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Greasy-haired guys in hot rods necked with gals in poodle skirts while nearby families in Studebakers stared ahead at the screen, munching on popcorn and Pez candies.

It was during the heyday of the drive-in movie theater, 1950, when Verne and Maymie Schwin opened their family-run business in Porterville, Calif. Nearly 60 years later, many memories from the drive-in era of Elvis hits and sock hops have faded, but Roseburg’s Shirley Schwin has about 5,000 reminders — her movie posters, a legacy from her late husband.

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Funny, I have been watching as trees are chopped down and the land of that drive-in is cleared slowly – something is up there. I have been meaning to go take some pictures before it is gone completely.

And I am not the only one, yesterday I came across this blog by a local photographer featuring photos of the drive-in:  N. Godinez Photography

Taken at the old Porterville Drive-in Theater

Taken at the old Porterville Drive-in Theater

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Editor – Porterville Recorder Job in Porterville 93258

I guess Glen Faison, the current editor is moving on. Can’t say as I blame him.

This job opening from Monster just now came across my desk

Editor – Porterville RecorderAbout the JobThe Porterville Recorder, a 9,500 daily newspaper serving the central California valley, is seeking an experienced Editor to lead our 10-person team in covering community news and issues.

As usual, anything that comes out of the Recorder is of questionable accuracy. No way this paper is 9500 circulation, I was told by a “well placed insider” this past January that the circulation had dropped far below that by then. No comment on if there is a “10 person team” or not, although I am sure that more than 10 people are still employed by the paper.

Our candidate must have experience in covering a variety of beats and be comfortable in the role of mentor to young reporters.

That much is true – I was interviewed recently by a reporter who left the Recorder for the local weekly Sierra Messenger while still in (or having recently completed) High School. The other two news reporters are interns just out of college. They are eager and working hard from what I can tell, but they are very rough around the edges, never thinking to get opposing quotes even when covering a local story that is controversial and getting national attention.

A high degree of community involvement and direct reader engagement is required.​ We have renewed our focus on community news and the people in the communities we serve.​ The successful candidate must be able to balance an active role in the community with aggressive approaches to news, sports and feature coverage.​ As the editorial page editor, our Editor will write editorials and seek out the local voices necessary to build a lively discussion across multiple platforms.

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99th anniversary of death of “Demented Man” in Porterville Passes unnoticed

… until now.

From the newspaper The San Francisco Call, August 18, 1910:


Nude Body Found With Clothing Scattered in Field
[Special Dispatch to The Call] PORTERVILLE, Aug. 17.— PORTERVILLE, Aug. 17.— In Alila colony a party  of dove hunters yesterday discovered in a stubble field four miles east of the Southern Pacific railroad the dead body, of a nude man.

About the field were later found articles of clothing which had been torn from the man’s body, indicating that he had become demented. From the emaciated condition of the body it is possible that his mania had been induced by starvation.

In one of the pockets was a bit of paper on which was written “Schneider.”

The dead man was about 40 years of age and 5 feet 7 inches in height. Although his hands were calloused from labor, some of his clothing was unusually good.… Read the rest

Porterville General Plan

Download the Porterville General Plan Update here.

Earlier today I was looking for the Porterville City General Plan. It is difficult to find on the City’s own web site. Thanks to the City Officials who helped me find this important document, which cover’s the City’s vision of itself looking out to 2030.

Here is the Porterville General Plan update (64.3 mb pdf, be patient), and hopefully this will now be searchable in google so everyone so inclined can review and comment on this.… Read the rest

Wounded psyche in need of repair, not a statesman

There is a distasteful type of article that appears often, covering many kind of topics. The rhetoric goes along these lines: I tried something, it didn’t work out, and so you shouldn’t try it. Movie and restaurant reviews are generally of this type.

But there is a less innocuous but still common variant that is easily found. In the variant, the rhetoric is: I tried something, it didn’t work out, hence it can’t work out, we must bring the whole weight of the government to prevent anyone from trying again.

For example, The Worst Thing About Gay Marriage: It isn’t going to work by Sam Schulman in the June 1, 2009Weekly Standard magazine. Schulman repeats a litany of questions and assertions, all without any citation or seemingly any coherence at all, to try to suggest that gay marriages simply can’t work. Despite evidence from States around the US and countries around the world to the contrary.

But buried deep int he article he reveals himself and his true concern, and how his rant fits into te category I described above:

Few men would ever bother to enter into a romantic heterosexual marriage–much less three, as I have done–were it not for the iron grip of necessity that falls upon us when we are unwise enough to fall in love with a woman other than our mom.

Schulman has tried marriage 3 times, already failed twice, and is carrying the failures as burdens in his 3rd. The long list of what he perceives a marriage to be starts to look more like personal concerns rather than absolutes.

As always happens  with these types of articles, they are about the author’s personal demons, not something the public cares about. Schulman seeks a kind of absolution from us, the reader, granting him release from his errors, by asking us to enact a law that would prevent men and women like him who want to get married,  from even ever having the chance to find out that their relationship is or is not going to last.… Read the rest

Bizarre Article on Porterville SB54 Vote

Michael Shelton, pastor at First Baptist Church and a resident of Porterville, wrote an op-ed piece published today in the local paper that congratulates the Council for an action it did not take:

I want to go on record and applaud the Porterville City Council for taking a definitive stand on the issue of marriage. It is between a man and a woman. History bears this out for centuries, as being the intended state of marriage.

He then rambles on with a long series of arguments we have debunked thoroughly and repeatedly over the last 11 months before Council. We have debunked them so thoroughly that few if any of them were presented to Council during the 90minutes+ of open comments at last Tuesday’s meeting by the way.

For example:

Gay is a choice. Period. End of story. The APA has recently declared no gay gene. It is a behavioral choice.

How can 5 such short sentences have so many fallacies?

Science has never shown a “stupid” gene either.

Full text of the article after the jump, because I can’t believe this is what he meant to publish and the paper has taken material down before.… Read the rest

Statement from Barry Caplan, representing Same-Sex Marriage Advocates of Porterville

This Statement was read into the record immediately following the historic vote on August 4th when the Porterville City Council voted 3-2 rejecting a resolution to oppose mark Leno’s (D-SF) SB 54 bill.

The bill  would, if passed, clarify issues for same sex couples who are  legally married in other states and then arrive in California, in essence granting them all the rights of a marriage without allowing the relationship to be deemed a marriage. This is designed to clarify a gap in coverage that the California Supreme Court has identified in Prop 8, now a Constitutional Amendment.

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Text of Cameron Hamilton’s Resolution opposing SB 54

After the jump is the full text of the Resolution that Porterville’s City Council considered and rightfully rejected on August 4, 2009.

Earlier, I reported the brief results and a statement from Shannon Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

RESOLUTION NO.  _______-2009

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Porterville City Council Rejects Mean Spirited Resolution

Lots of drama last night to report. Expect a flurry of posts over the next couple of days. This is good news, very good news.

Let’s start with a simple summary of the results and a quote:

The only City Council in the entire State of California to pass a resolution in favor of Prop 8 declined to oppose SB54 when it gave itself the opportunity.

And a statement from Shannon Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

We applaud the Council for doing the right thing and voting down this resolution.  SB 54 is a commonsense measure that will prevent unnecessary litigation, expense, and uncertainty for committed couples who need certainty about their legal rights.

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Porterville California City Council to Vote on Controversial Same-Sex Marriage Topic Yet Again

July 29, 2009
Porterville, CA

Continues to drain city resources and reputation

Former Mayor and current Councilmember Cameron Hamilton is scheduled to introduce a resolution asking the Council to condemn same sex marriage, this time using Mark Leno’s Senate Bill 54 as a hook, at the next Porterville City Council Meeting on August 4, 2009. The meeting will take place at 7PM at City Hall on Main Street in Porterville, deep in California’s Central Valley. Local Civil Rights advocates and leaders will be available for press comments both before and after the meeting.

Unlike last September’s resolution in support of Prop 8 introduced by Councilmember Brian Ward which passed unanimously with minimal public notice, Hamilton’s new attempt is happening in full view of Civil Rights advocates from Porterville and across the state. The local advocates have been present at every public meeting for months educating City Council and Portervillians on how Council’s September Resolution hurts individuals and places the ability of the City to do its ordinary business at risk.

At the July 21, 2009 City Council meeting Hamilton asked for permission to introduce a resolution regarding Senate Bill 54. SB 54, introduced by Mark Leno (D-SF) would allow same-sex couples who were married legally in another state but who are now in California all the rights rights that California grants married couples except the right to call themselves married. This is squarely in line with Prop 8 supporting campaign materials and rank and file comments that the issue is not the rights granted to the couples but rather the name “marriage”.

During the very heated discussion at the most recent Council meeting on July 21, new Mayor Pete McCracken, and Councilmen Pedro Martinez and Felipe Martinez echoed the advocate’s arguments that they have heard many times: that Council is not the place to discuss State and Federal level matters and that damages the City’s economic development efforts.… Read the rest

Equality U, July 19, Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Porterville

Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Porterville

Sunday service is at 10:30 am; coffee and visiting at 10:15 am

135 E. Harrison (Corner of Harrison Ave. and Fourth St.)

Porterville, CA 93257

For additional information call 782-1724

Our website is:

July programs coordinated by Terry Crewse

July 19 “Equality U” A feature length documentary following a group of 33 young activists on the Soulforce Equality Ride, a first of its kind, to confront antigay discrimination policies at 19 conservative religious and military colleges. Discussion with John Coffee and Brock Neeley. Ann Marie Wagstaff has been able to get Equality Rider Kayla Bonewell to join us.

We invite recent new attendees at Fellowship to linger a while longer so that we might get to know you better. Ask a member how you can become more involved in the weekly activities. June 21 was not only the summer solstice but also a standout performance by presenter Ann Marie Wagstaff with 28 persons attending the program. Many are involved at Porterville college but others were just interested in the program. A great day!

We will continue meeting throughout the summer whether we have 8 or 28 people in attendance. If you can help in any way with programming, please sign up on the program list clip-board.

We, the member congregations of the UUA, covenant to affirm and promote:

The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in

society at large;

The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.… Read the rest