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.
From: SJRRC []
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2008 5:39 PM
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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.