physical,” which continues the program’s desire to promote physical movement during the summer months.


“We’ve done away with movie night,” explained Rachel Zepeda, the camp’s director. “Instead, we’re having the kids do move more while they’re here.”


Each session begins at 10 am with check-in followed by a half hour of Kids’ Zumba, led by local dance instructors. After the group dance is a smaller group exercise, which is proceeded by lunchtime.


After lunch, the kids do some arts and crafts projects followed by two more hours of exercise. Early camp attendees are also able to use the city’s open gym program which starts at 8 am.


Kids are also able to go swimming within their age groups on certain days.


While there is a $75 fee for children attending the Summer Day Camp, space is still available for late attendees until the closing date of August 2.


“We never turn anyone away,” said Zepeda. “If anyone wants to bring their kid, we’ll take them.


Starting on August 5, the Summer Day Camp gives way to Open Gym, which costs attendees $5 per day. Children are also required to bring their own lunch.


The Summer Day Camp is one of many activities available for youth and teens through the Brawley Parks & Recreation program. For more information, contact the department at (760) 344-5675.

By Chris Furguson
In what many call the largest convention of its kind in the country, more than fifty thousand fans, cosplayers, industry professionals and others arrived at the Los Angeles Convention Center over the July 4th holiday weekend to celebrate Japanese Animation at the annual “Anime Expo” show.
Hosted by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, Anime Expo is touted as one of the largest conventions in North America dedicated to “anime,” the defacto name for Japanese-style animation.
Anime was inspired by the cartoons of Walt Disney and the Warner Brothers, but incorporates a uniquely Japanese aesthetic and feel.
Japanese animation also tackles topics and issues that are considered more mature than is acceptable for American animation.Famous anime that aired in the United States includes “Gigantor,” “Kimba, the White Lion,” “Robotech,” “Voltron: Defender of the Universe,” “DragonBall Z,” “Pokémon,” and “Yu-Gi-Oh.”
Current popular series airing in the Unites States include “One Piece,” “Fullmetal Alchemist,” “Naruto,” and “Attack on Titan.”
Popular guests of this year’s convention include voice actors Vic Mignogna and Christopher Sabat, along with Filipina cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao and more.
Anime Expo also has a larger variety of activities available for attendees than most conventions, including karaoke and dancing, along with the usual industry and related panels going throughout all four days.

Cosplay Continues To Be A Growing Part Of The Convention ExperienceOne of the largest aspects of Anime Expo is “cosplay,” a portmanteau of the words “costume” and “play” where fans of certain media will create costumes and props and take on the personas of their favorite characters.
At Anime Expo, however, cosplay is not strictly limited to characters from Japanese animation.  Characters from video games, television, movies, comic book superheroes and more are also cosplayed by creative fans during the four-day event.
One of the most popular things to cosplay this year at Anime Expo was the video game “League of Legends,” one of the most popular PC games in the world today.
Several hundred cosplayers arrived on Saturday to join a gathering, one of dozens throughout the day, with members of the game’s parent company, Riot Games” on hand.
Much buzz from the convention went towards Oliver Holmes, who is also known by his cosplay name “Kohalu.”  Holmes arrived at Anime Expo as the newest champion of League of Legends, Aatrox.
“I wanted to be the first person in the world to cosplay him,” said Holmes of the red demon-like champion.  “He’s very eye-catching, even if you’re not familiar with the series.”
Another popular cosplayer was Michael Pham, also known as “MGhost.”  Pham arrived at Anime Expo in two “fursuit” costumes as League champions Teemo and Kennen.
“I cosplayed Teemo and Kennen to have people see their favorite character brought to life” explained Pham.  “I just want people to smile.”



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