COURT ABUSED POWER — The 5th District Court of Appeals issued an opinion that the Madera Superior Court abused its power in ruling that the Yosemite Union High School District school board must call a meeting. The Appeals Court also ruled that the lower court abused its power in ordering the Madera County Sheriff’s Department to post an agenda calling a meeting if the board did not. The YUHSD board has not had a meeting since April. A community group has been waiting for a board meeting so that it can present signed recall petitions for three of the trustees.
LOCAL COMPANY LEAVES OVER BUYBACK PROVISO — Anderson Doors, based in Madera since its inception in 1985, is negotiating a land sale with the city of Merced because it refused an offer for land in the Madera Airport Business Park. Madera wanted to stipulate a buyback agreement, which would require substantial completion of the promised facility in about a year and would require the return of unused property if it is not utilized within a specified time, generally five years. Owner Dennis Anderson says he cannot obtain bank financing with the buyback agreement.
WAYNE GETS EARLY APPOINTMENT — Supervisors appointed Deputy District Attorney Roger Wayne to fill the vacant seat on the Borden Judicial Court Tuesday. Wayne, the winner in the June election over Earl Bandy and Paul Bartke would have normally taken the seat in January, but with the resignation of Judge James Oakley, he was asked to start earlier. Wayne told the board he had vacation planned in July, but Supervisor Harry Baker said, “Vacations will always be around,” and urged the board to go ahead and appoint Wayne.
TRUSTEES APROVE AG FARM PURCHASE — The $750,000 purchase of a 40-acre parcel to accommodate a magnet agricultural facility near Madera High School was approved by Madera Unified trustees Tuesday night. Trustees voted 5-1 in favor of buying the land located next to where the new high school will be built. Trustee Benny Barsotti voted against it, and Trustee Gus Gustaveson was absent. “The expenditure of the money at this time is ill-advised,” Barsotti said. Board President Gloria Kunz pointed to the price the district will pay if the board waits...