El Centro, California - Last week, the Imperial County Auditor-Controller Department received the Award for Counties Financial Transactions Reporting by the California State Controller’s Office for its year-end Financial Transaction Report for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2015.  This award was given to the Auditor-Contoller Department in recognition of the professionalism demonstrated by preparing accurate and timely financial reports.

Sacramento, California - The County of Imperial received an award notification from the California Department of Housing and Community Development that they have been awarded $3.4 million to address community needs through several projects that were included in the grant application.  The grant, originating from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will go towards ten projects that will improve public safety, facilities, services and water treatment in several communities of Imperial County.

El Centro, California - Representatives from the Imperial Irrigation District, Coachella Energy Storage Partners, electric industry leaders and local and state officials gathered near the IID energy generating station today, cutting the ribbon to mark the effective start of the district’s new battery energy storage system.

Imperial, California - The Imperial County Registrar of Voters Office is launching a new early voting program that will allow registered voters to cast their ballots prior to the November 8, 2016 Election Day from the Imperial County Department of Social Services Mobile Office.  The Mobile Office is a 36 foot RV that will visit eleven different communities throughout Imperial County on designated days to make voting more convenient and accessible.

Calexico, California - Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia in partnership with public finance industry experts will host a workshop on Thursday for public agencies in Imperial Valley seeking to expand their financing tool-box. Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFD) and the Community Revitalization Authority, also known as AB 2, will be the topics discussed during the workshop being held at the San Diego State – Calexico campus.  This will be an opportunity for staff in public finance and elected officials to learn and better understand how to utilize these financing mechanisms that could help fund public improvement projects in their community.

El Centro, California - Yesterday, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Ben Salorio as the new Chief Public Defender of the Imperial County Public Defender’s Office (ICPDO) to replace retiring Chief Public Defender Timothy Reilly who retires on October 13, 2016.  Mr. Salorio will begin serving as Chief Public Defender on October 14, 2016.