High cost of doing business? Cannabis tax plan set for June 5 vote

EL CENTRO — A series of taxes on the local cannabis industry will be up for county voter approval June 5. The Imperial County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a resolution to establish general taxes on the developing industry. The proposed taxes are 8 percent on retail sales, a 5 percent tax on the... Continue Reading →

Local reactions strong to Florida shootings

EL CENTRO — The impact of the Feb. 14 shootings at a Parkland, Fla., high school appears to be similar locally as it has been across the nation. Some have become inspired to become more active in the gun debate. Others have seemed determined to imitate the threats. Only two days after the Florida shooting,... Continue Reading →

IID to seek alternatives on appeal

EL CENTRO — Following nearly two hours of discussion, the Imperial Irrigation District opted against the withdrawal of an appeal at the appellate court level following the repeal of the district’s Equitable Distribution Plan two weeks ago. Instead, IID will seek to engage in discussions with Michael Abatti, a local farmer who initiated the legal... Continue Reading →

IID/ZGlobal probe has expanded, DA says

The current probe into the conflict of interest allegations between the Imperial Irrigation District and ZGlobal has expanded according to Imperial County District Attorney Gilbert Otero. Though he couldn’t provide additional details, Otero told the Imperial Valley Press his office is now looking at other possible wrongdoings outside the initial conflict of interest matters. Otero... Continue Reading →

Federal budget includes Calexico POE

CALEXICO — On Monday, the White House unveiled President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.4 trillion budget for the fiscal year 2019 which includes $276 million for the second phase of the Land Port of Entry expansion project here. “It’s wonderful news,” said District 1 Supervisor John Renison following the announcement. “We’re not at the goal-line yet,... Continue Reading →

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