July 2009

Salazar Announces Aid to Valley Agribusiness, But Doesn’t Endorse Canal...

6-29-09
San Francisco Bay Area Indymedia

Salazar Announces Aid to Valley Agribusiness, But Doesn’t Endorse Canal

Before a crowd of over 800 people, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on June 28 announced steps the Obama Administration is taking in response to agribusiness claims of drought impacts on the San Joaquin Valley...Dan Bacher 
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/06/29/18604617.php

7-2-09

 
7-2-09
Badlands Journal
And once again we approach the topic of leadership...Badlands Journal editorial board
http://www.badlandsjournal.com/2009-07-01/007301
In May, Merced County official unemployment rate fell to 17.3 percent. -- Badlands
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Merced County Economic Development Corporation
The New California      

7-3-09

 
7-3-09
Merced Sun-Star
HUD secretary announces possible help for homeowners in trouble...SCOTT JASON
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/167/v-print/story/932553.html
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan stood Thursday in front of two foreclosed houses on Saddleback Court to reiterate his plan to offer more help to the nation's distressed homeowners.

7-4-09

 
7-4-09
Merced Sun-Star
Calif. bullet train hits criticism on SF Peninsula...STEVE LAWRENCE, Associated Press Writer
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/280/v-print/story/933361.html
MENLO PARK, Calif. Last November, more than 60 percent of voters on the San Francisco Peninsula supported a $9.9 billion bond measure to help pay for a high-speed rail line between San Francisco and the Los Angeles area.

7-6-09

 
7-6-09
Merced Sun-Star
Water officials fear Calif. Aqueduct could sink...TRACIE CONE, Associated Press Writer
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/280/v-print/story/935376.html
FRESNO, Calif. - Fearing the main canal carrying drinking water to millions of Southern Californians is sinking again, water officials are monitoring the effects of incessant agricultural pumping from the aquifer that runs under the aqueduct.

The fatuous anxiety of the banks

Several of the state's leading banks, meanwhile, said they would accept the IOUs, formally known as registered warrants, but only until July 10. Others had not decided yet.
"Given the poor credit rating of California – the worst in the nation – banks may be hesitant to extend credit to the state," Rod Brown, president and CEO of the California Bankers Association, said in a prepared release. -- Sacramento Bee, July 3, 2009

Costoza in flames

In an aggressive new tack, the National Republican Congressional Committee on Wednesday began running a 60-second radio ad attacking Reps. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, and Jim Costa, D-Fresno. The ad running throughout the week links the two Democrats to systemic irrigation-water shortages.
"Cardoza and Costa can't persuade Democrat leaders to change radical environmental laws," the ad intones. "So while the congressmen fail ... the Valley goes dry." -- Fresno Bee, July 2, 2009

7-8-09

 
7-8-09
Badlands Journal
Costoza in flames...Badlands Journal editorial board
http://www.badlandsjournal.com/2009-07-07/007309
In an aggressive new tack, the National Republican Congressional Committee on Wednesday began running a 60-second radio ad attacking Reps. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, and Jim Costa, D-Fresno. The ad running throughout the week links the two Democrats to systemic irrigation-water shortages.

7-9-09

 
7-9-09
Badlands Journal
A state bank for California?...Badlands Journal editorial board
http://www.badlandsjournal.com/
Since 1919 North Dakota has had a state bank, one the state government owns. North Dakota and neighboring Montana are the only two states in the nation this year that don't have budget deficits.

7-11-09

 
7-11-09
Merced Sun-Star
University chief proposes furloughs to cut costs...TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press Writer. Italic...Merced Sun-Star
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/109/v-print/story/944543.html
OAKLAND, Calif. Tens of thousands of University of California employees would be forced to take furloughs and lose pay under a plan proposed Friday to offset deep funding cuts to the 10-campus system.

7-12-09

 
7-12-09
Modesto Bee
Jardine: To say closures help UC just a lie...Jeff Jardine
http://www.modbee.com/local/v-print/story/778943.html
There's an old joke about a student from Texas who got lost during his first day at Harvard University.
He sees a dignified-looking gentleman walking toward him and, in his Texas drawl, asks, "Can y'all tell me where the library's at?"

California water: some recent theological texts

Every culture has its sacred texts. Chinese, the Sumerians, Indians, Persians, Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, Arabs -- and on and on. You name the culture and we'll name the sacred text -- from the I Ching to the Koran and beyond. It is the world's greatest literature,
the true treasury of the deepest human values and highest human visions.
 

7-13-09

 
 
7-13-09
Badlands Journal
California water: some recent theological texts...Badlands Journal editorial board
http://www.badlandsjournal.com/2009-07-12/007317
Every culture has its sacred texts. Chinese, the Sumerians, Indians, Persians, Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, Arabs -- and on and on. You name the culture and we'll name the sacred text -- from the I Ching to the Koran and beyond. It is the world's greatest literature,

A brace of choirboys: God and Water in California

 
 

The situation is desperate. By formally requesting the Obama administration to convene the God Squad, the governor would be following through on his promise to fight on behalf of California farmers, farmworkers, businesses and all water consumers.…”Arnold should call in the God Squad,” By Brandon M. Middleton and Damien M. Schiff, Vacaville Reporter-7/12/09

Two ideas

In the state Capitol, the conventional wisdom, what is politically possible, has bankrupted the state and put its most vital water resource, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in so much peril that the only solution this wisdom can imagine is a peripheral canal.
 

7-18-09

 
7-18-09
Badlands Journal
Two ideas...Badlands Journal editorial board
http://www.badlandsjournal.com/2009-07-17/007324
In the state Capitol, the conventional wisdom, what is politically possible, has bankrupted the state and put its most vital water resource, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, in so much peril that the only solution this wisdom can imagine is a peripheral canal.

Nunes, the tragic hero

You have to hand it to Rep. Devin Nunes, Tragic Hero-Visalia, he’s a performer. In fact, you have to stand in line to hand it to him, behind national PACs, agribusiness and oil and gas to hand it to him. He’s raised nearly a million dollars for his campaign next year and if some strong Democrat contender lurks in Nunes’ district, that contender lurks below the surface so far.
 

7-21-09

 
7-21-09
Merced Sun-Star
Comment cards a source of contention at City Council
New system for public comment not winning everyone over...SCOTT JASON
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/167/v-print/story/961042.html
A handful of Merced residents on Monday asked the City Council to reconsider its new system for public comment, which asks that residents fill out a card before meetings.

Liability?

I agree with the general point of today's Sun-Star editorial: the Delta levees certainly need to be fixed as quickly as possible.
 

7-25-09

 
7-25-09
Merced Sun-Star
Groups plan to protest Monday's Atwater City Council meeting...JONAH OWEN LAMB
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/167/v-print/story/969064.html
ATWATER -- Several activist groups calling for the resignation of repentant Atwater City Councilman Gary Frago -- who sent racist e-mails to city and county officials -- plan to picket Monday's City Council meeting in condemnation of his actions.

7-26-09

7-26-09
Modesto Bee
'Pay-As-You-Go' Act provides honest, transparent accounting...Dennis Cardoza
http://www.modbee.com/opinion/community/v-print/story/794701.html
As most people know, I have been a member of the fiscally conservative, moderate Blue Dog Coalition since the valley first sent me to Congress in 2002. With 52 members, we have fought tirelessly to rein in reckless federal spending and put an end to our spiraling deficit.

7-27-09

 
7-27-09
Fresno Bee
San Joaquin River plan gets hearings this week...Mark Grossi
http://www.fresnobee.com/local/v-print/story/1560384.html
The first major fix in the long-awaited San Joaquin River revival will come before the public this week at meetings about rerouting the river around Mendota Pool -- a barrier to migrating salmon.

7-30-09

 
7-30-09
Badlands Journal
Triumph of dogma over thought...Badlands Journal editorial board...7-29-09
http://www.badlandsjournal.com/2009-07-29/007343
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18th Congressional District of California
Congressman Cardoza hails long-awaited House passage of PAYGO budget requirement 
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