Republican and former RTD official Tina Francone becomes newest Jeffco commissioner

The board of commissioners in Jefferson County is whole once again, with the swearing-in this week of Tina Francone to fill the seat vacated by longtime commissioner Don Rosier last month. Courtesy photo, RTDRTD board director Tina Francone was chosen Friday, Jan. 19 by the Jefferson County GOP vacancy committee to replace Don Rosier as the county’s next commissioner Francone, who has stepped down from her job as a director for the Regional Transportation District, was appointed by the county Republican Party on Jan. 19 to replace Rosier in District 3. Rosier last year announced his departure after serving seven years as commissioner in order to take a job heading… Read More

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Oroville Dam: Feds unsure whether they will pay for spillway repairs

Washington – While it has been assumed the federal government will pay 75 percent of the now-$870 million cost for repairing the Oroville Dam spillways, the agency that actually would allocate the money has been hedging on whether that is the case, according to two north state congressmen. A joint press release from Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, and John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been telling Congress it’s uncertain whether FEMA has the authority to pay for the types of repairs being made. FEMA has stated it can’t fund a project where the agency determines there was a “lack of maintenance,” and can only provide reimbursements for… Read More

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Cory Gardner joins Hawaiian senator to support bill on missile attack alerts

WASHINGTON — A new bill being co-sponsored by Colorado Republican Cory Gardner would make the federal government the sole entity in charge of warning U.S. citizens of a missile attack — a reform that’s in direct response to a false warning sent last month by state officials in Hawaii. The measure also would ask that the Federal Emergency Management Agency examine the process in which alerts are sent to the public, as well as develop a system to test the warning systems of state or local governments. “Our national integrated public alert system is not something we can afford to get wrong,” said Gardner in a statement. “What happened in… Read More

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Letter: Firings of Rosenstein and Mueller can’t be far behind

Since Trump water carrier, Devin Nunes’ less-than-defining memo has come out, trashing the FBI and the Related Articles Letter: County Office of Education needs full search for superintendent Letter: Can the private sector lend a hand in housing crisis? Letter: Make mining companies clean up their pollution Letter: Immigration laws have not been adequately enforced Letter: Single-payer hasn’t worked elsewhere, won’t work here Department of Justice, can the firings of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Bob Mueller, be far behind? Actually, I almost wish Mr. Trump would fire them, thus committing an obstructive act so outrageous that even his sycophants, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan,… Read More

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Letter: Rotate site of San Jose city council meetings

Victor Davis Hanson suggests government seats of power be partitioned and distributed over the area governed to bring administrators closer to those they oversee (Opinion, Feb. 2). Related Articles Letter: County Office of Education needs full search for superintendent Letter: Can the private sector lend a hand in housing crisis? Letter: Make mining companies clean up their pollution Letter: Immigration laws have not been adequately enforced Letter: Single-payer hasn’t worked elsewhere, won’t work here San Jose should embrace this concept by holding one city council meeting each month at a council district location, rotating each month to a different district. Not only would this force city leaders out of their… Read More

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Opinion: March Fong Eu blazed the trail of political diversity

Last month, I attended the funeral of trailblazing California politician March Fong Eu, who died in December at the age of 95. Eu, born in 1922 in Oakdale in Stanislaus County, where her parents ran a hand-wash laundry, became the first Asian American woman to hold an elected constitutional statewide office in the United States. She was elected four times to the state Assembly representing the East Bay and five times as California secretary of state before serving as ambassador to Micronesia in the Clinton administration. Having been her legislative administrative assistant for a few years in the early 1970s, I attended her funeral for the usual reasons: To pay… Read More

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