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Navy Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for F-35C West Coast Home Basing

f35The Navy has published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register concerning the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the west coast home basing of the F-35C aircraft. The Final EIS addresses the potential environmental effects of home basing F-35C squadrons at either, Naval Air Station Lemoore, Ca. or Naval Air Facility El Centro, Ca. Alternative 2 would entail placing seven Fleet Squadrons plus the Fleet Replacement Squadron at NAS Lemoore while maintaining training operations at NAF El Centro, alternative 2 has been identified in the Final EIS as the preferred alternative. This alternative best meets mission requirements; optimizes operational efficiencies related to personnel, training, and logistics support functions; maximizes the reuse of existing facilities and minimizes the need for new construction; and preserves NAF El Centro as a valuable training asset.
The Environmental Impact Study gives three different alternatives; the first alternative would to place the entire F35 squadron at the Naval Air Facility El Centro where all operations would be conducted, including maintaining the fleet and training. The second alternative would to home base the F35 squadron at Naval Air Station Lemoore, where the operations would be split with maintaining the fleet at Lemoore with some training and using NAF El Centro for a training facility.
The third option would to take no action, which would end up with no new Naval fleet operations on the west coast.
Officials from the Imperial County have been working vigorously trying to convince congress to Home Basing the F35 here at NAF EL Centro. A final decision is expected in the coming months.
To view the EIS visit: http://www.navyf35cwestcoasteis.com

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2014 Freedom Fest- Vendor Application

fireworks“Please join FM 107.5, The Imperial Chamber of Commerce, Imperial Valley College, and associated parties for Freedom Fest 2014 on Friday, July 4th. This year marks the 24th 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.
Vendor Applications Now Open! The Imperial Chamber of Commerce is now accepting vendor applications for this event. To review a vendor application please visit www.imperialchamber.org/2014-freedom-fest/ 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 ceo@imperialchamber.org. Submission deadlines are:
 Commercial & Non-Profit Food Vendors: June 12, 2014
 Other Vendors: June 23, 2014
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 ceo@imperialchamber.org.

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El Centro’s Mayor Becomes First Vice President of SCAG

Holtville’s City Manager, Alex Meyerhoff, and Council Members Ginger Ward and Jim Predmore attended the Southern California Association of Governments General Assembly in Indian Wells this past Thursday and Friday.
The two-day conference brought elected officials from all over Southern California together to get updated on all that is happening in California government, from transportation, energy, health, and safety.
The Conference started early Thursday morning with two Council meetings and the ratifying of the 2014-2015 SCAG Officers as the outgoing President, Greg Pettis, Council Member, City of Cathedral City, gave the year in review.
Carl Morehouse, Council Member, City of San Buenaventura, was brought in as the 2014-15 SCAG President, along with El Centro’s Mayor, Cheryl Viegas-Walker as First Vice President. Cheryl Viegas-Walker has served the City of El Centro since 1997 as a City Council Member with four terms as Mayor. Walker will represent the Imperial Valley as she is slated to become the SCAG President next year as SCAG celebrates their 50th anniversary.
Thursday afternoon began with an Awards Luncheon where the Imperial County Transportation Commission was honored with the Achievement in Integrated Planning Award for the El Centro and Brawley Transit Transfer Stations that were constructed and completed this past year.
There was quite a bit of talk on transportation and the ever changing technology and how that technology will affect the way people get around in the future. This includes the usage of the smartphone to find someone to provide you with a ride, to using the GPS on your phone to locate a nearby rental car that is rented by the minute and can be accessed with a card similar to a credit card that will the person to access the car. There was a lot of discussion about the “last mile”, that distance between the rapid transit drop off and the location the person needs to get to, and how to provide transportation in between.
Dr. Brian Taylor, Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, UCLA described the evaluation of transportation and how technology, innovation, Big Data, and our own changing preferences will transform the transportation systems in the near future, from driverless cars, alternative-fuel vehicles, car-sharing programs, and other technology are modernizing the way we travel.
Friday morning was welcomed in by V. Manuel Perez, Assemblymember, California State Assembly, 56th District, who thanked the attendees from the Imperial County for their attendance and highlighted his effort on the restoration of the Salton Sea and how the use of Geo-Thermal produced energy and its byproducts will help in that effort.
The Conference concluded with the discussion of how to connect the dots to meet our biggest challenges.