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    Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Following the June 28 Niland Fire that county officials said resembled a war zone, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning authorized funds to assist the community after declaring an emergency for the small town. The declaration is needed to allow the county to use money from the Community and Agricultural Benefit funds to begin the process of cleaning up the town.
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Friday, July 03, 2020
    IMPERIAL – Recreational cannabis use was approved by the City Council during its regular meeting Wednesday after it voted 3-1 in support of the required zoning text and ordinance amendments. The council’s vote, with Councilman Robert Amparano dissenting and Councilman James Tucker absent, followed a public hearing that had relatively little discussion and few public comments.
    Categories: Community, City of El Centro / City Council, General News Article
    Thursday, July 02, 2020
    CALIPATRIA — The Calipatria PAL building on North Railroad Road here has been utilized as a hub for collecting donated essential items for victims of the fifth-alarm fire that occurred Sunday in Niland. Tables, boxes and bags loaded with donated clothing, dry food and hygiene items now fill the building’s main room.
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Wednesday, July 01, 2020
    EL CENTRO – In what it described as an effort to promote transparency, the El Centro Police Department on Monday released some body-worn camera footage of the fatal Dec. 29, 2019, officer-involved shooting (OIS) of a knife-wielding El Centro man who had advanced on officers. Graphic clips of the body-worn camera footage appeared within a seven-minute video the department shared on its Facebook ...read more
    Categories: Community, City of El Centro / City Council, General News Article
    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    L CENTRO — Late Monday evening the Imperial County Board of Supervisors announced its plan to appease Gov. Gavin Newsom’s strong recommendation that the county hit the reset button on its reopening. Supervisors held a closed meeting Monday afternoon and county officials later met with representatives of state to propose a series of actions to continue mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 in ...read more
    Categories: Community, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, General News Article
    Monday, June 29, 2020
    NILAND — On Monday, the county of Imperial, working with other local agencies, will open a Local Assistance Center (LAC) to assist individuals and families displaced by Sunday’s fire in the township of Niland. The fire reportedly destroyed 28 homes and displaced 154 individuals, the Imperial County Fire Department stated.   A LAC is a one-stop-shop with critical government and support services ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Monday, June 29, 2020
    IMPERIAL – A local real estate broker who’s in talks with the property owner of the stalled hotel project at the corner of Neckel Road and Highway 86 recently requested the city’s assistance in helping move the project forward. Ray Roben went before the City Council during its June 17 meeting and said the property owner has been having difficulty attracting a hotel operator that is willing to ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Sunday, June 28, 2020
    EL CENTRO — An online concert Saturday raised $40,000 for COVID-19 relief. The concert was put together by the El Centro Regional Medical Center Foundation on behalf of its COVID-19 emergency fund.
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Saturday, June 27, 2020
    EL CENTRO — El Centro Police Officer Efren Coronel was laid to rest during a private memorial service Friday. Known largely for his nearly 24 years as an ECPD officer, Coronel died on June 3 from medical complications related to COVID-19.
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Saturday, June 27, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday wants Imperial County to stay at home, and plenty of people aren’t happy about it. Newsom said he was concerned about Imperial County's high rate of positive tests and its stressed hospital system. He has already sent the National Guard to help. He said the decision on the stay-home order will be up to county supervisors, but if they can't agree “I am ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Friday, June 26, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been kind to the Imperial County film industry. Imperial County Film Commission Director Charla Teeters told the Board of Supervisors earlier this week the county has lost more than $2 million since the pandemic began in earnest more than three months ago.
    Categories: Economic, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, Community, General News Article
    Friday, June 19, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors in less than two weeks will decide whether to launch a second wave of loans to small businesses and how best to structure it. Like the first round of loans, the loans would come from $500,000 taken from the Community and Agriculture Benefit Fund accounts.
    Categories: Community, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, General News Article
    Thursday, June 11, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Even as most California hospitals have avoided an incapacitating surge in coronavirus patients, some facilities near the Mexican border have been overwhelmed. They include El Centro Regional Medical Center here and Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista in San Diego County, which link the spike in COVID-19 patients to their communities’ cross-border lifestyle. Some U.S. citizens and ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article