SMOKE LIGHTS UP SUPERVISORS MEETING — A proposed draft smoking ordinance which will ban lighting up in county facilities will be discussed by supervisors when they meet Tuesday. The ordinance, which has been a year in the making will ban smoking in all county facilities except some parts of the jail if adopted. It will also apply in county vehicles unless all passengers in the vehicle approve of smoking. Enforcement will be up to department heads, and penalties will run from $10 to $500.
NO SMOKING ORDINANANCE IGNITES BOARD DISCUSSION — Assistant County Engineer Dowe Stinson just wants the same right proposed for jail inmates. He wants to smoke in a county building. Under a draft ordinance discussed by supervisors, only jail inmates would be allowed to puff away. Stinson, who estimated he smokes 20 cigarettes in six hours, pointed out that the apparent inequity is “hard to accept.” Board Chairwoman Gail Hanhart McIntyre is primarily responsible for drafting the ordinance. Supervisor Harry Baker wanted to know what alternative Stinson wanted so “you can be on the same level as crooks.”
LUA FOUND NOT GUILTY — Jose Vasquez Lua was found not guilty of the murder of Felix Lopez, a Madera man shot point blank while sitting in his car Aug. 13 near the corner of Tenth and B Streets. Immediately following the unanimous jury decision, the courtroom came alive. “What?” someone screamed, followed by another call of “Drug money! Drug money!” Three Madera women testified they saw Lua in Fresno on the night the murder was committed.
MADERA NABS INDUSTRIAL PRIZE — After 14 months of laying the groundwork to bring a major building manufacturer to Madera, city officials were all smiles Monday as they sealed the deal, which will bring up to 250 jobs to the community. The City Council granted formal approval to the 12.3 acres in the Madera Industrial Park to United Structures of America, Inc., the eighth largest building manufacturer in the nation. USA Inc. officials were looking for fully improved property so they could move in quickly, according to Jim Taubert, executive director of the Madera County Industrial Development Commission...