May 2008

One more modest proposal for a time of political bloat

No canal for Simitian yet

State Sen. Joe Simitian has been the sponsor of a new peripheral canal bill that failed in the state Assembly last week. Although Palo Alto, Simitian's hometown, gets its water from Hetch Hetchy, his district includes much of urban Santa Clara County, which gets northern California urban dwellers among the 20-25 million residents, north and south, who rely on the Delta for water.

Candidate for the 4th Supervisor District of Merced County Claudine Sherron's Responses to the Public’s Questions

Badlands dropped by City Hall tonight and caught a spirited debate between supervisor candidates running for the 2nd (City of Merced) and the 4th (rural east side) districts. The event was sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Business and Professional Women of the county. We plan an article on the debate in a few days. Meanwhile, cruising the campaign-literature table we picked up an impressive paper from Claudine Sherron, running against 4th district incumbent Deidre Kelsey. We thought it was substantial and thoughtful. --editors

Loose Cheeks, May 17, 2008

Loose Cheeks, May 17, 2008


Loose Cheeks: Hot Tips
By Lucas Smithereen
Loose Cheeks Senior Editor

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The Green Job Frame, a Loose Cheeks Special Feature

About a hundred people, many of them from Merced, got an education in UC intellectual bankruptcy this week at the old Merced Theatre during a forum on "Green Jobs." The event was organized by Kenny, the Monster UC Merced Faculty Spouse, and it featured a trio of top Bay Area speakers on everything green. After the Monster got the computers started (computer inadequacy is a hallmark of Monster Shows), we entered the world of "Framing and Reframing," a rhetorical confection created by UC Berkeley's Chomsky-Lite, Prof. George Lakoff.

Is there a bounty for Sherron campaign signs?

Incident in Winton.

Supporters of Claudine Sherron asked people at a gas station in Winton the other day if they could put up a 4-by-8-foot sign on a cyclone construction fence beside the property.

The people at the station said they could and thanked them for asking. The fence is festooned with campaign signs but the people at the station said no one else had asked permission to post them.

Sherron's supporters put up the sign.

Several days later, someone cut it down.

Farmers protest Farm Bureau board action

Thursday, May 22, 2008
Letter to the Editor, Merced Sun-Star

It must have been a slow news day for the Merced County Farm Bureau News; the banner headline read: “Farm Bureau Board of Directors Unanimously Support Longtime Champion of Agriculture”.

This endorsement in the District 4 County Supervisors’ race prompted several subscribers to toss the newspaper, unread, into the trash. At least one Farm Bureau member canceled her long-time Farm Bureau membership in disgust. I called the State FB legal office in Sacramento to ask if they condoned this situation.

Raptor Center thanks contributors

San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Center
San Joaquin Raptor/Wildlife Rescue Center
P.O. Box 778
Merced, CA 95341

The San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Center would like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge the tremendous support through the years provided by a small group of prominent officials and organizations.

The Raptor Center knows that this expression of gratitude for contributions to its projects and lawsuits is long overdue. The Raptor Center apologizes for its tardiness, but hopes these contributors will accept our gratitude.

Merced River property owners urge friends and neighbors to support Claudine Sherron for Supervisor

Merced River Property Owners Group

May 28, 2008

Update to River Property Owners and District 4 Citizens:

The purpose of this letter is to encourage you to vote for Claudine Sherron for Merced County Supervisor in District 4.

Support of Claudine Sherron has grown out of the following issues: