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Cunnings Brother-in-Law & Walk-on Coach Threatens BVN Publisher Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Friday, 23 October 2015 12:38

EDITORIAL - In eighteen years of publishing Big Valley News and Madera Online I have received my share of threats. From a junior high school band director's son to even a Madera Police Officer's wife. Usually all I need to do is a little research with the Internet Provider Address (IP) that is attached to every email to determine where the threats are coming from.

Some times I'll ask law enforcement to step in and subpoena the information from the Internet providers when the threat is directed towards my family. Well this morning when I logged on to Facebook there was a very disturbing message and it didn't take any research to figure out where it came from. The man's name and photo were right there on my screen.

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Supervisor Rogers Loves Millionaire Developers & FunnelsThousands of Campaign Dollars to His Family Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 20:00

WHO OWNS THE MADERA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS?

 EDITORIAL - Who does the Madera County Board of Supervisors serve? You might think the answer should be all of the county citizens or at the very least the constitutes for the district they were elected to serve. You would be wrong.

Over the last few months I have been researching where the money comes from to run a $90k supervisor's campaign and the results show that the majority of the money isn't from the local mom and pop voters but from the multi-million dollar developers from Fresno and around the state.

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Has the MUSD Board of Trustees Violated the Brown Act? Print E-mail
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Written by Jack Porter, Jr.   
Thursday, 30 April 2015 20:46

EDITORIAL - Just a few days after the law firm of Garcia, Hernandez, Sawhney & Bermudez, LLP held an 'Ethics Laws and Legal Principles for Public Service and Board Governance' workshop for the Madera Unified Board of Trustees, it looks like the board's clerk may have already violated the Ralph M. Brown Act.

Last month, in a sold-out board room which included an outdoor theater for overflow viewers,  the board voted to send Superintendent Ed Gonzales, Associate Superintendent Victor Villar, the executive cabinet and the board of trustees to harassment and bullying training. However in a secret vote in closed session at last Tuesda's board meeting, the board voted to reverse their action absolving the executive cabinet and board of trustees from the training.However, Gonzales and Villar are still on the hot seat for training no one outside of the Gang of Four (Trustee Brent Fernandes, Trustee Al Galvez, Trustee Robert E. Garibay and board president Maria Velarde-Garcia) feel they deserve.

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Little League President Threatens Legal Action Against BVN Print E-mail
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Written by Jack Porter, Jr.   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:40
Photo from www.maderafb.com - Limited use under Fair Use DoctrineParks Admin Ignore ADA Issues With Baseball Complex Remodel

EDITORIAL - People should really not thrust themselves into the public arena unless they can stand the spotlight. A person cannot step-up to run a public organization that benefits hundreds of kids in this community then complain when they are being held accountable for or find that some disagree with their actions. Case in point, Steven Barsotti of Foster Parker Insurance, a two year board member and now president of the Madera National Little League.

At a parent meeting at Lincoln Elementary last month over one hundred Little League parents attended to hear changes to the league and meet their new board of directors. After the league's umpire coordinator Mark Palacios spoke, parents were asked if they had any questions. Out of the over one hundred people there, only one parent spoke up.

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Board President Plays the Victim - Community Doesn't Buy It Print E-mail
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Written by Jack Porter Jr.   
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 22:43

UPDATED 9:00am 2/25/2015

EDITORIAL - Political apathy seemed to disappear from Madera at least for one night at the Madera Unified School District's board of trustee meeting. Board president Maria Garcia and her puppet master, Bob Garibay, made their second attempt to remove Superintendent Ed Gonzales from his job in the last two months. This time, however, they met a little resistance from something called THE COMMUNITY.

The strings that Bob uses to control Maria must have been broken last night because Garibay was controlling the show, while Garcia, like a good dummy, just sat quietly in her chair. From the start Garibay wanted the community to know that all of the hubbabaloo was about a typo on the boards closed session agenda.

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MUSD Board Leadership: A Train Wreck Waiting to Happen Print E-mail
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Written by Jack W Porter, Jr.   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 23:54
***UPDATE BELOW****

EDITORIAL - I don't think the term "Train Wreck" is strong enough to describe how far off course the Madera Unified School District Board of Trustees are heading this year. The leadership on the board is inexperienced or worse, a puppet for fellow board member Robert Garibay.

This week board president Maria Velarde-Garcia called a special meeting for two items, new attorneys for the school district and an item approving training for the staff at Madera High School. The second item passed with very little fanfare, the first was proof that our current board president is in way over her head.

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It's OK to Vote No on Measure G - MUSD Has Not Earned Our Trust Print E-mail
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Written by B|V|N Newsroom   
Saturday, 01 November 2014 23:42

EDITORIAL - Yes the Madera Unified School District needs a third high school. There is no doubt that both MUSD high schools are facing overcrowding and deal with the problems that brings. The only thing in doubt is whether or not the voters can trust the MUSD board of "trustees" and district administration to actually do what they say they will and not come up with other uses for the bond money, then come back to the voters in two years and ask for another bond.

We've been here before. The district came to the voters and asked for money under a proposed general obligation bond for the Madera South High School but instead of completing the high school with the first bond, they build several elementary schools and half of a high school. Then came back and asked the voters to pass a second bond to complete the high school. And to build a pool.

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