Jun 12, 2010
<<<--- >>> Teachers union takes to the airwaves in budget fight 3/23/11 The union began airing a statewide radio ad on Wednesday decrying that more cuts to schools -- and more teacher layoffs -- “means a dead-end for California’s children on the path to success.” Shane Goldmacher LA Times PolitiCal http://latimesblog s.latimes.com/cali fornia-politics/20 11/03/california-b udget-teachers-uni on-takes-to-the-ai rwaves-in-budget-f ight.html Torey Van Oot SacBee Capitol Alert http://blogs.sacbe e.com/capitolalert latest/2011/03/cta -takes.html <<<--- >>> (Mar 23, 2011 | post #5)
<<<--- >>> April 13 public hearing set for community center name change By Exponent staff March 16, 2011 The Orange Cove City Council has approved a resolution to set an April 13 public hearing to consider the renaming of the Victor Lopez Rural Development Job Training Center, also known as the Victor P. Lopez Community Center. The hearing, ironically, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, at the Victor P. Lopez Community Center at the City Council's regular meeting. The City Council received a "community petition" signed by approximately 249 residents requesting the change and requesting the removal of the signed mottos from the main lobby and gymnasium center. The Resolution, approved at the March 9 meeting of the Orange Cove City Council and Redevelopment Agency, initiates a process to consider the community petition for the name change. One section of the Resolution reads, "Members of the public shall have an opportunity to be heard on the renaming of the Center to Orange Cove Community and to propose other alternatives for the renaming of the facility. Members of the public shall have an opportunity to comment on the removal of the mottos." The Council listened to protests from former Council member Bertha Del Bosque and members of the Lopez family before a standing room only crowd at the City Hall Council chambers. The Resolution was one of eight New Business items on the March 9 agenda. MORE ... Orange Cove and Mountain Times ... http://www.reedley exponent.com/artic les/2011/03/18/pub lications/orange_c ove_and_mountain_t imes/doc4d813a872b df1134479408.txt <<<--- >>> (Mar 20, 2011 | post #137)
<<<--- >>> public record primer > What is a public record? All records of state and local governments in California (but not of the courts or the Legislature) are available to the public, with the exception of some that have been specifically exempted by law. The basic public records law is the California Public Records Act. > How to get a public record You can gain access to a public record, but first you have to find out where it is. The locations of some, like minutes of meetings of public agencies such as a City Council, are easy to find. In most cities, the city clerk holds them. Others are more difficult. Generally, if you know the agency that deals with the general subject of the record, you can probably find the record there, or get good advice on who has it. > What records aren't public? Records that reveal personal and intimate information about individuals, records whose revelation would jeopardize a criminal investigation or security, records in the criminal justice system that are sealed or whose revelation would jeopardize people's — especially victims' — rights, and records that would place a government agency at a disadvantage in labor, real estate or business negotiations. > What if you're turned down? If an agency denies you access to a record, you should first ask the basis for the denial, both the reasoning and the underlying section of the law that gives the agency the right to turn you down. If you don't agree, you have the right to take the agency to court. If you win, you can ask the judge to order the agency to pay your legal expenses. Source: The California Public Records Act, which covers most public documents in the state, is contained in the Fair Political Practices Act. MORE ... Visalia Times-Delta ... http://www.visalia timesdelta.com/art icle/20110319/NEWS 01/103190330/Recor ds-You-right-see-t hem-some-agencies- resist?odyssey=tab |topnews|text|Fron tpage <<<--- >>> (Mar 20, 2011 | post #11)
<<<--- >>> Records: You have a right to see them, but some agencies resist Mar. 19, 2011 While California law allows for access to public documents, many local government agencies put barriers in the way. Sunshine Week, which started Sunday, is an attempt to create a national dialogue about something fundamental to American life, the importance of open government and free access to information. It's something most of us take for granted, but shouldn't. California law clearly spells out the public's right to immediately access certain documents, such as budgets, salary information, statements of economic interest and expense records. But many times — intentionally or unintentionally — local governments violate those laws by blocking access to those documents. Times-Delta and Advance-Register staff members celebrated public records laws by conducting a week-long audit of access at local public agencies. Our reporters were assigned to test access to ordinary public documents at six public agencies in Tulare County, ranging from the Tulare County Office of Education to a small water district. What we found was that while some local officials go to great lengths to comply with the law, others aren't as open about the way they do business. At practically every stop, requests for the documents were met with suspicion. Times-Delta and Advance-Register reporters seeking the documents were asked who they were, sometimes several times, and why they wanted the information (state law does not require a person to answer such questions when requesting public documents). MORE ... http://www.visalia timesdelta.com/art icle/20110319/NEWS 01/103190330/Recor ds-You-right-see-t hem-some-agencies- resist?odyssey=tab |topnews|text|Fron tpage <<<--- >>> (Mar 20, 2011 | post #10)
<<<--- >>> Open government doesn't just happen Mar. 14, 2011 Visalia Times-Delta The Visalia Unified School District received a perfect score in a random check of its accessibility by CalAware, a statewide advocate for open government. That's the good news. Unfortunately, Visalia Unified is the exception in California. Here during Sunshine Week, it is another indication that the objective of completely open government is an ideal that is rarely realized. CalAware sampled 197 school districts in California at random to assess their compliance with public records requests. The request was made via e-mail and asked for results of the most recent settlement the districts had made regarding a lawsuit brought by a student. The request included information such as the details of the claim, its resolution and the information from the school board when it approved the settlement as well as the district's records policy. The districts were graded on the basis of thorough and timely compliance, excessive copying charges, illegal screening and passing the buck. Only 21 percent of school districts statewide had a perfect score. The average score was 57 out of 100, an F. More than half of the districts scored an F. Other local districts passed, but not with flying colors. Dinuba scored a 90 because it took two months to provide the information. The law allows agencies 10 days to either provide the information or provide a reason why the information can't be released. MORE ... Visalia Times-Delta .. http://www.visalia timesdelta.com/art icle/20110315/OPIN ION/103150309/Open -government-doesn- t-just-happen?odys sey=mod|newswell|t ext|Frontpage|p ~~~ CalAware ... http://www.calawar e.net/default.asp <<<--- >>> (Mar 15, 2011 | post #9)
<<<--- >>> ALSO, back to basics ... Parent-Child interaction is essential to short- and long-term success ~~~~~ Read with children early and often to help develop reading skills Mar. 14, 2011 Visalia Times-Delta Reading is not something that should just be kept at school, say local librarians. It should be a party of everyday life at home, as reading skills will dictate the course of a child's education and even their career. "The more a child reads, the higher success rate they will have in school," said Valerie Voss, head of the children's and young adult department at the Visalia branch of the Tulare County Library. "There's actually studies that show children who are behind in reading skills struggle from year to year and have a lesser chance of going on to higher education." The best way to ensure a child will develop reading skills is to start reading to them right away. Voss said some of the mothers at her weekly story time sessions start when they are pregnant. Reading to infants and toddlers makes them familiar with books and how they work, she said. They develop letter recognition and phonetic awareness and bond with their parents during that one-on-one time. Toddlers whose parents read to them will learn new words that may not be incorporated into daily conversation, such as "snooze" and "slumber " instead of sleep. MORE ... Visalia Times-Delta .. http://www.visalia timesdelta.com/art icle/20110315/LIFE STYLE/103150313/Re ad-children-early- often-help-develop -reading-skills?od yssey=mod|newswell |text|Frontpage|p <<<--- >>> (Mar 15, 2011 | post #2)
<<<--- >>> March 14, 2011 ... Talare, CA Citywide Bike Rodeo to promote safety awareness Wearing the right, properly fitted helmet is a must for the safety of young bicycle riders and skateboarders, authorities say. "It's padding against impact," Tulare Police Sgt. Richard House said. "The rider can become vulnerable to injuries, from very serious to fatal." In an effort to ensure Tulare riders are up to speed in safety, the Tulare Redevelopment Agency and Tulare Noon Kiwanis are teaming up to organize a Citywide Bike Rodeo, aimed at increasing awareness for riders. "This is a citywide event," said Betsy McGovern-Garcia, Tulare Redevelopment Agency project manager. "Children, parents and community members from throughout Tulare are invited to attend." During the event, every child needing a bike helmet will get one for free, event organizers said. The giveaway is made available through a donation from the Kiwanis Club and the Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma grant program. Besides getting a helmet, riders will also have it checked to ensure it's properly fitted, event organizers said. MORE ... Visalia Times-Delta .. http://www.visalia timesdelta.com/art icle/20110315/NEWS 01/103150306/Cityw ide-Bike-Rodeo-pro mote-safety-awaren ess?odyssey=tab|to pnews|text|Frontpa ge <<<--- >>> (Mar 15, 2011 | post #1)
<<<--- >>> Fresno shows signs of economic recovery Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2011 By Tim Sheehan / The Fresno Bee The Great Recession of 2007-09 battered the Valley harder than most other regions in the nation, but there are signs that healing may be happening faster here than elsewhere. A report released Monday by the Brookings Institution indicates that, by some measures, cities here are outperforming many of the largest markets in the U.S. in the recovery. Fresno, Bakersfield, Modesto and Stockton had the four highest unemployment rates among the 100 largest metropolitan areas of the nation in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to the Brookings quarterly Metro Monitor. But Fresno also saw some meager gains in employment -- a key factor in the Brookings rankings. The Metro Monitor report evaluates five economic indicators: job growth, unemployment, economic output, home prices and foreclosure rates. Fresno and Stockton were both among the second-strongest 20 metro areas for economic performance during the recovery, while Bakersfield and Modesto were among the 20 strongest-performi ng metro areas. Read more: http://www.fresnob ee.com/2011/03/14/ 2310282/fresno-sho ws-signs-of-econom ic.html#ixzz1Ggwc9 e36 <<<--- >>> (Mar 15, 2011 | post #3)
<<<--- >>> Sanger Putting Strangle-Hold On GangsBy NBC-KSEE-24 News March 13, 2011 Police are cracking down on gangs in Sanger. A violent week prompted city leaders to declare war on Friday. It's led to several arrests and dozens of traffic stops. Joe Ybarra has the story. MORE ... Text and VIDEO ... http://www.ksee24. com/news/local/San ger-Putting-Strang le-Hold-On-Gangs-1 17916549.html <<<--- >>> (Mar 13, 2011 | post #8)
<<<--- >>> Gridiron Dinner draws journalists, public figures Washington Post - March 13, 2011 ... 6 hours ago‎ An expected crowd of 650 attended the Gridiron Dinner at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington Saturday. The event brought journalists and public figures together for a night of skits that lampoon the capital's personalities and issues of the day. MORE ... http://www.washing tonpost.com/lifest yle/style/gridiron -dinner-draws-jour nalists-public-fig ures/2011/03/13/AB DRWdT_gallery.html Roasting the 2012 candidates; http://www.politic o.com/news/stories /0311/51185.html <<<--- >>> (Mar 13, 2011 | post #2)
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<<<--- >>> 3/13/11 Obama, Daniels roast 2012ers -- President Barack Obama mocked his potential 2012 GOP rivals — and poked fun at himself — while Mitch Daniels got in his own shot at Sarah Palin at Saturday night’s 126th annual Gridiron Club dinner of Washington politicos and journalists. MAGGIE HABERMAN Politico MORE ... http://www.politic o.com/news/stories /0311/51185.html ~~~ My News Summary Resource … “Rough and Tumble” “A Snapshot of California Public Policy and Politics” http://www.rtumble .com/ <<<--- >>> (Mar 13, 2011 | post #1)
<<<--- >>> LETTER to Editor - The Fresno Bee Pension article was correct Saturday, Mar. 12, 2011 Congratulations and thanks to The Bee for publishing Kevin Hall's well-researched report on the real "burden" of pensions earned by state and local government employees ("Pension 101: public vs. private," on March 7). It conclusively demolishes the notion that unfunded pension benefits are a big drag on public finances. During my 31 years of government service, it was very clear to me that (as Hall substantiates) the salaries of my contemporaries in the private sector far outstripped my own. This situation was equalized by the annuity I was earning, paid for in part by my own contributions (6% of my salary), and the opportunity to serve our nation in a substantial way. David Brown Fresno Read more: http://www.fresnob ee.com/2011/03/12/ 2306279/pension-ar ticle-was-correct. html#ixzz1GPBAJ1SP <<<--- >>> (Mar 12, 2011 | post #1)
<<<--- >>> Sanger, Fresno police join in crackdown on gangs Friday, Mar. 11, 2011 By Eunice Kwon / The Fresno Bee Hours after a shooting in front of a Sanger elementary school, Sanger and Fresno police Friday announced a crackdown on gangs. "We've reached a point where enough's enough," Sanger Police Chief Thomas Klose said during a news conference in the parking lot of the Family Worship Center in the gang-infested Chankla area of Sanger. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer joined him, adding: "Whether it's the city of Fresno or the city of Sanger, the boundary lines do not matter when it comes to gangs." A 47-year-old man was killed in a gang-related shooting last weekend at a Sanger birthday party, and two others were injured. Two drive-by shootings occurred later in the week. On Friday morning, rival gang members in separate cars opened fire on each other 100 feet away from Jefferson Elementary School during recess. The two police agencies plan to work together, the chiefs said. To help, the Sanger City Council adopted stricter curfew rules in an emergency meeting Friday. Under the new rules, officers will approach children starting at 9 p.m. if they are unaccompanied by an adult and ask them to go home. If they're out after 10, they will be detained. Read more: http://www.fresnob ee.com/2011/03/11/ 2307001/sanger-fre sno-police-join-in -crackdown.html#ix zz1GP1nCl00 ~~~ BEE reader comments ~~~ masalagirl This curfew, I thought has/had been in effect for years. Now all of a sudden they want to "enforce " it. There have been so many gang killings in Fresno County, they decide to start NOW to do something about it? How many have died since yesterday? If they can send a man to the moon, why can't they take control of the gangs? This has been going on since the Mafia times back in the 19th century. Well, I hope they mean it this time. ~~~ OldFresno Is something missing from this article? Who is funding this? Does the city of Sanger have the money to pay Fresno PD officer salaries? If they do, this sounds good for the Sanger POA in furture contract negotiations! Where are the Fresno PD officers that will perform these duties materializing from? We are told the city of Fresno has no money; and Fresno PD complains it does not have enough officers to serve the citizens of Fresno. Are Fresno's streets so safe, and Fresno PD so successful in controlling gang violence within the city of Fresno; that this is the best plan for dealing with the situation? The recent Fashion Fair shooting comes to mind. ~~~ aset The law abiding citizen has lost control. We're holding hearings about Islamic or Muslim terrorist but the majority of terrorists are the gangs that have taken over our neighborhoods. I don't know how it's going to get any better. Everytime a serious effort is undertaken to quell the violence of gangs you hear an outcry from all the various supposedly human rights groups. <<<--- >>> (Mar 12, 2011 | post #7)
<<<--- >>> Texas isn't stealing California jobs, workers or wealth, UCLA study finds -- 3/10/11 Although businesses often say California has high tax rates, tough environmental regulations and difficult permitting systems, some of those accusations are untrue, the university says. Alana Semuels in the Los Angeles Times -- http://www.latimes .com/business/la-f i-california-texas -20110310,0,275255 8.story <<<--- >>> (Mar 10, 2011 | post #2)
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