Merced County

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 This decision means the choice to build the train along the Pacheco Pass route will be rescinded and the impacts and alternatives thoroughly studied.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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Cardoza refuses to hold town hall meetings on health-care reform

Submitted: Aug 10, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Denny, the musician, speaks:

 

Modesto Blue Dog Democrat Dennis Cardoza, who was leaving Pelosi's office as liberals were streaming in, has more uninsured citizens in his district than any district in the nation. Cardoza, who wasn't among the four Blue Dogs who negotiated the deal but supports it, said the legislation will be "like an accordion for a long time, where members become concerned and then they get comfortable and then they become concerned. Everybody who has ever gone to the doctor has an opinion on what should be in this bill."—San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 5, 2009

 

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Medical Assistance Program emergency

Submitted: Aug 02, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Merced's Medical Assistance Program, which provides medical care to among the county's poorest residents, needs $500,000 or it will have to cut 400 patients off its eligibility list. The issue was heard at the July 21, 2009 Merced County Board of Supervisors meeting and board consideration of this issue will continue at the August 18, 2009 meeting.

 

Badlands Journal editorial board has several suggestions for the supervisors that would avoid cutting 400 patients off the MAP program, sending them to the far more expensive emergency room.

 

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Triumph of dogma over thought

Submitted: Jul 29, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

News From…

 

Congressman Dennis Cardoza

18th Congressional District of California

 Congressman Cardoza hails long-awaited House passage of PAYGO budget requirement 

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Hun vetoes Williamson Act subventions

Submitted: Jul 29, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto power Tuesday to kill a legislative compromise that would have cut the state's Williamson Act subvention to counties by 20 percent. The Hun axed it all, leaving a token $1,000 in the fund.

Reports are coming in from rural counties across the state:

"Fresno County will lose about $4.8 million in Williamson Act money ...Tulare County will lose about $3.4 million in Williamson Act money, officials said. Madera County Supervisor Frank Bigelow said his county will be out $1.3 million. 'We're either going to have to borrow the money ... or we're going to have to make cuts to police or libraries,' he said." -- Fresno Bee, July 29, 2009 (via CVSEN clipping service)

Tehama County to lose $800,000 -- Corning Observer, July 28, 2009

Eighth District Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada ... said the governor's "reduction in annual Williamson Act subventions to local governments for forgone property tax revenues, in effect, eliminates the Act and continues the assault on agriculture in California. Without this land protection program, California will likely lose more farmland to development -- something we will never be able to regain." -- Woodland Daily Democrat, July 29, 2009.

Glenn County to lose $950,000 in state subventions for land enrolled in the Williamson Act -- Orland Press-Register, July 28, 2009

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Frago and the law

Submitted: Jul 24, 2009
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Badlands Journal editorial board

7-22-09

Merced Sun-Star

http://www.mercedsunstar.com/177/story/963037.html

Letter: Patience is needed

Editor: Gary Frago made a mistake. He has admitted it and has apologized for it. Like others, I was surprised and disappointed. From serious eye-opening experiences like this, humble people can learn and grow from them.

Give Gary Frago a chance to address the issue from all angles, spiritual included. Elections are the time to select our City Council persons.

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