AUGUST 1, 2013 – Richard Mendoza, the former CEO of PMHD in Brawley, California, pled guilty to embezzling more than $90,000 from the Pioneers Hospital. According to court documents, Mendoza served as CEO of PMHD from October 2001, until his termination in November 2011. Mendoza’s embezzlement activity was initially discovered by Pioneers in the fall of 2011, during an annual audit of expenses and disbursements.
AUGUST 2, 2013 – A judge had approved the QSA water deal between the farmers of the Imperial Valley and the cities of San Diego County — hailed as the largest sale of water from farms to cities in the nation. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly on Wednesday affirmed his tentative ruling from June, which upheld the 2003 deal between the Imperial Irrigation District and the San Diego County Water Authority.
AUGUST 3, 2013 – A student film crew shooting a robbery scene at a Glendora coffee shop were almost fired on by police who believed an actual crime was taking place. The incident happened at Classic Coffee on North Glendora Avenue around 7:20 a.m. Thursday, August 3, 2013. Passerby Linda Bergslien said that she thought she was witnessing a robbery and feared for her life. She immediately called 911. “They had masks on, and the one had a gun in his hand, and it was clear they were ready to enter the building,” she said.
Eight officers responded to the scene. A sergeant and two officers stormed into the coffee shop and saw what appeared to be two armed men. Police said one suspect froze and didn’t drop his weapon. One officer got ready to shoot when another intervened. “When he didn’t drop the gun, one of the officers reached out and pulled the gun out of his hand,” said Capt. Tim Staab of the Glendora Police Department.
Seconds later, the sergeant saw a camera, and the actors explained they were shooting a short film. Police said the crew didn’t pull any permits and didn’t notify cops of the filming. Because it was a small production, there were no signs of a movie shoot. The actors also removed or blackened the orange tips on their toy guns. “It was extremely reckless and thank goodness our officers responded in the right way,” said Staab.
AUGUST 4, 2013 – A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans. Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.
AUGUST 5, 2013 – New administration walked the halls of Barbara Worth Junior High School in the fall of 2013, as the board approved the hiring of a new principal and vice principal. Terri Mason, past principal of De Anza Magnet School and a San Diego State University graduate took the helm with the assist of Brawley native Andy Burnett in the VP position. Mason was one of many applicants for the job. She will be overseeing the campus as it adds several features including the much anticipated new gym and large shade structures for the P.E. classes.