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News | By CHELCEY ADAMI and Staff Writer | February 19, 2013
CALEXICO - Council voted 4-1 to approve waiving development impact fees on the construction of a women's and children's shelter for the Neighborhood House of Calexico during Tuesday's regular City Council meeting. Councilman Bill Hodge described the waiver as an “exception” and said he “believes it's the humane thing to do.” Mayor Maritza Hurtado was the dissenting vote, stating that she was concerned that waiving the fees would create a precedent for other nonprofits to seek waivers and expressed concern as to why the nonprofit didn't budget the fees.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | July 5, 2013
Construction of two detention centers near the Calexico East Port of Entry is anticipated to bring hundreds of construction and permanent jobs, and one is anticipated to have a groundbreaking in the next few weeks. The 65,000-square foot facility by Hill Mills Construction will house low-level inmates of both sexes, Imperial Valley Economic Development Commission president and chief executive officer Tim Kelley said. He said the project by Hill Mills Construction is being built on speculation and will be filled with inmates as there's a need.
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By DARREN SIMON,Staff Writer | September 27, 2006
CALEXICO ? A three-vehicle collision near here Tuesday left three people hurt, including a motorcyclist who was flown to the University of California San Diego Medical Center in critical condition. The collision occurred at 4:45 p.m. on Clark Road south of Kubler Road when one motorist involved in the crash attempted to pass a vehicle towing a trailer by crossing the double yellow lines on Clark. The California Highway Patrol said Oscar Mendoza Lopez, 22, of Calexico was driving his car north on Clark when he attempted to pass a pickup with a trailer.
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By BILL BASKERVILL | August 14, 2002
AP Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? Friends knew Richard Marc Evonitz as a nice guy ? a married Navy man who was active in his community. Lurking beneath that exterior, authorities say, was a ??sexually sadistic psychopath" who abducted and murdered a string of young girls. Evonitz, 38, fatally shot himself in June after police tracked him to Sarasota, Fla. He had been sought in the abduction and rape of a 15-year-old girl in Lexington, S.C. On Tuesday, police announced what investigators had suspected since soon after Evonitz's suicide: that he had murdered three Virginia girls in 1996 and 1997.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF WRITER | February 16, 2011
My children have several foot-powered (i.e. Razor) scooters and they wear their helmets. I have seen several other children in the neighborhood riding without helmets. Some other parents and I were wondering if there is a helmet law for such scooters, as well as for skateboards. They are concerned that they will be fined if there is a helmet law and it is enforced. — Concerned Parent Besides being a very bad idea, it is apparently illegal for kids to be zipping around on their scooters with no helmet.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | July 2, 2012
Allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination loom over the El Centro Police Department amid a recent lawsuit filed by a former female police officer. The lawsuit was filed June 20 in San Diego federal court, said attorney Andrew Ryan, who represents the plaintiff, Rebeca Fajardo. “We are not in state court (because) we are alleging violation of federal rights,” Ryan said. Fajardo, who was a police officer in El Centro from January 2010 through December 2011, is suing not only the city but also city employees such as the city's Human Resource Director Teri Brownlee, El Centro Police Chief Jim McGinley and other police personnel like Mario Sanabria, Mike Crankshaw, Jeff Mason and Robert Sawyer, according to court documentation.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA and CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writers | October 31, 2012
Calexico High School senior Andrea Vizcarra doesn't like to be alone at the school at night. “Never have and don't want to,” she said while giggling. Ever since she was a sophomore, she has heard rumors of the school being haunted by Calexico High cheerleaders that died in a car crash in the '60s. People say that they see the figure of a girl walking around the school, particularly the gym, and on the field at night. “Once you hear that story, you start to get scared.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | May 14, 2011
Is it illegal or just a bad idea for a 6- or 7-year-old to ride in the front seat of a vehicle? Two police officers at my kids’ school let their kids ride in the front of their personal vehicles without a booster seat, and now my kid is begging to. I thought they had to be 12? Is the car seat law “6 years AND 60 pounds” or 6 OR 60”? And isn’t the front passenger side airbag actually a danger to such a little person? — Mom, Imperial First off, it is not illegal, but according to California High Patrol Officer Pablo Torrez it is a bad idea.
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By ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | October 27, 2011
Though Red Ribbon Week is traditionally known as a week to wear small, red ribbons in an effort to promote anti-drug efforts, only family members and certain law enforcement of the Imperial Valley know the whole story about the heroism of slain Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique Camarena.  Though different versions of Camarena's story exist those who were close to him knew Camarena for his prowess as an investigator and great father.  ...
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By Keith S. Mayberry, University of California-Imperial County Cooperative Extension | June 30, 2001
When driving up and down the streets of any city in the Valley, one can't help but notice the presence of dark green plants with an abundance of bright yellow-orange flowers. The flowers never seem to fade. For months, every time you drive by one of these magnificent plants, it is always in bloom. This plant is Caesalpinia pulcherrima (red bird of Paradise, dwarf poinciana). This plant is often improperly called the Mexican bird of paradise (C. Mexicana), a different species (described below)
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By JULIO MORALES | Staff Writer, Copy Editor | September 4, 2012
BRAWLEY - City officials expressed mixed feelings about a halfway house for federal prison inmates scheduled to open within the next few months. The residential re-entry center has been contracted to provide housing for about two dozen inmates as they seek to transition back into society. The federal Bureau of Prisons decided on establishing an RRC in the Valley some three years ago, said an official with the company contracted to run the facility, Anaheim-based Working Alternatives Inc. Bureaucratic delays kept the facility at 718 and 720 E St. from opening sooner.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | May 27, 2011
In various sites on the Internet (including your Classified section) I sometimes see a vehicle with a “salvage” title. How does this differ as compared to a “clear” title? How does it affect the ownership having a car with a salvage title? Does it affect insurance? Is it a problem trying to license a car with a salvage title? Does it affect resale value? Please, if I didn’t ask something I should have; please let me know. — Clear vs. Salvage, Brawley A salvaged vehicle is defined in the California Vehicle Code Section 11515, said Armando Botello, a spokesman with the California Department of Motor Vehicles in Sacramento.
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Imperial Valley Press Staff | January 13, 2011
To follow up on the recent Probe questions regarding the closed rest areas between El Centro and San Diego along Interstate 8, is it illegal to stop on the side of the freeway to urinate? Would I get a ticket from the California Highway Patrol? I drive frequently to San Diego, and with no rest areas when you have to go ... you go on the side of the freeway. — Can’t Hold It, El Centro This question is great, possibly destined to be a classic. Anyway, we called the local office of the California Highway Patrol and spoke with Sgt. Terry Brollini, who was really helpful and patient with our question.
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By GREG HOLT, Staff Writer | February 19, 2007
Dr. Cesar Chavez can?t legally refer a patient to an eye surgeon in Mexico, but he knows that is the best option for some of his patients. An ophthalmologist at El Centro Regional Medical Center, Chavez has performed LASIK and cataract surgery on patients in the Imperial Valley since he finished medical school at University of California, Los Angeles. Chavez recalled one patient who at age 39 had the cataracts of an elderly man and his vision had deteriorated to the point where he was nearly blind.
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Norma Vega/Universidad de California | November 24, 2011
Ante la crisis económica que ha afectado el poder adquisitivo y el crédito de millones de familias, el sistema de apartados, conocido en inglés como layaway, ha vuelto a ser un recurso popular. “Esto puede ser una buena idea, pero debe de fijarse bien en los términos del sistema de apartados porque tiene ventajas y desventajas”, señala Connie Costello, educadora de asuntos del consumidor de Extensión Cooperativa de la Universidad de California. Ella explica los puntos a favor y en contra: Entre las ventajas están: - Usted podrá aprovechar las ofertas de la tienda e ir pagando poco a poco su mercancía.  - Podrá pagar por la mercancía que puso en apartado en determinado plazo, y no tiene que hacer la compra con cargo a su tarjeta de crédito; así se evita el pago de intereses.
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