I attended the Madera Central Valley Tea Party meeting at our local VFW Monday. During the meeting, two guest speakers provided a wealth of information to those present.
First to speak was Madera County Assessor Tom Kidwell, who outlined the responsibilities of his office, and told of tax-saving programs. Mr. Kidwell spoke of individual property rights included in Proposition 13, and in the Williamson Act. He also provided information on how local property owners could file to reduce their property tax assessment.
The other guest speaker was Mr. Devon Broggan, director of the Richmond, Calif., Neighborhood Safety Program, a community-based program aimed at reducing gun-related homicides. Mr. Broggan spent considerable time outlining the city of Richmond’s efforts to reduce gun violence by youth. He presented statistical information on Richmond’s success in reducing gun-related homicides 47 percent during a five-year period (2004 to 2009) by community outreach to youth, involved in gun-related homicides and assaults.
I was pleased to see a few of our local elected leaders in attendance, but was disappointed to see not one City Council member, county supervisor, or local law enforcement official present.
Those officials who deal with gang activity in our county could have benefitted greatly from the information presented and were conspicuously absent.
The local members of the Victory Outreach Program provided an update on their efforts to reduce gang activity.
I wish to thank the guest speakers, and the Madera Central Valley Tea Party for the information I received, and a very informative evening. Regardless of political affiliation, this is information important to all of Madera’s citizens.
The local Tea Party meets on the third Monday of each month at the VFW at 6 p.m.
Harlen A. Rippetoe,