Merced County

What is Cardoza afraid of?

Submitted: Sep 21, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

As things stand, the CPC -- not the unreliable and unfocused Blue Dogs and certainly not the Democratic Leadership Council-aligned "New Democrats," who come with more corporate strings attached than many Republicans -- are the best strategic and practical allies that the president has. By adopting the CPC line with regard to the public option, Obama could energize the base that elected him and turn this into a real fight, bringing savvy inside-outside political operations like that of Progressive Democrats of America into the thick of the struggle and activating the crowds that turned out in cities across the country last week for the "Mad As Hell Doctors" tour on behalf of "Medicare for All." --

John Nichols, The Nation, 9-21-09

 

 

 

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William Trombley, a great journalist – 1929-2009

Submitted: Sep 20, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

We met William Trombley when the University of California, local politicians, landowners and other real estate interests, were in the process wholesale corruption of local, state and federal environmental law and regulation and the laws and regulations of public process. Trombley was always fair, his questions were informed, he followed research leads to accurate conclusions, reflected below in three articles he did on the siting and budget approvals of UC Merced.

He was the acknowledged national dean of education journalists, a reporter who had covered the University of California from the time of Mario Savio and Clark Kerr to UC Merced.

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Corruption at the Department of Interior

Submitted: Sep 19, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The federal Justice Department is looking into the alleged corruption of former Interior Secretary Gale Norton. Under Norton, Interior’s corruption reached baroque proportions, particularly in issues involving California, as stories beneath indicate. For underlying documentation, readers are urged to consult Interior’s Office of Inspector General’s special reports at http://www.doioig.gov/index.php?menuid=2&viewid=-1&viewtype=REPORT&pgid=598&rpttype=special

 

 

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The price of dirt, Part 5 -- the Medical Assistance Program, Auditor/Controller Report, and budget passage

Submitted: Sep 16, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Item 22: Health, Reconvening the Beilenson Hearing of Medical Assistance Program

 

Chairwoman Deidre Kelsey: We will reconvene the Beilenson hearing and I’ll have Mr. Volanti get us back on track.

 

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The price of dirt, Part 2

Submitted: Sep 08, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

 

Next the supervisors took up state cuts to funds provided through Proposition 1A (2006, Legislature’s ability to divert gas tax funds for other uses, treating the diversion as a termed loan). Assistant CEO Brown told the supervisors that the state has taken $6.1 million in county funds. It’s a loan the state has to pay back by June 2013. However, the supervisors could choose to securitize the loan and get the county’s money back this year in the market, Brown suggested. The caveat is that because of the creditworthiness of the state, the security instrument may be discounted so deeply in the market that it may be a significant hit. At this point, the CEO’s office was asking authorization to explore securitization.

 

Securitization would mean that the loan, presumably a cash-flow producing asset, would be packaged into a security instrument and sold to investors.

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The price of dirt, Part 1

Submitted: Sep 07, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Part 1.

 

“Put your faith in the people who have been here from the beginning and have always paid their taxes while others come and go and cost us all money.” – Diana Westmoreland Pedrozo, executive director, Merced County Farm Bureau

 

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High-speed rail EIR inadequate

Submitted: Aug 27, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Planning and Conservation League

August 26, 2009                                                                             

 

Court Supports Claims that the High Speed Rail Authority's Environmental Review is Faulty

 

Sacramento - Today Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny issued a decision supporting contentions by the Planning and Conservation League and other plaintiffs that the California High-Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) did not adequately study the potential impacts before choosing the Pacheco Pass route into the Bay Area from the Central Valley. This decision means the choice to build the train along the Pacheco Pass route will be rescinded and the impacts and alternatives thoroughly studied.

 

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Cardoza, gutless wonder

Submitted: Aug 26, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The visit from Hoyer highlights Cardoza's pull in Washington at a time when he's facing vocal critics at home. It's also notable that he didn't invite San Francisco-based Pelosi, who could have tarnished his reputation as a Blue Dog -- fiscally conservative -- Democrat. -- Merced Sun-Star, Aug. 26, 2009

First, from Cardoza's twisted viewpoint, it would make more sense to bring the Majority Leader from Maryland rather than the Speaker from California, since Cardoza lives in Maryland.

Second, former Rep. Gary Condit, D-Ceres, brought Rep. Nancy Pelosi to one of his congressional breakfasts in 2000. She was just as liberal as she is now and wasn't even the Speaker yet. And she brought Dolores Huerta with her. Condit was one of the founders of the Blue Dog Coalition. So, once again, we have the Gutless Wonder in action.

Badlands predicts that any member of the Berryhill family capable of tying his shoelaces will take this bozo in 2010. Cardoza's elementary failure to show the minimal solidarity of continuing to live in the district he represents as it goes through massive economic trauma -- his whole cut-and-run attitude -- has made him despised by the people who voted for him. His idea of a district visit is meetings and calls with local fat cats and a drop-in to the editorial boards.

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Frago, round two

Submitted: Aug 17, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

On August 12, the Atwater City Council held its second meeting on how to avoid dealing with the rampant racism within its city hall and within the town. The two agenda items that were supposed to smooth this over were:

 

3.1 Consideration of a Letter Expressing the City Council’s Disapproval of Former Mayor Pro Tempore Frago’s Actions in Forwarding Inappropriate Emails to City Staff

 

4.1 Selection of a City Council Member to serve as Mayor Pro Tempore (i.e. instead of Frago, the present mayor pro tempore)

 

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