September 2009

9-1-09

 
9-1-09
Badlands Journal
Dear Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Let's make a deal...Badlands Journal editorial board
http://www.badlandsjournal.com/2009-08-31/007391
Let's make a deal
"Dennis Cardoza is the greatest congressman in the history of the world," he announced, quickly repeating it and adding for good measure, "That's my story and, as you can see, I'm sticking to it."

9-4-09

 
9-4-09
Merced Sun-Star
Dennis Cardoza: Our shared values...Rep. Dennis Cardoza represents the 18th congressional district.
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/115/v-print/story/1038432.html
I have been privileged to serve our area as a local, state and federal elected official.
During that entire time my access to you has never been denied. It is the reason I have been re-elected to office.

9-5-09

 
9-5-09
Merced Sun-Star
Congress to tackle health care
After hearing critics and supporters during recess, it's back to work...MICHAEL DOYLE, Sun-Star Washington Bureau
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/268/v-print/story/1040375.html
WASHINGTON -- San Joaquin Valley lawmakers didn't catch much of a break this August recess, and neither did the health care reform package now awaiting them on Capitol Hill.

The price of dirt, Part 1

Part 1.
 
“Put your faith in the people who have been here from the beginning and have always paid their taxes while others come and go and cost us all money.” – Diana Westmoreland Pedrozo, executive director, Merced County Farm Bureau
 

9-8-09

 
9-8-09
Badlands Journal
The price of dirt, Part 1...Badlands Journal editorial board
http://www.badlandsjournal.com/2009-09-07/007400
Part 1.
“Put your faith in the people who have been here from the beginning and have always paid their taxes while others come and go and cost us all money.” – Diana Westmoreland Pedrozo, executive director, Merced County Farm Bureau

The price of dirt, Part 3

 
In a July 30 letter to state Assemblyman Juan Arambula, the Legislative Analyst’s Office wrote:
 

While certain liabilities are difficult to quantify precisely, it appears the state has over $200 billion of short-term, longer-term, and retirement-related liabilities to retire in future years. These liabilities will continue to put pressure on the state’s finances for years to come.

End the charade


Three-quarters of likely California voters disapprove of their state Legislature this month and think it is run by a few special interests. This is the worst rating the Legislature has received in the 11 years of Public Policy Institute of California polling, the institute reported this week. The names of those interests are FIRE – Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate.
 

9-13-09

 
9-13-09
Indybay
Steinberg's Water Bill Package Defeated...Dan Bacher...9-12-09
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2009/09/12/18621685.php
Senate President Pro tem Darrell Steinberg and other Legislators abandoned their attempt to rush the water bond and bill package, a thinly-veiled road map to the peripheral canal, through the Capitol in the final hours of the Legislative Session.

Corruption at the Department of Interior

The federal Justice Department is looking into the alleged corruption of former Interior Secretary Gale Norton. Under Norton, Interior’s corruption reached baroque proportions, particularly in issues involving California, as stories beneath indicate. For underlying documentation, readers are urged to consult Interior’s Office of Inspector General’s special reports at http://www.doioig.gov/index.php?menuid=2&viewid=-1&viewtype=REPORT&pgid=...
 

9-15-09

 
9-15-09
Merced Sun-Star
Furor over Atwater city councilman not going away
Calls continue for Frago to resign...JONAH OWEN LAMB
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/167/v-print/story/1057353.html
ATWATER -- Much of the furor over a series of racist e-mails forwarded by Atwater City Councilman Gary Frago to city staff and a county official may have died down, but those calling for his resignation are staying vigilant.

9-16-09

 
9-16-09
Badlands Journal
The price of dirt, Part 5 -- the Medical Assistance Program, Auditor/Controller Report, and budget passage…Badlands Journal editorial board
http://www.badlandsjournal.com/2009-09-16/007407
Item 22: Health, Reconvening the Beilenson Hearing of Medical Assistance Program
Chairwoman Deidre Kelsey: We will reconvene the Beilenson hearing and I’ll have Mr. Volanti get us back on track.

9-18-09

 
9-18-09 
Merced Sun-Star
Act of Congress helps college students
Cardoza ensures that local campuses get extra help...DANIELLE GAINES. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/167/v-print/story/1063971.html
College students in the San Joaquin Valley can expect increased financial aid in the coming years, Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, said Thursday.

William Trombley, a great journalist – 1929-2009


We met William Trombley when the University of California, local politicians, landowners and other real estate interests, were in the process wholesale corruption of local, state and federal environmental law and regulation and the laws and regulations of public process. Trombley was always fair, his questions were informed, he followed research leads to accurate conclusions, reflected below in three articles he did on the siting and budget approvals of UC Merced.

What is Cardoza afraid of?

As things stand, the CPC -- not the unreliable and unfocused Blue Dogs and certainly not the Democratic Leadership Council-aligned "New Democrats," who come with more corporate strings attached than many Republicans -- are the best strategic and practical allies that the president has.

After all the crap, some real numbers

In a February letter to President Obama, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, claimed, as he did in many other venues: "A simple measure that would save up to 80,000 jobs (in the lower San Joaquin Valley) would be to relax restrictions on pumping facilities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Rivers Delta that have caused the regulatory drought that my constituents are experiencing."

Rodale critique of biotechnology convention

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself how corporate propaganda is constantly trying to colonize the future? We'd like UC Merced, our own "high-tech, bio-tech engine of growth" right here in Merced CA to assign its best academic minds to explaining to us ordinary citizens what the future actually is so that the public might be in a better position to judge the claims of the endless stream of corporate flak about the future. For example, should the public take out a patent on the future before it is as cluttered with proprietary brands as outer space is cluttered with satellites?

9-24-09

 
9-24-09
Merced Sun-Star
Wal-Mart distribution center: Fewer people attend special meeting ahead of Monday vote...SCOTT JASON
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/167/v-print/story/1074995.html
Merced's need for jobs took center stage Wednesday as residents debated whether allowing a Wal-Mart distribution center to be built would be the wisest way to boost the area's fledgling economy.

Blue Dog healthcare honcho accused of taking bribes

"You can buy half the town for $420,000," said Adam Guthrie, chairman of the county Board of Equalization and the only licensed real estate appraiser in Prescott. -- Marcus Stern, ProPublica, Sept. 22, 2009
Rep. Mike Ross, Blue Dog-AR, is the chairman of the Blue Dog Coalition Healthcare Task Force, which also includes two Californians, representatives Mike Thompson and Loretta Sanchez. Ross is also accused of having taken bribes from a drug-store chain as part of the sale of a pharmacy he and his wife owned in his district.

9-26-09

 
9-26-09
Badlands Journal
Blue Dog healthcare honcho accused of taking bribes...Badlands Journal editorial board
http://www.badlandsjournal.com/2009-09-25/007431
"You can buy half the town for $420,000," said Adam Guthrie, chairman of the county Board of Equalization and the only licensed real estate appraiser in Prescott. -- Marcus Stern, ProPublica, Sept. 22, 2009

9-27-09

 
9-27-09               
Modesto Bee
Get high-speed rail on track
Federal funding presents chance to get it started...Editorial
http://www.modbee.com/editorials/v-print/story/870782.html
We've always liked the idea of a high-speed train whizzing through the valley, shuttling passengers between Southern California and San Francisco at speeds of up to 220 mph.

The WalMart project public comment period

The Merced City Council is to be commended for holding two lengthy public hearings on the WalMart distribution center project including citizens with sharply opposed views on health, human safety and economic growth, who spoke their mind in an orderly, safe process. This begs the lie of Rep. Dennis Cardoza, the Pimlico Kid, that citizens in his district could not meet together in town hall meetings to discuss health care reform. In fact, on another contentious issue, Riverside Motorsports Park, a large number of town hall meetings were held, some by proponents, some by opponents.

Response to a Sun-Star editorial

 
Merced Sun-Star Executive Editor Mike Tharp flew part of the Westside in a private plane with a realtor/Westside rancher named Gail McCullough and came back with revelations. It reminded him of Iraq, where he seems to need to go, whenever the reality of Merced and the San Joaquin Valley overwhelm him, to find refreshment in the Pentagon propaganda mill. You can sugar-coat failure with belief but it is still failure, out there on the imperial frontier or here at home.
 

9-29-09

 
9-29-09       
Merced Sun-Star
Merced City Council approves Wal-Mart distribution center
The vote was 6-1 in favor of the center...SCOTT JASON
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/167/v-print/story/1084254.html
Capping four years of debate, six hours of public input and dozens of technical studies, the Merced City Council voted Monday to let Wal-Mart build a massive distribution center.