November 2009

Reaping riches in a wretched region -- Lloyd Carter

Now, even with new legislation that will determine the future viability of Westlands’ critical import irrigation infrastructure, it seems inevitable that the political clout of the nation’s most powerful irrigation district will somehow prevail to perpetuate this culture of social, economic and natural inequity. – Carter, p. 40.

MARG and private citizens sue City of Merced and Wal-Mart

Merced Alliance for Responsible Growth (MARG), Tom Grave, Kyle Stockard and Joel Knox filed suit against the Merced City Council and  Real Parties of Interest Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P., Wal-Mart Stores East, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. on October 28, 2009 in Merced Superior Court, according to the court’s register of actions.
The case number is CV000593.
The case will be heard by President Judge of Merced Superior Court John D. Kirihara.
The law firm of Lippe Gaffney Wagner LLP represent plaintiffs MARG, Grave, Stockard and Knox.

Political pork, political disease

Rep. Dennis Cardoza
Congressman Dennis Cardoza
18th Congressional District of California
Congressman Cardoza supports health care reform legislation 
Commitments for UC Merced Medical School funding will ease Valley physician shortage 
CONTACT:  Mike Jensen
(202) 225-6131

Kate Hart accused of corruption at water board

Katherine Hart Johns, well known in Merced County for her unsuccessful defense the County's approval of the Riverside Motorsports Park environmental impact report, has been accused of corruption in her office as Vice Chair of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.
We sincerely hope that the alleged acts of malfeasance in office, if true, were caused by normal political-appointee exuberance at the public trough and not due to financial problems arising from Ms. Hart's involvement with the insolvent racetrack project.

Sierra Club to Microsoft Plutocrat: GMOs won't feed world and bad-mouthing environmentalists won't change the outcome

GE News List

From: Laurel Hopwood, Chair
Sierra Club Genetic Engineering Action Team

To: Bill Gates
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
PO Box 23350
Seattle, WA 98102

Dear Mr. Gates
Sierra Club, the world's largest grassroots conservation organization, has

Into the vortex

As Merced goes into the holiday shopping season starting next Friday, all economic indicators are thumbs down.
Official unemployment crept up a point from last month to 16.4 percent, with an increase expected for November. This means that actual unemployment is over 20 percent now and will rise toward 30 percent as the winter wears on.