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Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown released the revision of his budget for 2013-14. Even though the taxes collected by the state this year were $4.5 billion higher than predicted, the governor is taking an extremely cautious approach too cautious when it comes to tackling climate change, which we think needs an aggressive approach.
The idea to enact an urban limit on Modesto housing and reduce sprawl onto our best farmland has value. Yet it has been met with an amazing amount of resistance.
The flock of kids descended on my car, raised their fists and ...But wait, I guess I should provide some context here. Courtesy of Mother Nature's sense of humor, the recent rain spatters combined with the ever-present pollen had done an excellent job of making my car look filthy.
It isn't every day 12th District Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen can be seen holding hands with the Obama administration, yet there she is, like Jack and Jill going up the hill to fetch a pail of oil. That's right, oil. In a March 22 commentary ("Valley's economic recovery lies in shale deposit"), Olsen trumpeted the exploitation of shale trapped oil found in large deposits from Kern County to the west side of Stanislaus while the Obama administration, through the Bureau of Land Management, has approved the lease of 2,700 acres in Fresno and Monterey counties to oil and gas drillers.
Climbing slowly from a deep recession, the usual suspects awake from hibernation and reveal they haven't learned anything. The developers, land-use attorneys, real estate speculators and their favorite politicians are ready to get rolling.
'Sorry, could you please repeat that. I did not catch what you just said." I should print those words boldly on a sign which I could hold over my head as I walk through life alongside my 30 million fellow Americans with hearing impairment. (Some say it is 50 million; whatever the number, there are a lot of us in this stress-filled situation.)
Editor's note: Masumoto gave the commencement speech at UC Merced on May 19. This is an excerpt from that speech, expanded to include high school graduates.
Even when a gang member rarely and remarkably achieves a glimmer of cultural perspective, he or she remains trapped by their culture, bad or forced choices.
We have been exploring the neighborhood looking for new spots along the Stanislaus River to park and jump in to cool off on a hot summer's day. Most of the "fishing access" parks are quite handy. We recently spent a wonderful morning at Fox Grove Fishing Access off Geer Road, and I was surprised by a lot of things.
The words "fun" and "math" are not usually mentioned in the same sentence but they were recently. "They make math fun," said sixth-grader Nayeli Garcia. "It makes you want to come back."
Over the course of a career, firefighters are relentlessly exposed to a hellish mix of toxins. These exposures put firefighters at a substantially greater risk of getting cancer a reality documented in more than 80 peer-reviewed medical studies.
We adopted kids don't like to think of ourselves as unwanted. We prefer the idea that we were just born in the wrong place and needed extra time for the best people to find us, then love and raise us. May is National Foster Care month, so you can guess what I'm asking you to consider.
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.
Mark Twain's first published story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" was read with amusement nationwide after being printed in the New York Saturday Press in 1865. The story's main character, Jim Smiley, arrived in Angels Camp during the Gold Rush and was described as "the most curious man about, always betting on anything that turned up." Smiley said his frog, Dan'l Webster, "can outjump any frog in Calaveras County."