Weekend News Briefs from CVBT

May 12, 2017 9:01pm
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•  The governor takes a trip

•  The senator wants a hearing

•  A city wants more mottos

•  And more….

Governor to travel to China in June

California’s governor plans to travel to the cities of Chengdu, Nanjing and Beijing in China during the first week of June. He says the trip is to strengthen California’s climate, clean energy and economic ties with China.

During the week-long trip, Gov. Edmund Gerald Brown Jr. is scheduled to participate in the Clean Energy Ministerial, an annual meeting of energy ministers and other high-level delegates from nearly two dozen countries and will join China’s Ministry of Science and Technology and Sichuan Province to host the “Under2 Clean Energy Forum,” which expands on the Clean Energy Ministerial by bringing together members of the Under2 Coalition – leaders of cities, provinces and states – as well as businesses and non-governmental organizations to discuss subnational and non-state action to decarbonize the economy.

In addition to the events in Beijing, Mr. Brown is scheduled to travel to Chengdu in Sichuan Province in southwestern China and Nanjing, the capital city of China’s eastern Jiangsu Province.


Feinstein calls for Judiciary Committee hearings on Comey firing

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is the senior minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wants the committee to hold hearings on the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

“President Trump and the White House have presented an ever-changing narrative on the rationale for the firing of FBI Director Comey. This triggers a need for the Judiciary Committee to hold hearings and get to the bottom of this,” says Ms. Feinstein. “This is a very serious matter, with significant implications for the rule of law and the strength of our democracy.”

Meanwhile, California’s junior U.S. Senator, Kamala Harris, is calling for the Department of Justice Inspector General to look into possible political interference with the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged involvement with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

The Judiciary Committee is controlled by republicans who were quiet about the need for any inquiries.


Two are reappointed to Valley Partnership

Theodore Smalley, 50, of Visalia, and Max Rodriguez, 77, of Madera have been reappointed to the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley Board of Directors.

Mr. Smalley, executive director at the Tulare County Association of Governments, has been on the Partnership’s board since 2010.

Mr. Rodriguez, a Madera County Supervisor, has been on the Partnership board since 2013.

The appointments by the governor do not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Mr. Smalley is registered without party preference and Mr. Rodriguez is a Democrat.


Merced looking for a new slogan

Got a catchy slogan for the city of Merced? The Central Valley city is sponsoring a contest to propose welcome signs with slogans at the entryways to the city on Highways 99, 59, and 140.

There are no welcome signs declaring to visitors, prospective residents, and business investors who or what the city is. Is it more than the current slogan, “Gateway to Yosemite?"

A subcommittee of the city council working with many service clubs organized the contest.

Participants may submit five theme/slogan/motto entries for the new welcome signs. Five entries may also be submitted for the design of new signs, or other unique landmark structures. Alternatively, submittals may incorporate all ideas, themes, and structure designs.

All entries are due by Friday, October 6 and become the property of the city of Merced.

The award for the winning theme/branding entry will be $300 and for the winning structure design also $300. Because there are multiple locations for Welcome Signs, there may be multiple winners. For more information, email welcomesign@cityofmerced.org, or call Mike Conway, at (209) 385-6232.

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