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Has the MUSD Board of Trustees Violated the Brown Act? Print E-mail
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Written by Jack Porter, Jr.   
Thursday, 30 April 2015 20:46

EDITORIAL - Just a few days after the law firm of Garcia, Hernandez, Sawhney & Bermudez, LLP held an 'Ethics Laws and Legal Principles for Public Service and Board Governance' workshop for the Madera Unified Board of Trustees, it looks like the board's clerk may have already violated the Ralph M. Brown Act.

Last month, in a sold-out board room which included an outdoor theater for overflow viewers,  the board voted to send Superintendent Ed Gonzales, Associate Superintendent Victor Villar, the executive cabinet and the board of trustees to harassment and bullying training. However in a secret vote in closed session at last Tuesda's board meeting, the board voted to reverse their action absolving the executive cabinet and board of trustees from the training.However, Gonzales and Villar are still on the hot seat for training no one outside of the Gang of Four (Trustee Brent Fernandes, Trustee Al Galvez, Trustee Robert E. Garibay and board president Maria Velarde-Garcia) feel they deserve.

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Little League President Threatens Legal Action Against BVN Print E-mail
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Written by Jack Porter, Jr.   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:40
Photo from www.maderafb.com - Limited use under Fair Use DoctrineParks Admin Ignore ADA Issues With Baseball Complex Remodel

EDITORIAL - People should really not thrust themselves into the public arena unless they can stand the spotlight. A person cannot step-up to run a public organization that benefits hundreds of kids in this community then complain when they are being held accountable for or find that some disagree with their actions. Case in point, Steven Barsotti of Foster Parker Insurance, a two year board member and now president of the Madera National Little League.

At a parent meeting at Lincoln Elementary last month over one hundred Little League parents attended to hear changes to the league and meet their new board of directors. After the league's umpire coordinator Mark Palacios spoke, parents were asked if they had any questions. Out of the over one hundred people there, only one parent spoke up.

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Board President Plays the Victim - Community Doesn't Buy It Print E-mail
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Written by Jack Porter Jr.   
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 22:43

UPDATED 9:00am 2/25/2015

EDITORIAL - Political apathy seemed to disappear from Madera at least for one night at the Madera Unified School District's board of trustee meeting. Board president Maria Garcia and her puppet master, Bob Garibay, made their second attempt to remove Superintendent Ed Gonzales from his job in the last two months. This time, however, they met a little resistance from something called THE COMMUNITY.

The strings that Bob uses to control Maria must have been broken last night because Garibay was controlling the show, while Garcia, like a good dummy, just sat quietly in her chair. From the start Garibay wanted the community to know that all of the hubbabaloo was about a typo on the boards closed session agenda.

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Obamacare Print E-mail
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Written by Glenn Mollette   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 13:29

EDITORIAL - There are two good points to Obamacare. Insurance for Americans with preexisting conditions is vital to saving some Americans from financially drowning. Also, not dropping an individual's health insurance because he gets sick is also crucial. Making insurance available for America's very down and out is not a bad thing. However, this is only expanded Medicaid. Helping people to become well, productive, get off Medicaid, work a job and pay insurance premiums must be the goal of every state.

 

So far here is what Obamacare has done for me beginning January 1 of this year. My premium increased over $250 per month. I now pay 10% of all my medical bills. For example, if my hospital bill is $100,000 I will pay my deductible plus another $10,000. My routine prescription cost has increased.  Now, there will always be a charge per prescription. Before January 1, once I met my deductible my prescriptions were free. I don't like using the word free because they weren't really free. My premium was plenty last year as well.

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MUSD Board Leadership: A Train Wreck Waiting to Happen Print E-mail
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Written by Jack W Porter, Jr.   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 23:54
***UPDATE BELOW****

EDITORIAL - I don't think the term "Train Wreck" is strong enough to describe how far off course the Madera Unified School District Board of Trustees are heading this year. The leadership on the board is inexperienced or worse, a puppet for fellow board member Robert Garibay.

This week board president Maria Velarde-Garcia called a special meeting for two items, new attorneys for the school district and an item approving training for the staff at Madera High School. The second item passed with very little fanfare, the first was proof that our current board president is in way over her head.

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