BOARD MIFFED BY PROBLEMS IN TAX COLLECTORS OFFICE — Miffed supervisors ordered another telephone line installed in the Madera County Tax Collector’s office to handle an avalanche of calls. Tax Collector Janice Whipkey had sent a memo to the board which noted that ever since delinquent tax notices were sent out, the office has been a “mad house.” Whipkey has asked the board to hire two employees to handle the problem. Supervisor Al Ginsburg asked if the real problem was not the phone lines but “is anybody in charge?” Whipkey was attending a conference Tuesday and was unable to make the meeting.
FIGULY LET GO AS CHOWCHILLA CITY ADMINISTRATOR — Chowchilla City Administrator Al Figuly’s contract will not be renewed. The Chowchilla City Council has apparently reached a decision not to pick up the operating contract for 1988/89, leaving the slot open. Assistant City Administrator Nancy Red-Bump will serve the interim. Figuly now indicates that foremost in his mind is a vacation. He said he couldn’t sign another year’s contract, citing “changing needs for the city.” It has become evident in recent weeks that a hitch has developed between the council and Figuly.
ENGLISH CLASSES OPEN DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY — Alberto Rubio is taking classes in English as a Second Language, offered by Madera Unified School District, so that he can use his knowledge of engineering to land a good job. Rubio is a “whiz” on a computer, he has a degree in mathematics and physics, and is an electrical engineer. But he is working in the fields right now because a language barrier is in his way. ESL teacher Martin Urias said many people think that only farm laborers attend his classes. In one class, he had an engineer, a doctor, a premed student, a school teacher, a registered nurse, and a captain in the military of his native land.
LOPEZ SPENDS $4,793 IN SUPERVISOR CAMPAIGN — Jess Lopez, incumbent candidate and winner in last week’s District 4 supervisorial race, took in $3,389 and spent $4793 for his campaign. Nine contributors donated $100 dollars. They were Bill Hill, Don Darnell, Marcella Andrews, Earl Baker, Mary Murphy, Darwin Shebelut Investments, Fresno Beverage, Titos Bail Bonds, and Miracle Realty. Hernandez and Stanley, attorneys gave $200, and FMADCO Disposal Service of Oakhurst contributed $250. The Lopez campaign paid out $650 to Lopez-Fimbrez Fund Raiser and $758 to KHOT Radio for advertising...