Fundraiser for Measure C: Be there or be unsimple

Submitted: Sep 29, 2010
Badlands Journal editorial board

The Badlands Journal editorial board fully supports Measure C, which will be on the November 2010 ballot, and the board wishes to help publicize and support a fund-raising event that will contribute to the campaign. After a month of serious dialogue about what the measure actually says and might mean, board members Uncle Henry, the Dull-Witted Boy, Li'l Hector, and the Dull-Witted Boy's Mother, won the day. In fact, it was the Dull-Witted Boy's Mother that finished the dispute while waiting on the editorial board's breakfast table the other day.

"It's simple. Save farmland. What's your order? Special's an ortega-chili pepper 'n jack omelette -- six ninety-five," she said.

Measure C authors and supporters are holding a dinner to raise funds for the campaign to pass MERCED COUNTY CITIZEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE ON EXPANSION OF RESIDENTIAL AREAS INITIATIVE. The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Marchini and Giampaoli families' Bear Creek Pumpkin Patch on Plainsburg Road near Planada.

The featured speaker of the evening will be famous Fresno author, Mark Arax, (In my Father's Name, The King Of California: J. G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire, and West of the West).

At the kickoff event for this initiative campaign, held in Merced on April 26, 2006 by Merced Citizens for Quality Growth, Arax informed the audience that his mentor, William Saroyan, had told him as a young writer to keep it simple. Arax should fit right in with Measure C's authors and supporters, who never fail to say that Measure C "is simple."

Even the directions to the event are simple:

Take Highway 99 to Merced, head east on Highway 140 towards Yosemite, turn right on Plainsburg Road near Planada. After 3 miles turn left on Baxters Avenue. Follow signs short distance to Bear Creek Pumpkin Patch at the Fox Creek Ranch.

From Chowchilla, take Highway 99 North to Plainsburg Road. Turn right, go 3 miles to Le Grand Road stop sign. Continue straight for 1 mile, turn right on Baxters Avenue. Follow signs short distance to Bear Creek Pumpkin Patch at the Fox Creek Ranch.

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