Planned Parenthood opening delayed


EL CENTRO, Calif. – According to sources within the City of El Centro, Planned Parenthood had scheduled to open on Monday and then again on Thursday.

Mayor Efrain Silva says they haven’t opened because they were denied a certification of occupancy permit.


“Planned Parenthood was notified that our Fire Chief did not approve the occupancy permit due to some discrepancies on the fire safety features of the building,” Silva said.


Planned Parenthood applied for a category B and the fire chief of El Centro says it has to be a Category and that’s why they were denied their certification occupancy.

That means the building requires different safety features.


“It has to do with fire safety capabilities, fire sprinklers and other features that provides for the safety of the patients.  It has to do with the number of people that may be consciously sedated,” Silva said.

Planned parenthood can appeal to the state fire marshall or fix the problems.


“I do know that there has been awful lot of people praying that it would not open and that abortions would not start happening over there.  Is this one of the answers to prayer?  It could very well be,” Pastor Pete Mallinger of IV Coalition for Life said.

Thousands of pro life supporters have been attending council meetings when Planned Parenthood is discussed.

They’re still waiting to hear if the transfer agreement will be reversed.

Without the transfer agreement, Planned Parenthood can’t perform abortions.

The city has hired a consultant to review the matter.


“Our prayers is that when it comes back that there will be direction that they can do something and once they get that direction we’re very helpful praying for that end,” Mallinger 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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