TAXPAYERS LOOK TO REVOKE SUPERVISORS RAISE — The Taxpayers Association of Madera County believes a 30 percent pay raise for county supervisors is too much to swallow and hopes enough other residents feel the same. The TAMC is circulating petitions calling for a referendum against the raise. The March 7 action boosted supervisors salaries from $19,444 to $26,112 annually. “We felt that the raise at this time was excessive in view of the county’s budgetary situation,” said Coyle. “There are a lot of people in the county who could use a raise. A 30 percent raise was out of line and sets a poor example,” Coyle added. The board approved the raise on a 3-2 vote, with Supervisors Harry Baker and Al Ginsburg casting the no votes.
FURMAN HONORED BY CHEVRON — Donn Furman, executive director of the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, is being honored with Chevrons Kennedy Award for Conservation. The award will be presented to Furman at a Washington D.C. banquet on May 17. Assemblyman Jim Costa nominated Furman for the honor. Furman is a 1968 graduate of Madera High School, who prior to being hired as Parkway executive director in October 1988, worked with the San Joaquin River Committee, an allied organization. Furman’s father, Duane, retired two years ago as superintendent of the Madera Unified School District, and his mother was a teacher with the district.
JURKOVICH NAMED LAWMAN OF THE YEAR — The Madera Exchange Club paused Friday to honor the commitment of law enforcement officers and named Detective Michael Jurkovich as Lawman of the Year. The Madera police officer was instrumental in creating the department’s Asset Forfeiture Program, designed to subvert drug trafficking through the confiscation of cars, cash, and other items tied to narcotics. In 1988, more than $35,000 in cash and five vehicles valued at $100,000 were confiscated through the program. Designed as a fresh means of curing drub trafficking, the program utilizes federal and state procedures to seize items such as cars and cash allegedly connected to narcotics activities. Jurkovich is a detective by day and a law student by night.
STATE DENIES FUNDING FOR PLANNED STATION — The state’s denial of $1.2 million for a facility to consolidate city and county transit services has put local plans on hold. City officials had high hopes of receiving funding for the proposed Madera Intermodal Transportation Center earmarked for North E Street and intended to house Amtrak, Dial-A-Ride, taxi service, and tour and shuttle buses. A 1.16-acre site utilizing buildings on both sides of North E Street was targeted for the complex, and the city purchased the Southern Pacific Depot to house Amtrak. Angered Madera officials have reacted strongly to the denial and Caltrans has continued to meet with them. Councilman Patrick O’Rourke, who has backed the concept since 1985, said, “We’ve rattled every cage we can rattle.” ...