News Releases

City of Imperial News Releases

The City of Imperial would like to advise the public that beginning January 16, 2018 Myrtle Road, south of Aten Blvd, will be closed for construction. The closure is due to the Aten Sidewalk Phase 1 project. The goal of the project is to improve and beautify the area. The project is expected to last for three weeks. Residents and business owners will have access to Myrtle road from La Brucherie Avenue, Treshill and Wall Road(s). This section of Myrtle Road is scheduled to re-open February 6, 2018.


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On Friday, December 8, 2017 during the annual Imperial Police Department uniform inspection, City Manager Stefan Chatwin announced that as of December 21, 2017 (pending Council Action) that Acting Deputy Chief Leonard J. Barra would become Chief of Police and Acting Deputy Chief Mario Luna would be promoted to Captain.

Road Work Ahead

IMPERIAL, CA: The City of Imperial has several road/pavement improvement projects scheduled to begin this week starting tomorrow, November 29, 2017. Drivers can expect delays in the following areas:

Aten Blvd: Vilore Way to Austin Road: November 29-December 8, 2017, pavement improvements;

Dogwood Road: Aten Blvd to South City Limit (Treshill Canal) Thursday November 30 – December 8, 2017, pavement improvements;

Community "Walk with Ease" Program

The City of Imperial Department of Community Services is happy to announce our new “Walk with Ease” community program. This program is part of a collaborative effort with the Arthritis Foundation. “This exercise program is believed to reduce pain and improve overall health.”The program will begin on November 27, 2017 and continue for six (6) weeks through January 3, 2018. Classes will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. Spots are limited; individuals wanting to participate are encouraged to call (760) 355-3316 to register today.

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News Release: Traffic Advisory In Effect for South Imperial Avenue September 5-26, 2017

A Traffic Advisory is in effect for drivers headed south on Imperial Avenue. Access to SR 86 south of 1st street will be closed to thru traffic starting September 5-26, 2017. This road closure is due to regular maintenance work being performed by SoCal Gas Company in conjunction with the City’s Public Services Department. Drivers are encouraged to use 2nd street to access SR 86 during this time.


IMPERIAL, CA: June 13, 2017, at about 0931 hours, Officer’s from the Imperial Police Department were dispatched to 500 Block of Sunflower Way in reference to a suspicious circumstances call. Comments of the call indicated that the reporting party advised that gunshots were heard in the early morning hours, however after looking outside they did not notice anything unusual. When they awoke in the morning the reporting party advised they had located several bullet holes in their vehicle that was parked in the driveway of the residence. 

California Safest Cities

IMPERIAL, CA: The SafeWise Report Announces the 50 Safest Cities in California and Imperial is once again #1! This is the second year in a row that SafeWise has named Imperial as being the #1 Safest City to live, work and play.  SafeWise is the second, independent agency to name Imperial as the safest city in California. In February of 2017 the National Council of Home Safety and Security awarded Imperial with the same honor.

Deputy Chief Leonard J. Barra said, “The Imperial Police Department will never stop fighting the good fight. We will continue to keep the citizens of Imperial safe as that is our top priority.  We would like to thank the men and women who risk their lives every day in trying to meet this goal. This recognition should not only be shared with the Imperial Police Department, but also with the citizens of Imperial who get involved in keeping our community safe.  The City of Imperial is a great example of what can happen when law enforcement and the community work together to meet a goal through communication, respect, and setting priorities.”   

Repairs Aten Boulevard east of SR86

On JUNE 15 2017, The City of Imperial and Union Pacific Railroad will be performing maintenance repairs to the railroad track located on Aten Boulevard, east of SR 86, in Imperial, Ca. (East) Aten Boulevard is expected to be closed from 7am to 5pm, or until the project is completed. Drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes to their destinations on that day. Detours will be posted for east and west traffic.