Probe: March 12, 2001

March 12, 2001

QUESTION: Don't you think it's time you found out something about the voter fraud in the November election? It's time to let the public know what's going on with the case.

I know the DA has the evidence in his office now. What are they going to do about it? — Election Watcher, Imperial

We can't say for sure because we don't know what if anything the DA's investigation revealed. Maybe it's time to tell us.

We are not talking here about dimpled chads and the election of the leader of the free world.

We're talking about a contest for the Imperial County Board of Supervisors. It was not a close race. Joe Maruca clobbered David Dhillon.


Four months ago the District Attorney's office reported it was investigating possible absentee voter fraud involving seven absentee ballots sent to an El Centro motel.

In November that was heady stuff, our own election scandal.

We haven't told you anything because there hasn't been much to tell.

Assistant District Attorney Joe Beard said, "We're still investigating. It's not appropriate to be discussing it at this point."

However, he did say the case is on his desk now.

"I just don't know the significance of what we've found," he said. "If this happened in Marin County, would it be significant?"

QUESTION: I live in Calexico and drive on Dogwood Road every morning. There is a rough railroad crossing on Dogwood just north of Commercial Avenue in El Centro.

One day I hit that crossing at 20 mph and almost knocked out the front end of my vehicle. I called Union Pacific but it didn't seem to care.

What do I do now? — Wobbled, Calexico

Maybe we have a better number for you, (800) 848-8715. To make sure it still works, we called it. We reached a man in Nebraska who promised to relay your complaint to the railroad maintenance manager in the El Centro area.

If they don't fix the crossing in a few days, call again, he said. You also can call us and we'll do it for you.

By the way, that number should work regarding any rough railroad crossing. We went to a lot of trouble to get it, so write it down.

CHANGED THE SIGN — We changed our sign to promote our "family night" at Mama's Place. — Mama's Employee, Imperial

Great! But remember, PROBE readers, that's Mama's sign and she can do anything she wants with it.

HOME AGAIN — I know you like newspapers from foreign countries so I picked up some for you while I was in South Africa. You will notice there is almost as much news about the United States as South Africa. — First Born, Willow Springs

We did notice. The Johannesburg Star gave as much coverage to the campus shootings in Santee as did the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Unfortunately South Africans know a lot more about us than we know about them. So does the rest of the world.

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