ROBERT E. GARIBAY: BEHIND THE HEADLINES — Mayor Robert Garibay is this week’s subject in “Behind the Headlines.” The 37-year-old Maderan is married with four children. He is a certified public accountant. He says that he laughs during meetings of the City Council because “We all play to the audience looking for support.” Garibay says if he had the time, he would visit each resident in Madera to let them know that he represents their interests. The mayor says that some people say the last truly stupid thing he did was to run for City Council.
MUSD TO CONSIDER ANOTHER BUILDING OFFER FROM BERRY — First Dave Berry made a proposal, then he withdrew it. Now he has made one again. Madera Unified trustees will have a special meeting tonight to once again decide whether to buy the already standing Boise Cascade building or accept the latest proposal from Berry Construction to build a new building for a warehouse and maintenance facility. Although Berry was unwilling to disclose the details of his current proposal, he did say this offer “is too good to turn down.”
TRUSTEES STICK BY BOISE CASCADE PURCHASE — Despite a new offer from developer Dave Berry, which was $90,000 lower than the last one, Madera Unified trustees stuck by their decision to acquire the Boise Cascade building. After Superintendent Tom Riley said he liked the idea of a new building, Trustee Benny Barsotti said, “I sure feel like I’m being jerked around, and it upsets me.” Barsotti was referring to the fact that Riley earlier had supported the Boise Cascade purchase. After Barsotti’s comments, Riley told the board that the administration could live with either decision.
AMNESTY APPLICANTS RUSH TO BEAT MIDNIGHT DEADLINE — Terrified that he would miss today’s amnesty application deadline, David Garcia said he has often been unable to eat. Garcia, 40, is one of hundreds of undocumented workers in Madera rushing to beat tonight’s midnight deadline to file for legal residency in the United States. Amnesty is promised to those who can prove continuous residency in the United States since Jan. 1, 1982. Garcia said many people unable to save enough money for filing fees are panicked about the deadline. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service is charging $185 for individuals and $420 for families...