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Do You Really Stand For What Trump Believes? Print E-mail
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Written by Common Sense   
Sunday, 18 September 2016 08:54
EDITORIAL - You say you are voting for Donald Trump. He stands in front of dozens of flags and tells people that he will pay court costs when a white man sucker punches a black man. You say nothing.

His vice president candidate refuses to call DAVID DUKE deplorable. You say nothing.He calls POWs losers. You say nothing. He calls Mexicans rapists and in front of those flags he advocates violating constitutional religious freedom protections. In front of American flags ... and you say nothing.
California Supreme Court Curbs Responses to Anti-SLAPP Motions Print E-mail
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Written by BB&K Legal Alerts   
Thursday, 11 August 2016 08:33

EDITORIAL - Individual elected officials are exercising their right to free speech when they cast their votes — even if those votes might be the result of corruption or based in a conflict of interest, the California Supreme Court has decided. The opinion, handed down Monday, includes an in-depth analysis of the State’s anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) law. The law is designed to end lawsuits that chill the right to speak on issues of public concern.

The opinion in City of Montebello v Vasquez stems from an allegedly tainted waste disposal contract for the City of Montebello. Amid allegations of votes purchased with campaign contributions, recall elections and a referral to the District Attorney, a private citizen sued the City to invalidate the contract under Government Code section 1090, asserting it was the product of bribery — campaign contributions offered and then delivered.

Madera Supervisor's Secret $100,000 Salary Raise Made Public Print E-mail
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Written by Jack W Porter, Jr.   
Tuesday, 09 August 2016 22:48
EDITORIAL - Open government meetings is the most fundamental way for the public to stay informed as to what their representatives are doing on their behalf. When a government agency tries to hide their votes behind the curtain of an illegal closed session agenda item and the public finds out the item did not meet the criteria of a private meeting, trust in our public officials is lost.

Case in point the July 12th meeting of the Madera County Board of Supervisors where a closed session item was listed on the agenda for the reviewing of salaries for the elected department heads (Auditor, Tax Collector, Assessor, Sheriff and District Attorney) as well as the five members of the Madera County Board of Supervisors. They were going to hide behind a closed session meeting in a back room and discuss how much more money they wanted to pay themselves.

City Planning Commission Punishes Success If You Have The Wrong Last Name Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Sunday, 24 July 2016 14:45

City Attempts To Shut Down Sixty Year Old Gym
to Make Room For Planet Fitness

EDITORIAL - There is an interesting thing about access at the Madera City Hall. Certain last names seem to be able to open doors to projects that get very little oversight from the planning commission. If your name is Dave Berry and you want to add another row of houses to a subdivision, the city doesn't mind rerouting major thoroughfares around the extra backyards and fences. If you want to build a three story bank that is two stories taller than any other building in the area and it over looks the private backyards of a residential subdivision, that's no problem either.

In the 1980's if your name is DaSilva and you want to build a gym that you just purchased from a city councilman and mayor, the parking requirements that every other business would be required to follow won't be applied to you. After all you are Lee DaSilva and you just built the expansion to the Memorial Stadium at Madera High School with dangerously small steps to the VIP seating and no one cared about that.

MADERA BOS SECRET MEETINGS: County Electeds Not Employees Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 21:29

EDITORIAL - An item appeared on the Madera County Board of Supervisor's agenda that made a few heads turn this week. Apparently there is a new group of unrepresented employees who need to negotiate their salaries and benefits in closed session this year, the Board of Supervisors.

Item "2-f" was a request for a closed session discussion which had something to do with labor negotiations pursuant to the California Government Code Section 54957.6. The county labor management was going to be represented by Chief Administrative Officer Eric Fleming and his deputy from Human Relations, Adrienne Calip. The unrepresented employees were each of the board of supervisors, Assessor Gary Svanda, Auditor Todd Miller, Recorder/Clerk Rebecca Martinez, District Attorney David Linn, Sheriff Jay Varney and Treasurer Tracy Kennedy. Here after known as "The Electeds".


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