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Orange Cove, CA

changing building names in Orange Cove

~~!~~ Oh, BTW - there is no need to paint all ("repaint the insinde") of the interior. Just the political mantra of the EX-mayor. The citizens of OC made that decision (EX) last Nov. ~~!~~  (Mar 23, 2011 | post #141)

Orange Cove, CA

changing building names in Orange Cove

~~!~~ "Does this mean the taxpayers are going to have to pay to repaint the insinde of the building.." my bet would be the labor cost could be ZERO ... with a half day notice there would be six or eight qualified "volunteers " to man/woman the paint rollers!!! ~~!~~  (Mar 23, 2011 | post #140)

Orange Cove, CA

Schools and Academic Achievements

~~!~~ How Dumb Are We? NEWSWEEK gave 1,000 Americans the U.S. Citizenship Test--38 percent failed. The country's future is imperiled by our ignorance. They’re the sort of scores that drive high-school history teachers to drink. When NEWSWEEK recently asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to take America’s official citizenship test, 29 percent couldn’t name the vice president. Seventy-three percent couldn’t correctly say why we fought the Cold War. Forty-four percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights. And 6 percent couldn’t even circle Independence Day on a calendar. Don’t get us wrong: civic ignorance is nothing new. For as long as they’ve existed, Americans have been misunderstanding checks and balances and misidentifying their senators. And they’ve been lamenting the philistinism of their peers ever since pollsters started publishing these dispiriting surveys back in Harry Truman’s day. (He was a president, by the way.) According to a study by Michael X. Delli Carpini, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication, the yearly shifts in civic knowledge since World War II have averaged out to “slightly under 1 percent.” MORE ... http://www.newswee k.com/2011/03/20/h ow-dumb-are-we.htm l ~~!~~  (Mar 22, 2011 | post #2)

Orange Cove, CA

Poll: Half of Calif. voters like the job Brown's doing

~~!~~ Brown's Plan B getting another look 3/22/11 In private conversations, the governor noted that he was considering alternatives – long discussed -- that include placing a tax-and-cut budget package on the ballot via simple-majority votes of the Legislature, Capitol sources said, a maneuver that would allow his plan to get to the ballot without Republican backing. John Howard @ Capitol Weekly MORE ... http://capitolweek ly.net/article.php ?_c=zku86gjyi8h1ra &xid=zku6gbaa2 15h3t&done=.zk uscr5jr1jpo5 ~~!~~  (Mar 22, 2011 | post #4)

Orange Cove, CA

Poll: Half of Calif. voters like the job Brown's doing

~~!~~ BREAKING NEWS - 15:15 HOURS CapitolAlert The latest on California politics and government March 22, 2011 Jerry Brown considering ballot initiative on taxes Gov. Jerry Brown is considering a November ballot initiative to extend tax increases and may announce it as early as this week, bypassing Republican opposition in the Legislature, a source said. The source said Brown is continuing to negotiate with Republican lawmakers to put tax extensions on a June ballot through a two-thirds vote in the Legislature. That remains his preferred course, but he is considering two alternatives should talks fail. The Democratic governor is more likely to pursue an initiative than to try putting taxes on the ballot through a simple majority in the Legislature, the source said. Brown believes business groups are more likely to support a ballot initiative than any maneuver for a majority vote in the Legislature, the source said, and thinks business groups fear a majority tax vote may set a precedent for other taxes. The source said a ballot initiative would likely include some concessions to conservative interests. Among those being considered are regulatory reform and a spending cap. Brown has been negotiating for weeks with Republican lawmakers to push through his bid to extend temporary taxes on income, vehicles and sales, a central part of his budget plan. Reaching a two-thirds majority would require at least two Republican votes in each house, a measure of support Brown has failed to obtain. Brown has repeatedly said he would seek bipartisan support for tax extensions. On Monday, however, he said in a speech to labor groups that a vote would occur "no matter what anybody says across the street." Brown spokeswoman Elizabeth Ashford said this afternoon that Brown is committed to negotiating with Republicans and believes he can reach agreement. "He's convinced he can get the votes," she said. MORE ... http://blogs.sacbe e.com/capitolalert latest/2011/03/jer ry-brown-consideri ng-ballot.html ~~!~~  (Mar 22, 2011 | post #3)

Orange Cove, CA

The Orange Cove LIBRARY - a PUBLIC resource

~~!~~ Plan for Fresno Co. library layoffs approved Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2011 By Kurtis Alexander / The Fresno Bee Fresno County supervisors Tuesday approved plans to lay off up to 20 full-time county librarians. The layoffs are part of a reorganization of the 34-branch library system aimed at cutting costs and streamlining service. The plan includes eliminating library programs, such as an information and referral service for social services, and possibly reducing hours at branches. For the last three years, the library system has been forced to dip into a shrinking reserve fund because of declining sales and property tax revenues, a contingency that is not sustainable, library managers say. The reorganization will trim about $2.7 million from the system's $24 million annual budget. "I don't like reducing the number of professional staff, but I'm not sure we have much choice," Supervisor Susan Anderson said. Approval of the layoffs, which were opposed by many in the community, came with conditions. Among them: librarians inform the Board of Supervisors about changes to the library's historic collections and consult the public when they dispose of old library materials. Read more: http://www.fresnob ee.com/2011/03/22/ 2320313/plan-for-f resno-co-library-l ayoffs.html#ixzz1H MaXEIQN ~~!~~  (Mar 22, 2011 | post #1)

Orange Cove, CA

Should the Court PUBLISH a list of verified GANG MEMBERS ...

~~!~~ Several detained in gang sweep March 22, 2011 THE PORTERVILLE RECORDER During the week of March 15-19, personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit, along with members from the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel team, conducted saturation patrols in the rural communities of Cutler, Orosi, Traver, Goshen, Teviston, Pixley, Earlimart and Poplar. Eight people were arrested and booked into sheriff’s Porterville substation, Main Jail and Juvenile Justice Center for various felonies, misdemeanors and outstanding arrest warrants. Taken into custody were: Two male juveniles, both 16, for violation of court order-gang injunction and possession of a weapon Pedro Rios, 45, for transportation and possession of a controlled substance, unlicensed driver Isabel Sanchez, 56, for possession of a controlled substance David Arthurholt, 56, for possession of a controlled substance and under the influence Daniel West, 19, for being under the influence of a controlled substance Diane Anderson, 53, for being under the influence of a controlled substance Kelly Wooldridge, 48, on four misdemeanor arrest warrants for drug related charges MORE ... http://www.recorde ronline.com/news/m arch-48222-personn el-sheriff.html ~~!~~  (Mar 22, 2011 | post #13)

Orange Cove, CA

Poll: Half of Calif. voters like the job Brown's doing

~~!~~ CSU may cut 10,000 students next year By Laurel Rosenhall .. lrosenhall@sacbee. com Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2011 California State University campuses may cut enrollment by 10,000 students for the 2011-12 year as part of a larger plan for dealing with budget cuts, officials told trustees during a board meeting today in Long Beach. Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed cutting the CSU budget by $500 million, or 18 percent, if legislators and voters approve a series of tax extensions. At the board meeting, CSU officials presented some big-picture strategies for handling the cuts. In addition to cutting enrollment, they said they'll ask CSU's 23 campuses to collectively cut $281 million and the chancellor's office to reduce its budget by $10.8 million. Staff reductions appear likely, though few specifics were given. "Because 84 percent of CSU's operating cost is for personnel, the CSU will need to reduce expenses in that area by at least $250 million," a statement from the university says. CSU will not consider furloughs unless the budget cuts are deeper than $500 million, said CSU Chancellor Charles Reed. That could happen if Brown's proposed tax extensions don't get on the ballot or are rejected by voters. In that case, Reed said, the CSU could see cuts of $1 billion. "A reduction of that level would force us to reexamine potentially drastic measures including much larger cuts to enrollment and increased tuition fees among other strategies," Reed said in a statement. http://www.sacbee. com/2011/03/22/349 5619/csu-may-cut-1 0000-students-next .html ~~!~~  (Mar 22, 2011 | post #2)

Orange Cove, CA

Poll: Half of Calif. voters like the job Brown's doing

~~!~~ "If you're not going to vote to extend taxes, you're not going to vote to cut, you're not going to vote to do anything to redevelopment, so, what the hell are you going to do?" he said. "By the way, if you're not going to do anything, why do you take a paycheck?" ~~~ Governor Jerry Brown Actually Guv they are ALL sitting around in "hand-wringin g" sessions waiting to see what the right-wingnut-case -- Grover -- is going to permit them to say. In their little world, saying nothing is a safe place to be. NOT proffering a workable alternate plan is also a safe place to be. Doing nothing is safe??? ~~~~~ Grover Norquist, Washington voice in state budget March 17, 2011|By Debra J. Saunders http://articles.sf gate.com/2011-03-1 7/opinion/28700853 _1_spending-cuts-b udget-talks-pensio n-reform ~~~ De Facto CA GOP Leader Grover Norquist Needs a New De Facto Job by: John Burton Fri Mar 18, 2011 http://www.calitic s.com/diary/13281/ de-facto-ca-gop-le ader-grover-norqui st-needs-a-new-de- facto-job ~~!~~ Grover Norquist, Washington voice in state budget March 17, 2011|By Debra J. Saunders http://articles.sf gate.com/2011-03-1 7/opinion/28700853 _1_spending-cuts-b udget-talks-pensio n-reform De Facto CA GOP Leader Grover Norquist Needs a New De Facto Job by: John Burton Fri Mar 18, 2011 http://www.calitic s.com/diary/13281/ de-facto-ca-gop-le ader-grover-norqui st-needs-a-new-de- facto-job  (Mar 22, 2011 | post #1)

Orange Cove, CA

EDITORIAL: State GOP leaders are afraid to let people vote

~~!~~ California Progress Report By Peter Schrag THE conclusion for STARTERS; "In the meantime, the party’s registration numbers in California, now at 31 percent of the electorate, keep going down. It’s only because of the supermajorities required to raise taxes that the GOP has any leverage at all. In a real democracy, they would already have faced reality. This isn’t just a loss for the party; it’s a loss for the state and for responsible government." ~~~~~ The L Street Demarcation Line Posted on 21 March 2011 Among the most common raps on the state legislature is that it’s a hopelessly insular place populated by people who are big fish in the smallest of ponds but have only the dimmest understanding of, or connection to, the rest of the state. There’s some reason for that belief. But compared to the grumpy white people calling themselves Republicans who met in convention at the Hyatt Regency just across L Street last weekend, those working in the Capitol are models of engagement, pragmatism and concern. At the Hyatt some were so fearful, or maybe embarrassed by their doings, that they weren’t even sure whether they were willing to let the media cover all their long-advertised convention sessions. What was it that Frank Luntz, the Republican hack who polls for Fox News might have had to say that was so hot? It was described by Party ops as “proprietary information.” That may be the biggest mystery of the weekend. Alas none of the press people in Sacramento managed to ferret out any of those secrets – assuming there were any. You would never have had any trouble telling the Hyatt Republicans apart from the people across the street, even before you heard a word: All you had to do was see the faces. The people in the Capitol, the Democrats at least – staff and members – look like a lot like California: black, brown, white, Asian. The faces across the street, like their Party, were overwhelmingly white, older, the Ozzie and Harriet America of the fifties. Increasingly their legislators represent a small number of safely gerrymandered districts that are more insulated from California than anything in the Capitol. MORE ... http://www.califor niaprogressreport. com/site/node/8790 ~~!~~  (Mar 21, 2011 | post #2)

Orange Cove, CA

Schools and Academic Achievements

~~!~~ Saturday, March 19, 2011 THUMBS UP – THUMBS DOWN – The Fresno Bee Thumbs up to Academic Decathlon teams from Fresno's University High School and Sanger's Hallmark Charter School, both of which advance to the national online competition next month. They earned the right to advance by winning the small- and medium-school divisions at the California Academic Decathlon last weekend. There were 567 students representing 65 schools in the state competition in Sacramento. Although it did not advance to nationals, Edison High School earned an impressive high overall score in the state competition. Edison's team placed fourth overall in the top 10 highest-scoring schools, but failed to win in the large school division where it competed. Read more: http://www.fresnob ee.com/2011/03/18/ 2315648/editorial- thumbs-up-thumbs-d own.html#ixzz1HG9a o3LQ ~~!~~  (Mar 21, 2011 | post #1)

Orange Cove, CA

Sponsors pull out of Tulare/Kings Counties Hispanic Chamb...

~~!~~ Sponsors pull out of Tulare/Kings Counties Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Hispanic group's leaders declining interviews 9:00 PM, Mar. 20, 2011 Written by MELINDA MORALES ... Visalia Times-Delta Two major sponsors have pulled their support from the Tulare-Kings Hispanic Chamber of Commerce following a fire in mid-February that destroyed its offices and raised questions about leadership within the chamber. Corporate spokeswoman Edna Silva from Wells Fargo and Rob Julavits from Citibank both confirmed that their companies have withdrawn their sponsorship of the chamber for 2011. The companies were listed as sponsors on the chamber's March newsletter and are still listed as sponsors on the chamber's website. Tulare and Kings counties business owners, who have asked that their names not be used, have also requested to have sponsorship money returned and memberships canceled. No monies have been returned so far, they said. Repeated calls from the Times-Delta/Advanc e-Register to Hispanic Chamber of Commerce leaders seeking comment have not been returned. MORE ... http://www.visalia timesdelta.com/art icle/20110321/NEWS 01/103210302/Spons ors-pull-out-Tular e-Kings-Counties-H ispanic-Chamber-Co mmerce?odyssey=mod |newswell|text|Fro ntpage| Tulare/Kings Hispanic Chamber ... http://www.tkhcc.o rg/ ~~!~~  (Mar 21, 2011 | post #1)

Orange Cove, CA

Sports: Bulldogs women face former NCAA champs today

~~!~~ Bulldogs women's hoops looks to keep winning ways Women's basketball team confident of talent to replace five seniors. Sunday, Mar. 20, 2011 By Jeff Davis / The Fresno Bee Fresno State's seniors set a standard in their four seasons that might not ever be duplicated on the basketball court. They captured multiple Western Athletic Conference women's championships, made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and won 97 games as a group. But there are no encores left after this 25-8 season. Sixth-year coach Adrian Wiggins now faces the job of restocking his shelf with talent to remain a consistent player in conference and on the national stage. He said that task won't scare him off to greener pastures. ASSOCIATED PRESS Fresno State coach Adrian Wiggins will have to look to the likes of freshman Taylor Thompson next year after losing five seniors. "We have a vision in our program of being one of the best in the country, and that doesn't happen overnight," he said after Saturday's first-round loss to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament. Read more: http://www.fresnob ee.com/2011/03/20/ 2318248/bulldogs-l ook-to-keep-winnin g.html#ixzz1HFt7po 1l ~~!~~  (Mar 21, 2011 | post #2)

Orange Cove, CA

changing building names in Orange Cove

~~!~~ "hogwash " Is that a technical term ... a) used in publishing? b) related to the time frame(s) for distribution of information? c) a technique that provides insight into what other people know? d) or an indication that the user of said term can't provide any documentation to prove an "opinion "? ~~!~~  (Mar 20, 2011 | post #138)

Orange Cove, CA

EDITORIAL: State GOP leaders are afraid to let people vote

~~!~~ UPDATE -- GOP Convention in Sacto ... CapitolAlert - Sacramento Bee 2:00 p.m. - Sunday, March 20, 2011 ~~~ Former GOP candidate dies after collapsing at convention party Republican activist and former candidate Douglas McNea died late last night after collapsing at a party held by U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, according to Sutter General Hospital spokeswoman Nancy Turner. http://blogs.sacbe e.com/capitolalert latest/2011/03/gop -former-candidate- dies-afte.html ~~~ State GOP special session passes sweeping endorsement plan The California Republican Party convention's general session approved an endorsement plan passed by the party's rules committee that would send out ballots to all registered Republicans in the state asking their preferences on candidates. http://blogs.sacbe e.com/capitolalert latest/2011/03/sta te-gop-general-ses sion-pass.html ~~~ Disabled service protesters disrupt GOP convention The California Republican Party convention received unexpected visitors as a group of protesters blocked a swath of the Hyatt Regency Sacramento lobby to protest cuts to disabled services. http://blogs.sacbe e.com/capitolalert latest/2011/03/dis abled-services-pro testers-d.html ~~~ Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney win applause poll at GOP lunch Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the loudest applause in an informal poll on the possible GOP presidential candidates among the crowd at the convention's luncheon. http://blogs.sacbe e.com/capitolalert latest/2011/03/pre sidential-politics -state-bu.html ~~~ Ron Paul wins one group's straw poll at GOP convention Possible 2012 presidential contenders Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney got the most claps during a luncheon applause poll at this weekend's California Republican Party convention, but GOP Rep. Ron Paul was the top vote-getter in a straw poll organized by one group at the Sacramento confab. http://blogs.sacbe e.com/capitolalert latest/2011/03/ron -paul-wins-one-gro ups-2012.html ~~!~~  (Mar 20, 2011 | post #1)

Q & A with thompson-Western Mavrick

Headline:

Government Accountability

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Orange Cove

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Eclectic

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CJ's Restaurant ... AC Market (BARGINS!!)

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Orange Cove Lucky 7 (Governement Accountablity Advocates) ... Orange Cove Chamber of Commerce ... American Legion - Post 226 - Orange Cove

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Research projects via local media and the Internet ... re: Local Politicos and companies that need to be held accountable for their actions.

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Country Music

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Non-Fiction or Fictional stories about the USA

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Sticking a pin in the inflated ego of local politicians

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