Imperial, California - The Imperial Irrigation District appeared before Imperial County Superior Court Judge Brooks Anderholt, Tuesday, to defend itself in a contempt-of-court lawsuit filed by farmer Mike Abatti. This is an extension of the litigation brought against the district by Abatti in 2013 that challenged IID’s Equitable Distribution Plan, and is currently on appeal before the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

Calexico, California - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector stop a dangerous human smuggling attempt near the American Canal Wednesday afternoon.

El Centro, California - Friday morning, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled California’s $222 billion spending plan for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.  This marks the official beginning of the State budget process, which will culminate with the Legislature’s approval of a State budget in mid-June.  Included in the plan is the proposal for investments in the New River and Salton Sea.

Imperial, California - The Imperial County Area Agency on Aging is hosting its 15th Annual Senior Appreciation Day on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Imperial Valley Fairgrounds Casa de Mañana Building.  This event is free to seniors and their caregivers.  There will be food, workshops, activities and door prizes.  Pure Inspiration and Calexico Ladies Danzon group will provide live entertainment.  Rosie Blankenship, Area Agency on Aging Director, encourages older adults and their caregivers to participate, “You won’t want to miss the announcement of the Senior Volunteer of the Year. 

El Centro, California - On January 4, 2020, at 3:21 a.m. the Imperial Police Department responded to a battery investigation involving an El Centro officer. The preliminary investigation resulted in the arrest of Alejandra Hurtado. She was ultimately booked on multiple charges.

Imperial, California - Since 2007, as a result of agreements associated with the 2007 Colorado River Interim Guidelines, the Imperial Irrigation District has had the ability to store conserved water with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.