Counsel hired to review transfer agreement

EL ENTRO, Calif. – After much protest and concern, El Centro City Council has hired an attorney to give a legal opinion regarding the transfer agreement between El Centro Regional Medical Center and Planned Parenthood.

Pro lifers protested the validity of the signing.

Things that will be reviewed are.


“What options if any the hospital board has.  Issues of legality, the   constitutionality ramifications where we uphold or revoke the transfer agreement.  That’s the scope we’re looking to get,” Mayor Efrain Silva said.

In a previous interview, the IV Coalition for Life is concerned that when the agreement was signed in a closed session meeting they allege the hospital board may have violated the Brown Act.


“We simply want them to redo this in the light of public opinion and comment,” IV Coalition for Life Marty Ellett said.

With the transfer agreement,  Planned Parenthood is allowed to perform abortions at the clinic in El Centro.

The transfer agreement allows clients to be transferred to the hospital if something goes wrong during an abortion.


“Right now the best case scenario would be is to wait get the opinion look at what options are available to the council and the council will proceed from there,” Silva said.

The coalition is looking at boycotting the hospital if the transfer agreement isn’t reversed.


“No body wants to be mean spirited and do that but in order to stop this transfer agreement with Planned Parenthood, it’s one of our options,” Ellett said.


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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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