RILEY DEFENDS MUSD; ADMITS MAPA RIGHT ON ONE COUNT — Madera Unified School District Superintendent told the school board last night that the accusations of sexual harrassment against a female principal are untrue but did acknowledge that the district has no minority administrators. Riley said MUSD’S student population features 51 percent Hispanics, “The lack of minority site administrators makes it a target for cultural insensitivity and lack of understanding of the necessity of developing powerful role models for our Chicano and other minority youths.
JENSEN’S NEWSLETTER CAUSES FEUD — Supervisor Rick Jensen’s bid to use county money to finance a newsletter for his district drew criticism from other supervisors and suggestions that the request was politically motivated. Jensen was clearly angered and said, “That bugs the hell out of me.” Jensen had asked his fellow board members for $50 per month to pay for the newsletter. Supervisor Al Ginsburg said he had yet to see a newsletter from a politician that wasn’t “furthering their own cause.” The vote was 4 to 1 against Jensen’s proposal.
MADERA STUDENTS WITNESS CRUCIAL VOTE ON SENATE FLOOR — Eight students from Millview and James Monroe schools got a rare treat in Sacramento yesterday. The students, who were researching the legislative record of George Washington Mordecai, were invited to the floor of the State Senate by Senate Minority Leader Ken Maddy to witness his speech in support of Dan Lundgren’s nomination for state treasurer. The students stood within feet of Maddy while he made his speech. They also witnessed the Senate vote, that went against Lundgren. While in Sacramento, the students also met with Assemblyman Jim Costa.
CODY GARDINI DIES — Cody E. Gardini died Wednesday in a Madera hospital of a lengthy illness. He was a native of Italy and came to the United States with his parents, two brothers, and one sister. His family arrived at Ellis Island on April 11, 1905. For a time, his family lived in Louisiana. They arrived in Madera in December 1905, and Mr. Gardini remained here for 82 years. He was a farmer. He is survived by a son, Leonard Gardini of Fresno; one sister, Etalia Del Bono, of Madera and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Calvary Cemetery...