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Gas Prices Continue to Climb

The average price of gasoline in the region saw one of the largest one-month leaps since 2000, the Automobile Club of Southern California said Friday. Statewide, the average price of regular gasoline was $4.22, up…












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By Mario Conde The Imperial County Board of Supervisors endorsed the expansion of the Recycling Market Development Zone at their regular Tuesday meeting. The cities of Chula Vista and San Diego, along with the County of San Diego are considering expansion of the Recycling Market Development Zones currently operating within San Diego County, to now include Imperial County. RMDZs were established by the State to combine recyclable materials with business development and expansion, creating green jobs, and developing local markets for materials diverted from landfills. The RMDZ program does this by providing businesses with low interest business loans, offering free technical assistance, material sourcing assistance, and marketing of products made with recycled content. There are approximately 33 zones throughout the State administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. Expansion would include the cities of Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Westmorland and unincorporated County of Imperial. During the expansion process the name of this program will be changed to the more inclusive San Diego/Imperial Valley Border Region Recycling Market Development Zone. The proposed expansion the South San Diego RMDZ will include the cities of Coronado, El Cajon, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Santee, the City of San Diego and unincorporated San Diego County sough of the interstate 8 freeway as well as the County of Imperial. Cities and counties must meet a 50 percent reduction in landfill waste disposal as mandated in the California Integrated Waste Management Act. Lynn Fran representing the City of Chula Vista, the lead agency under CEQA, was at the meeting Tuesday and said that this will be a benefit for all the border region to that will benefit the County and bring jobs to the County. Supervisor Gary Wyatt said that this is a great opportunity since the County of Imperial wants existing and new recycling-based manufacturing businesses locating within the County to be eligible for technical and financial incentives associated with the RMDZ program. The Board of Supervisors approved this item 5-0. In other news, the Board ratified the approval of Seaport Airlines for the Essential Air Services using “Option 3” which consists of 17 weekly roundtrips to San Diego and 12 weekly roundtrips to Burbank in the Cessna Caravan 9 seat aircraft. The Air Company will replace SkyWest Airlines at the beginning of 2013.

By Mario Conde The Imperial County Board of Supervisors endorsed the expansion of the Recycling Market Development Zone at their regular Tuesday meeting. The cities of Chula Vista and San Diego, along with the County…