August 2008


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Sunshine on defamation

Badlands Journal continues its Sunshine period on local government with this series of correspondence regarding contributors to various lawsuits brought by the San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Center through the years, particularly contributions made by the Kelsey Family.
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Cardboard babble on the outskirts

“OUR VOICE…OUR ISSUES…OUR CONGRESSMANDENNIS CARDOZA”(who moved his family to Washington DC, taking a physician from the famously medically underserved Valley with him, leaving a whole rooftop of solar panels behind) Loose Lips: …Friday, Mar. 14, 2008Is Cardoza abandoning the Valley? Lips readers, your congressman has left the zip code.Lips has learned that the long-rumored move of Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Packing Up) is now a reality.

Raptor and POW file two suits to protect Merced River

Press release: For Immediate Use !! ******* Press release: For Immediate Use !! Raptor and POW file two suits to protect Merced River MERCED (Aug. 11, 2008) — San Joaquin Raptor Rescue Center and Protect Our Water (POW) filed two California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuits in Merced County Superior Court this week. Petitioners sued Merced County, the Merced County Board of Supervisors and Christopher Robinson, alleging four arbitrary and capricious actions of abuse of discretion in approving a series of parcel splits.

"Ploys" and "tactics"

Members of the public who make comments on projects before the Merced County Board of Supervisors are routinely chastised by supervisors for sending in their written comments late. This letter by attorney Marsh Burch explains the problem. Because the County could not produce a coherent packet of information for the July 1 board meeting, three items had to be continued.

Sunshine on MAGPI

Although Badlands began its Sunshine Week (now stretching into Sunshine Month) with Merced County government issues, members of the editorial board have been attending Merced Area Groundwater Pool Interests (MAGPI) meetings since the inception of MAGPI several years ago. We have found these meetings extremely valuable for the amount of information about the Merced area water resources, but have continually been mystified by what, if any, public-process rules, regulations or laws MAGPI follows at any given point.

Special Places for Special People

Jim Marshall, city manager of the City of Merced, intoned theologically in the UK Financial Times on Tuesday that there “should be a special place in hell for” speculators, mainly from the Bay Area, who bought McMansions in Merced, took out subprime loans and tried to flip them before the first balloon payments hit.


 8-21-08Merced Sun-StarPublic NoticeCORRECTED NOTICE PUBLIC HEARING A Public Hearing Notice for Villages of Laguna San Luis Community Plan Community Plan 07-002 Villages of Laguna San Luis Consortium NOTICE PUBLIC HEARING A Public Hearing Notice for Villages of Laguna San Luis Community Plan Community Plan 07-002 Villages of Laguna San Luis Consortiu


 8-19-08Merced Sun-StarFox makes Merced College jog magical...Victor Patton...Reporters' Notebook was running around the track at Merced College yesterday and a semi-magical moment happened: I had my first close-up glimpse of a wild fox.I know -- a lot of y’all are probably saying, "So what, big deal?"... The fox that I saw yesterday, however, was about six feet away fro


8-18-08Merced Sun-StarLetter: Is Planada's Measure O illegal?...BRYANT OWENS, DAVID C. CORSER, ELIZABETH K. MILLER...Planada Community Association Editor: We met with Superintendent Steve Gomes on Wednesday and were told that Measure O, the Planada Elementary School District general obligation bond, would require 66 percent of the vote to pass.

105 Citizen Groups Criticize Anti-Democratic Rulemaking

 For Immediate ReleaseAugust 21, 2008 Contact: Jon Hunter, Endangered Species Coalition (202) 476-0669   Tara Thornton, Endangered Species Coalition (207) 268-2108        105 Citizens Groups Criticize Anti-Democratic RulemakingBush Administration to Cripple Endangered Species Act with Little Public Input, Oversight WASHINGTON-- Today, representatives from 105 conservation and scientific organizations representing millions of American’s submitted a letter to Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez calling for increased transparency and opportuniti

Sacramento's "tortured middle way"

 Thanks to Sacramento’s man on the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Anthony Kennedy, who created the meaningless “significant nexis” to determine the connectivity of waters to navigable streams, federal resource agencies have been up a creek as far as knowing their jurisdiction to enforce the Clean Water Act.


 8-22-08Badlands Journal105 Citizen Groups Criticize Anti-Democratic RulemakingBush Administration to Cripple Endangered Species Act with Little Public Input, Oversight...Badlands Journal editorial board...Press Release...8-21-08 Immediate ReleaseAugust 21, 2008Contact: Jon Hunter, Endangered Species Coalition (202) 476-0669   Tara Thornton, Endangered Species Coalition (207)  268-2108    WASHINGTON-- Today, representatives from


 8-23-08Merced Sun-StarMID buys water from Stevinson districtPurchase should help tree, vine growers through end of season...CAROL REITER an effort to help growers trying to keep their permanent crops alive in a drought year, the Merced Irrigation District is buying water from the Stevinson Water District.Ted Selb, deputy general manager of MID, said the district will buy 2,400 acre-feet of water, and that wa


8-24-08 Modesto BeeDairy owner to pay $27,500 fine for violating waste regulations...SUSAN HERENDEEN first found waste water tinged with manure flowing into the public waterways from one of Willem Postma's dairies in 1999.They cited Postma again in 2002, twice in 2004 and four more times in 2006.In recent years, five cases involving Postma's dairies in Modesto and Oakdale have been filed in Stanislaus County Superior Court, wit


 8-25-08Merced Sun-StarUC Merced student injured after second-story fallUniversity officials say 18-year-old student had been drinking...VICTOR A.

After the fires

  8-24-08Sacramento BeeMy View: A cynical drumbeat for more loggingBy Greg King - Special To The Bee appeared in CALIFORNIA FORUM section, Page E5Even before fall rains are able to douse the flames of Northern California wildfires, the timber industry and its allies in Sacramento and Washington are maneuvering to use the fires as an excuse for more old-growth logging in national forests.The usual suspects are acting quickly to ensure unimpeded salvage logging of trees


 8-26-08Merced Sun-StarGovernor says he will sign high-speed rail bill...E.J. Schultz / Bee Capitol Bureau — Backing off his pledge to ignore legislation until there is a state budget, Gov. Schwarzenegger says he will sign a bill aimed at improving the $9.9 billion high-speed rail bond measure on the Nov.


 8-27-08Merced Sun-StarExperts doubt income increase actually happened in Merced CountySampling error blamed in a study that says salaries jumped in county...J.N.

Bayer sued over bee-killing pesticides

German Coalition Sues Bayer Over Pesticide Honey Bee DeathsEnvironment News Service (ENS), August 25 2008, Germany - The German organization Coalition against Bayer Dangers today brought legal action against Werner Wenning, chairman of the Bayer AG Board of Management, by filing a charge against him with the public prosecutor in Freiburg.The group accuses Bayer CropScience of "marketing dangerous pesticides and thereby accepting the mass death of bees all


 8-28-08Merced Sun-StarEven before new law, Merced's medical offices keep a tight lid on records...CAROL REITER medical records private just got a boost from California legislators.And local health providers say their files are already as close to snoop-free as they can make them.On Tuesday, the state Senate approved a measure that would require hospitals to draft a plan that would keep patients' records private.


 8-29-08Merced Sun-StarG Street underpass at train tracks and Campus Parkway get millions in funding...SCOTT JASON California Transportation Commission approved a $9 million award for the city that will pay half the cost to build a railroad underpass at G Street. The rest of the construction will be funded by the Redevelopment Agency, impact fees paid by developers and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.


 8-30-08Merced Sun-StarDairyman gets five-star rating by national quality-control organization...CAROL REITER Machado wanted more than to just be a successful dairyman. He also wanted to be a good steward of the land.Because of his love of the land, Machado opened his dairy to an independent environmental evaluation by the Milk & Dairy Beef Quality Assurance Center in Stratford, Iowa.