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If you own property in Stanislaus County, then you are part of the Yosemite Community College District and you're paying taxes for the new and renovated buildings at Modesto Junior College that were financed by the 2004 bond authorization known as Measure E.
Riverbank, which has had more than its share of chaos and controversy over the last couple of years, should soon have a full City Council again. The mail ballots have gone out and the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 4 to fill the vacancy created when Richard O'Brien was elected mayor last November.
History has taught that rivers flood and levees fail. Expanding floodways, restoring floodplains and allowing rivers to be rivers saves lives and taxpayer dollars. We can't prevent flooding; the best we can do is reduce its risk. Retiring low-lying, flood-prone riverside land is a cost-effective strategy to reduce flood risk and protect people and property.
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A weekend conference titled "The Changing Face of America" wraps up this morning at UC Berkeley with a panel discussion called "Friends and Foes: The Politics of Immigration Reform."
In recent years, Vallejo has been known mostly and sadly for the fact that it went bankrupt in 2008. Today, the beleaguered city on San Pablo Bay is making news for something innovative and exciting. It is holding a first-in-the-nation citywide experiment with direct democracy known as "participatory budgeting."
When voters passed Proposition 30 last year, they unwittingly accelerated one of the most perilous trends in California governmental finance an ever-increasing reliance on income taxes from rich people to finance schools and myriad other state and local services.
At least some of those grease spots on the Assembly and Senate floors are what's left of grand legislation to raise taxes on the oil industry.
Thank you for publishing "One price should fit all at state's JCs" (Our View, May 7) emphasizing the negative impacts of two-tier pricing for students. The two-tier pricing creates an unfair disadvantage for the students who can't get the regular course and will further worsen problems in the California community college system.
We wonder why there have been so many teen suicides lately. Many say that suicidal tendencies stem from a hard life. But what is considered a hard life? Is it being called horrible names? Is it being physically abused by family members or peers? Is it being picked on day by day by day for no good reason?
My neighborhood agrees with smoke-free parks for various reasons. One is because cigarettes are harmful to children and families that go to parks. Little children might grab a butt and think it's cool to pretend to smoke it.