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County of Madera


About County Clerk – Elections Division

About County Clerk – Elections Division


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The County of Madera, City of Madera, and City of Chowchilla have established the following locations as Cooling Centers during times of extreme summer heat. The Centers will be open the days and times of the week as indicated on the list provided below. Other Centers may be opened on an “as need” basis and will be announced through the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Centers are closed on holidays unless otherwise indicated.

For more information on County locations, please contact the Sheriff’s Department/Office of Emergency Services at (559) 675-7770.

For more information on City of Madera locations, please contact City Administration at (559) 661-5400 (during regular business hours) or the Madera Police Department at (559) 675-4200 after regular business hours. City of Madera residents may contact Dial-a-Ride at (559) 661-7433 for transportation. Center hours will be extended as needed and announced through the local media.
For more information on City of Chowchilla locations, please contact the City Community Relations Office at (559) 665-8615, extension 110 (during regular business hours); and the Chowchilla Police Department at (559) 665-8600 after regular business hours. During business hours, residents may contact CATX for transportation at (559) 665-8655.

Activation of the Cooling Center sites, beyond regular operating hours, will be assessed on an “as need” basis.

City of Chowchilla

Chowchilla Senior Center
820 W. Robertson Blvd.
Chowchilla, CA
Mon - Fri 9:00am – 1:00pm

City/County of Madera

Frank Bergon Senior Center
238 South D. Street
Madera, CA 
Mon - Fri 8:00am – 2:30pm

Madera Rescue Mission
332 Elm Ave.
Madera, CA
Daily beginning - “as need” basis

Pan Am Community Center

703 E. Sherwood Way

Madera, CA


Mon - Fri 8:00am – 8:00pm

Ranchos/Hills Senior Center

37339 Berkshire Dr.

Madera, CA


Mon - Fri 9:00am – 2:00pm


Mountain Communities


Coarsegold Community Center
35540 Highway 41

Coarsegold, CA 

Mon, Tues & Thurs 10:00am – 1:00pm


Sierra Senior Center

49111 Cinder Lane
Oakhurst, CA
Mon - Fri 9:00am - 2:00pm

Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse

30250 Yosemite Springs Parkway

Coarsegold, CA


Daily 8:00am - 8:00pm
Water available Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00pm -- Clubhouse Office 

The Administrative Office completed the 2013-14 Proposed County Budget, and on August 22, 2013 it was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in its entirety, along with Special Revenue Budgets and Special Districts Budgets.

The Board of Supervisors conducted hearings on the Final Budget on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 and concluded on Thursday, August 22, 2013. The 2013-14 Final Budget was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on Thursday, August 22, 2013.

Click on the link below to be see the 2011 Audited Financial Statements and the 2011 Single Audit Report

Effective Monday, 6/24/13, the BHS office at 360 E. Almond Ave., Suite 103 will be moving to 209 E. 7th Street in Madera. The Screening and Referral lines will remain the same except for a brief interruption of service on 6/19/13. Screening & Referrals as well as AAC staff can be also accessed at (559) 673-3508.


The Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Security Paving, Inc. announce an extended closure of county Road 29 North as part of the on-going State Route 99 Avenue 12 Interchange Improvement Project. This extended road closure is necessary to allow crews to construct irrigation pipelines and culverts across existing Road 29 North and to complete the new realignment of this roadway with its new connection to Avenue 12, located just east of State Route 99.

Existing Road 29 North will be closed to traffic beginning, Wednesday October 30, 2013; until January 2, 2014.

Suggested Detour: (


  • From Avenue 12 Westbound: Continue westbound on Avenue 12; proceed to State Route 145/Road 27; turn right; continue and turn right onto E Pecan/Avenue 13; continue eastbound towards Road 29.
  • From Avenue 12 Eastbound: Turn left onto State Route 145/Road 27; continue and turn right onto E. Pecan/Avenue 13; continue eastbound towards Road 29.

Extended closures are subject to change and may continue for longer periods of time if necessary due to delays caused by unforeseen weather conditions, or uncontrollable events which may occur during construction.

Caltrans would like to thank the residents, businesses and commuters for their continued patience during this improvement project. The public is asked to drive with extra care while traveling through this construction area, and please "Slow for the Cone Zone" at all times.



The Candidate List for the June 2014 Primary Election is available for viewing at the following link:

This list includes all the qualified candidates for local offices that will be included in the June 3 Primary Election.
Please click on the respective links below to download the individual documents containing the Madera County Certified List of Write-In Candidates and the Secretary of State Certified List of Write-In Candidates for the June 3, 2014 Election. 



REBECCA MARTINEZ, County Clerk-Recorder & Registrar of Voters announced today that Pre-Election Residency Confirmation postcards are being mailed this week.

Voters are asked to review the residence address and mailing address information printed on the postcard. If the information is correct, no further action will be required of the voter.

If the residence address or mailing address has changed, please update the information on the postcard in the space provided and return it to the County Clerk-Recorder as soon as possible.

If the person named on the postcard is no longer at the address printed on the card, please mark the appropriate box and return the postcard.

No postage is required to return postcards.

Thank you for assisting us in keeping the voter registration rolls accurate.

For more information, contact the Elections Division at (559) 675-7720 or toll free at (800) 435-0509.

Si desea información en Español, llame a (559)675-7720 o (800)435-0509

John P. Anderson Contact: Erica H. Stuart, P.I.O.
Sheriff-Coroner Phone: (559) 675-7976
Cell: (559) 232-8756
E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
DATE: Thursday April 3, 2013


Madera County – Sheriff John Anderson is planning a county-wide emergency alert test on May 15. 

If you haven’t signed up with yet, Sheriff Anderson strongly urges the public do so now.

In light of what weather forecasters expect to be a long hot summer, and with the serious drought conditions we now face, it is imperative for all property owners, part time residents, and business owners to register with, so that you will know if and when disaster strikes.

“Since the system allows us to send you alerts via email, or cell phone, where you are when an alert is issued is no longer an issue,” says Sheriff Anderson. “We can reach you no matter where you are, but only if you have signed up.”

With the extreme fire conditions expected this summer, the Sheriff’s Office made a number of critical upgrades to the County's Emergency Notification System so that we can reach those who may be in danger within a matter of minutes, alerting them about warnings and evacuation information if needed.

The purpose for the May 15 emergency test is two-fold: First, to inform and demonstrate the system’s new capabilities; Second: to find out which areas of the county are not responding.

Emergency alerts are issued when areas within our county are in danger, be it from natural or manmade disasters. enables Madera County Sheriff's Office and Madera Office of Emergency Services to provide citizens with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, evacuations, law enforcement activity and notifications of nearby threats such as fires.

You can choose how you want to receive these time-sensitive alerts – home and/or business landline, cell phone, email, text message and hearing impaired receiving devices. The service is free, and the public’s participation is imperative.

With the assistance of Everbridge, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office implemented several key tenets in the MCAlert system.

  • The ability to reach you however you choose – the systems allows for more than 30 different contact paths.
  • The ability to reach any size of the population -- a small group of people, or the whole county nearly instantly.
  • The ability to allow citizens to communicate back with the sender to provide valuable mission critical information through a smart phone app.
Sheriff Anderson says the system allows for news agencies to sign up as well. They can now receive the same alerts at the same time we issue them to you. Historically, news agencies have provided vital assistance to emergency responders in getting the word out. But now, by including news organizations in MCAlert, they will be able to relay crucial and accurate information to the public quicker than before.

Whether you live or work in Madera, whether you own property in Madera County but reside elsewhere, or whether you have family members who reside in Madera County; everyone should sign up with
All information you provide MCAlert in order to receive emergency notifications will never be shared. Your information is confidential information used for the sole purpose of issuing alerts to you if disaster strikes in regions of Madera County that may impact you.

There are two ways sign up:
1. Log onto
2. If you do not have access to a Computer, please contact PIO Erica Stuart at 559-675-7770

Again, May 15 is the planned county-wide emergency alert test date.



Parkwood Drought Impacts and Stage 4 Conservation Measures Effective May 31, 2014

Due to the unprecedented drought conditions this year and sole reliance on groundwater to meet the Valley’s water demands, the groundwater table has significantly declined in the vicinity of Parkwood. The Parkwood community is currently relying on one well to meet its water demands. The declining water table is causing the Parkwood well to lose production and have pump failures. The existing well cannot meet the water demands of the community and cannot maintain adequate system pressures. It will be necessary to temporarily implement Stage 4 water shortage contingency measures in Parkwood (MD-19A/19B) until further notice.

A. The target reduction in water usage for this stage is 25% to 50%.
B. Outdoor water use shall be prohibited.
C. Hot tubs and pools shall be filled only with water transported from outside the Service Area or Maintenance District.
D. Increased enforcement of the Water Conservation Ordinance.
E. Discontinuance of irrigation of outdoor areas at County parks and facilities.

The Board of Supervisors has adopted a resolution temporarily increasing penalties to $75 for the first violation, $125 for the second violation, and for the third and subsequent violations $175. The County is seeking emergency funding from California Department of Public Health for interim repairs and construction of a new well/water source. The target reduction in water usage for this stage is 25% to 50%. For water conservation tips or ideas please visit

Please repair any dripping faucets or leaks in your house or yard. Call the Special Districts Office at (559) 675-7820 to report any water mains or service line leaks.

If the drought persists and the conservation efforts enacted in Stage 4 are not adequate to maintain water reliability, the Board may temporarily increase enforcement and penalties by $10, respectively, to $85, $135, and $185. 


On January 17, 2014, the Governor of California proclaimed a state of emergency due to the current drought conditions. On January 28, 2014, the Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution No. 2014-009, proclaiming the existence of a local drought emergency in Madera County. The Governor’s proclamation called upon local urban water suppliers and municipalities to implement their local water shortage contingency plans immediately.

On March 4, 2014, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Water Shortage Contingency Plan for Special Districts. The Board also voted to increase water conservation efforts in response to the prolonged drought to ensure adequate water supply and reliability to all its customers.

The Board has authorized Special Districts to implement Stage 3 prohibitions as of March 4, 2014, with a targeted water use reduction up to 25%: 

  • No watering on Monday, Thursday or Friday 
  • No outdoor water use between the hours of 11am and 7pm 
  • No washing down paved driveways, parking lots or sidewalks 
  • No person shall use water through any hose, pipe, or other discharge for the purpose of watering gardens, trees, lawns, flowers, or plants or for other irrigation or agricultural purposes without the use of a restricting nozzle or sprinkling device 
  • Water leaks will immediately be repaired.
  • Even numbered addresses water on Wednesday and Sunday 
  • Odd numbered addresses water on Tuesday and Saturday 
  • Violations are increased to $75 (first violation), $125 (second violation), $175 (third violation) 

If the drought persists and the conservation efforts enacted in Stage 3 are not adequate to maintain water reliability, the Board may enact Stage 4. 

More information about the drought and water conservation efforts can be found at: or by calling Special Districts at (559) 675-7820.


The Final List of Local Candidates and the Certified List of State and Legislative Candidates for the June 3, 2014 Primary Election can be downloaded by clicking the links below:

DECEMBER 30, 2013


Madera-Calif - "We collected over seventy nine million dollars consisting of mostly first installments and some second installments of property taxes", Madera County Treasurer-Tax Collector Tracy Kennedy Desmond reported.

Kennedy Desmond said her department completed posting all of the December 10th mail and payments by December 20th, "What was time consuming this year was that we received an inordinate amount of overpayments", stated Kennedy Desmond, "hundreds of taxpayers mistakenly paid their first installments including penalties. "Our tax bill format has not changed, so we are unsure why the large amount of overpayments were made. "We will have to process a refund for each overpayment, so if you think you overpaid your taxes, you will not receive a refund until after January 20, 2014.".

We also had an unusually large amount of walk in traffic during this deadline. On Monday and Tuesday December 9th and December 10th, over 2,700 property tax transactions were handled from over the counter transactions with our current staffing levels, representing over three million dollars in payments.", stated Kennedy Desmond, "remember that is walk in traffic only...does not include any mail. This kind of personal delivery is unheard of".

My Dedicated and experienced staff deserve credit for handling this kind of volume", stated Kennedy-Desmond, "they really out did themselves. Madera County taxpayers should be very proud of them, I know I certainly am!"

Of the 79 million collected in property taxes, more than 85 % will be apportioned to the various Madera County School Districts and the two cities, Madera and Chowchilla.

Many taxpayers took advantage of paying their taxes with a credit card, we processed nearly 1,000 transactions totaling over $1.3 million dollars in tax payments", this is the largest number of credit card payments we have ever taken. Many people chose this payment option even though a convenience fee is charged to the credit card holder.

The next tax deadline is April 10. Payments must be postmarked by April 10th 2014, to avoid penalties.


For questions regarding this news release, please contact Dan Garcia at 675 7713

The Red and Nancy Arnold Foundation has provided funding for a Free Spay/Neuter Program to be administered by the Friends of Madera Animal Shelter (FMAS)

Be part of the SOLUTION to the pet overpopulation problem in Madera County by spaying or neutering your dogs and cats.

This simple surgery will stop the hundreds of unwanted kittens and puppies from ending up at the shelter, abandoned, mistreated, and suffering. Sterilization surgery will also:

  • Prevent behavior problems like marking, wandering, and fighting.
  • Decrease the risk of disease and injury thus extending the life of your pet.
  • Decrease the cost of licensing and veterinary costs.

Get your FREE voucher by contacting:

  • Friends of Madera Animal Shelter @ 14269 Road 28 – 363-5106
  • Eastern Madera County S.P.C.A @ 683-1266. (Mountain Area)
  • PawSpa @ 665-6900 (Chowchilla)

To qualify show proof in Madera County by providing a photo ID and/or PG&E bill with your identification.

FMAS is a volunteer group that provides essential services for all types of Madera animals. FMAS provides foster care, medical supplies, vaccines, pet food, and much more. Please help FMAS continue their lifesaving work by donating.

Please send your donation to P.O. Box 923, Madera, CA, 93639

REBECCA MARTINEZ, County Clerk-Recorder & Registrar of Voters announced today that voters now have choice in how they receive their sample ballots.

In all elections, a sample ballot booklet is printed for each registered voter. In an effort to reduce costs in County budgets, State law now allows voters to "go green" by choosing to "opt out" of receiving their sample ballot booklet by mail and accessing it online instead.

It's convenient, it's paperless and it's free. Reducing the number of sample ballot booklets printed will save the County thousands of tax payer dollars.

To sign up, visit the County Clerk-Elections Division website and provide the required information.

For voters that prefer to receive their sample ballot by mail, no action is required. Your sample ballot booklet will continue to arrive by mail approximately 29 days before each election.

For more information, call the Elections Division at (559) 675-7720, toll free at (800) 435-0509 or follow this link.

Si desea información en Español, llame a (559)675-7720 o (800)435-0509.

Please see attached document for health advisory for recent fires:
  • Outdoor workers require special precautions during excessive heat conditions and employers must follow California's heat illness prevention regulations (
  • Children up to age 4, people taking certain medications, persons with disabilities, and seniors age 65 and over are particularly less able to cope with hotter weather and should be monitored throughout the day for signs of heat-related illness.
  • Regardless of your activity level, drink more fluids —especially water—and more than you think you need. Your body needs water for many crucial functions and dehydration can lead to serious health effects.
  • Make sure clothing is lightweight and comfortable and—if you're planning to be outdoors—avoid the hottest parts of the day by scheduling activities during cooler hours (generally mornings and evenings). Also be sure to wear a hat and use sunscreen because sunburn affects the body's ability to cool itself.
  • Don't over exert. Stay cool indoors by turning on an air conditioner or evaporative cooling system. If you don't have access to air conditioned space at home, please visit a local shopping mall, senior center, public library, community center, or other facility that is open to the public.
  • Do not rely only on electric fans during a heat wave. When the temperature is in the 90s or above, a fan will not prevent heat-related illness. A cool shower or bath is a better way to beat the heat and keep body temperatures at safer levels.
  • Use common sense. Avoid hot meals and heavy, spicy foods when the weather gets hot. Eat smaller meals more often.
  • Never leave infants, children, or pets unattended in your vehicle, not even for a moment.
  • Don't forget about Fido! For information on protecting your pets from the heat, please visit for Hot Weather Tips.
  • If you, or someone you know, may be at risk for heat-related illness, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.
  • And call 911 in the event of a true health emergency.

Visit;; or for comprehensive guidelines about staying healthy in hot weather.

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Madera County Department of Corrections


FEBRUARY 8, 2013   10:00 A.M.


Through the State of California’s Assembly Bill 900, Madera County is prepared to meet the public safety needs of our future and the impacts of Assembly Bill 109 on our communities.

We are pleased to announce the dedication ceremony of our new Jail expansion project and invite you and your staff to come out and tour the new Jail expansion, consisting of:

  • Two (2) Inmate Housing Units (144 beds)
  • Administration/Video Visitation Building
  • Classification Unit & Central Plant

RSVP to (559) 675-7955 or email Lt. Jerry King This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Our Mission

 “The men and women of the Madera County Department of Corrections are committed to providing quality professional correctional services to the citizens of Madera County.”



DATE: December 19, 2013
TO: Madera Tribune, Chowchilla News, and Sierra Star
SUBJECT: Election Information for June 3, 2014

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the qualified electors of the County of Madera, that a Statewide Direct Primary Election will be held Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The following offices are scheduled to appear on that ballot:

Lieutenant Governor
Secretary of State
Attorney General
Insurance Commissioner
Member, State Board of Equalization, District 1
United States Senator
US Representative in Congress, Districts 4 & 16
State Senator, Districts 8 & 12
Member of the Assembly, District 5
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Judge of the Superior Court, Office 1 (LiCalsi)
Judge of the Superior Court, Office 2 (Jurkovich)

County Clerk-Recorder
District Attorney
Superintendent of Schools
Supervisor, District 1
Supervisor, District 2
Supervisor, District 5
Tax Collector-Treasurer

The following are the filing periods associated with becoming a candidate for the offices listed above:

December 27, 2013 to February 5, 2014 Signature in lieu of Filing Fee Period – Judicial Candidates

December 27, 2013 to February 20, 2014 Signature in lieu of Filing Fee Period – All Other Candidates

January 27, 2014 to February 5, 2014 Declaration of Intention Period – Judicial Candidates

February 10, 2014 to March 7, 2014 Nomination & Declaration of Candidacy Period – All Candidates

March 8, 2014 to March 12, 2014* Extended Nomination and Declaration of Candidacy Period
(Extends when Incumbent fails to file. Does not apply to office for which there is no Incumbent)

March 8, 2014 to March 17, 2014* Period to Submit Arguments For or Against Measures

March 18, 2014 to March 28, 2014 Period to Submit Rebuttals to Arguments For or Against Measures

April 7, 2014 to May 20, 2014 Write-in Candidacy Period

* - indicates date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or Holiday. Filing date moves to next business day.

Interested candidates must obtain and file the required documentation to run for office from the County Clerk-Recorder, located at 200 W 4th Street, Madera California. The County Clerk-Recorder will issue and file documents during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, during each of the filing period listed above.

The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the day of the election. The boundaries of the voting precincts within the County, the location of the polling places and the names of the officers selected to conduct the election shall be determined by the Registrar of Voters of Madera County.

Pursuant to Elections Code Section 10515, if there is an insufficient number of nominees, the supervising authority shall make appointments.

The governing board of the district or any member or members of the district authorized by the governing board, or any individual voter who is eligible to vote on the measure, or a bona fide association of citizens, or any combination of such voters and associations my file a written argument for or against any measure. No argument shall exceed 300 words in length. The elections official shall cause an argument for and an argument against the measure, if submitted, to be printed, and shall include the arguments, preceded by the analysis, in the voter information pamphlet that accompanies the sample ballot.

The following statement shall be printed on the front cover, or if none, on the heading of the first page, of the printed arguments:

"Arguments in support of or in opposition to the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors."

Printed arguments submitted to the voters shall be titled either "Argument in Favor of Measure ____" or "Argument Against Measure ____". Words in the title shall not be counted when determining the length of any argument. If more than one argument for or more than one argument against any measure is submitted, the county elections official shall select one of the arguments in favor and one of the arguments against for printing and distribution to the voters.

When the county elections official has selected the arguments for and against the measure which will be printed and distributed to the voters, the elections official shall send copies of the argument in favor to the authors of the argument against, and copies of the argument against, to the authors of the argument in favor. The authors may prepare and submit rebuttal arguments not exceeding 250 words. Rebuttal arguments shall be printed in the same manner as the direct arguments. Each rebuttal shall be titled "Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure ___" or "Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure ___". Words used in the title shall not be counted when determining the length of any rebuttal argument.

The elections official shall make a copy of the materials submitted available for public examination in her office for a period of 10 calendar days immediately following the filing deadline for the submission of those documents. Any person may obtain a copy of the materials from the elections official. The elections official may charge a fee to any person obtaining a copy of the material. The fee may not exceed the actual cost incurred by the elections official in providing the copy.

For more information, contact the County Clerk-Recorder, Elections Division at 559-675-7720 or toll free at 1-800-435-0509.


Si desea informacíon en Español, llame a (559) 675-7720 o gratis al 1-800-435-0509.

14143 Road 28
Madera, CA  93638

John P. Anderson

Sheriff - Coroner

Contact: Erica H. Stuart, P.I.O.
Phone:             (559) 675-7976
Cell:                 (559) 232-8756
E-Mail:            This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DATE:  Monday May 5, 2014

Madera County - Sheriff John Anderson is set to host Madera County’s 7th Annual Law enforcement Memorial Ceremony next week.

Date:               Wednesday May 14, 2014
TIME:               11:30 AM
PLACE:             Courthouse Park, Madera

Please see attached pdf announcement - 



DATE: May 5, 2014
TO: Madera Tribune, Chowchilla News, and Sierra Star
TITLE: Legal Notice of Date, Time and Place where Vote by Mail Ballots will be Processed, Opened and Counted

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in accordance with Elections Code Section 15101, the processing of Vote by Mail ballots for the Consolidated Statewide Direct Primary Election will commence daily, beginning on May 5, 2014. Processing is conducted during normal business hours in the office of the County Clerk/Registrar of Voters, located at 200 West 4th Street, Madera.

Tabulation of processed Vote by Mail ballots will commence on June 3, 2014 in the same location. Results of Vote by Mail ballot tabulation will be released upon close of the polls on Election Day.

Dated: May 5, 2014 REBECCA MARTINEZ
County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters


Por la presente se notifica que de acuerdo al Codigo Electoral Seccion 15101, el procesamiente
de las Boletas Por Correo para la Eleccion Primaria Estatal Consolidada comenzara diariamente entre las fechas del 5 de mayo de 2014. El proceso es conducido durante horas normales de trabajo en la oficina de la Administradora de Archivos Y Registro de Votantes, localizado en el 200 West 4th Street, Madera California.

La tabulacion de las Boletas Electorales Por Correo procesadas, comenzaran el dia 3 de junio de 2014 en la misma oficina. Los resultados de la tabulacion de las Boletas Por Correo sera dado a conocer al cierre de las casillas electorales el dia de la Eleccion.

Fechado: 5 de mayo de 2014
Administradora del Condado/Registro de Votantes

The Agricultural Commissioner has published the 2012 Agricultural Crop Report, as discussed during the August 6, 2013 Board of Supervisors meeting.

The report can be viewed by downloading it from the link below.

Please click on the below document to download and view the Notice of Appointment to Municipal Office:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Madera, State of California, has scheduled a public hearing in the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers in the Madera County Government Center, 200 W. 4th Street, Madera California, at 10:00 a.m. on the 9th day of September, 2014 regarding the adoption of an ordinance increasing water well permit fees and establishing a new automation fee for the Department of Environmental Health.
Pursuant to the California Government Code Section 54986, Madera County Environmental Health Department is proposing a fee increase on Water Well permits and to include a Department Wide Automation Fee to all Environmental Health annual operating and construction permits. Portion of the water well permit fee increase will be used to fund water management activities including community education, conservation and outreach. The automation fee will be used to fund the departments electronic cost to maintain current and future hardware/software.
A copy of the proposed Fee schedule and supporting documents may be obtained from Madera County Environmental Health Department at 2037 W Cleveland Ave. MS-E, Madera, CA 93637 or (559) 675-7823.


DATE: April 29, 2014
TO: Madera Tribune, Chowchilla News, and Sierra Star
SUBJECT: Period to Request Vote by Mail Ballot and Website Info

For persons wishing to vote by mail at the June 3, 2014 Statewide Direct Primary Election, ballots will be issued between May 5, 2014 and May 27, 2014.
Any registered voter may apply for a Vote by Mail ballot and request permanent Vote by Mail status. Requests for vote by mail ballots may be submitted in writing (i.e. sample ballot application, letter from voter, or in person at the County Clerk's office) or by calling the County Clerk Elections Division.
After May 27th, voters must apply in person at the County Clerk’s office.
The County Clerk’s office is located at the County Government Center, First Floor, 200 W. 4th Street, Madera.
Voters can check the status of their Vote by Mail ballots online at
For more information, please call the
Elections Division at (559) 675-7720 or toll free at (800) 435-0509
Si desea información en Español, llame a (559) 675-7720 o (800) 435-0509


The purpose of this survey is to inquire whether the citizens of MD‐21 would like the County to conduct an Engineering Survey to determine an assessment and create a maintenance program for road maintenance within the boundaries of the district. The outcome of this survey will not trigger an assessment or higher taxes, but determine if there is sufficient interest to proceed with evaluation of existing roads and determine potential maintenance costs. The outcome would need to be voted on by the residents of MD‐21.

If you are a resident who lives in the area of MD-21, please click on the link below...

Please click on the below file to download the Contest Candidate Proof List for the Consolidated General Election being held on November 4, 2014:

July 30, 2014
CONTACT: Anita Gore , (916) 440-7259

CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat VR Green Farms Jarred Food Products Because of Botulism Risk

SACRAMENTO -- California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Ron Chapman and state health officer warned consumers today not to eat VR Green Farms jarred food products because they may have been improperly produced, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum.

Ingestion of botulism toxin from improperly processed jarred and canned foods may lead to serious illness and death. CDPH is coordinating with the US Food and Drug Administration and the Ohio Department of Health in the investigation of two cases of suspected food-borne botulism infections that may be associated with consumption of the firm’s Pine Nut Basil Pesto.

VR Green Farms of San Clemente, California, is voluntarily recalling the following varieties of jarred food products: Pine Nut Basil Pesto, Pickled Farm Mix, Old World Tomato Sauce, Sundried Tomatoes in Olive Oil, Tuscan Grilling Sauce, and Pasta Sauce. These food products were sold under the VR Farms label and packaged in Mason-style glass jars with screw-on metal lids. The product labels do not include any coding or “use by” dates. Photographs can be found on Recalled Product Photos Page. The products were sold at the VR Green Farms stand in San Clemente, California and via the Internet to consumers throughout the United States.

Botulism toxin is odorless and colorless. Consumers who have any of these products or any foods made with these products should discard them immediately. Double bag the cans in plastic bags and place in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash. Wear gloves when handling these products or wash your hands with soap and running water.

Botulism is a rare but serious paralytic illness caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The initial symptoms frequently experienced are double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, and dry or sore throat. Progressive descending paralysis, usually symmetrical, may follow. Infants with botulism appear lethargic, feed poorly, are constipated, have a weak cry and poor muscle tone. CDPH recommends consumers experiencing any ill effects after consuming these products should consult their health care provider. Consumers that observe the product being offered for sale should report the activity to CDPH at (800) 495-3232.

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Road 13/Chowchilla Canal Road is now open

Road 13/Chowchilla Canal Road is closed due to the flooding of the San Joaquin River. This road will be closed until further notice.

The Bureau of Reclamation began releasing additional flow down the San Joaquin River. This has overwhelmed the culvert at Rd13/Chowchilla Canal Road, where it crosses into Fresno County.

Please click on the below for information on Road Closure on Road 5 1/2 between Avenue 24 and Hoover Road:
Road 5 1/2 between Avenue 24 and Hoover Road

Thanks to the efforts of the Rotary Club of Madera and Danny Morris, deputy director of the Madera County Department of Social Services, two offices at Social Services have been transformed into a park-like oasis for children and parents who are being reunited.

"The work that the Rotary Club of Madera did for the children and families served by Social Services is greatly appreciated by those families and our department as a whole," said Morris, who is a Rotary member and volunteered on the remodel project which was completed last weekend.

The first room that received a makeover is the Child Welfare Services Visitation Room at the 629 E. Yosemite Ave. building in Madera. This office is designed to facilitate reunions between children who have been removed from their homes and the parents and guardians working to restore their families.

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Using paint donated by Lowe's of Madera, the Rotarians transformed the bland white walls into a park-like oasis for children and parents meeting under difficult circumstances. Toys, such as a doll house and play oven, were also donated.

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"They transformed a government-institutionalized room into a warm and inviting room that children can enjoy when visiting family, which has inspirational messages throughout," Morris said. "This truly supports the saying that it takes a village (community) to raise a child."

The second room that received attention was the Adoption Center Room at the 121 N. Lake St. building. This room, which is used to discuss adoption issues with wanting parents, also received a splash of color in the form of furnishings and mood-setting décor. A large colorful wall print, table lamp, floor pillows, a circular coffee table, and others furnishings were provided by the Rotary Club. These items have given the space warmth which it didn't have previously.

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"The County of Madera and Department of Social Services sincerely thank the Rotary Club of Madera and Lowe's of Madera for their generous donation," said Max Rodriguez, District 4 Supervisor and Board Chairman. "Their efforts will brighten the visits of families engaged in services at the Department of Social Services."


DATE: April 29, 2014
TO: Madera Tribune, Chowchilla News, Sierra Star
SUBJECT: Sample Ballot Mailing Completed

REBECCA MARTINEZ, County Clerk-Recorder & Registrar of Voters announced today that Sample Ballots for registered voters in Madera County have been mailed.

Sample Ballots contain important information relating to the election, candidates, measures, and provides the voter’s polling place location. Sample ballots and polling place locations may also be viewed online at
Voters who have not received a sample ballot should contact the Elections Division at 675-7720 or toll free at 800-435-0509.

Si desea información en Español, llame a (559)675-7720 o (800)435-0509.

For Immediate Publication, As Submitted

DATE: May 23, 2014
NEWSPAPER(S): Madera Tribune, Chowchilla News, Sierra Star
SUBJECT: Saturday Voting Hours for VBM

REBECCA MARTINEZ, County Clerk-Recorder & Registrar of Voters announced today that the County Clerk’s office will be open Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 10am to 3pm, for the issuance and acceptance of vote by mail ballots.

The County Clerk’s office is located in the County Government Center, First Floor, 200 West. 4th Street, Madera.

For more information, please call the Elections Division at 675-7720 or toll free at 800-435-0509.

Si desea información en Español, llame a 559-675-7720 o gratis al 800-435-0509.

The Semi-Final Unofficial Results of the June 3, 2014 Primary Election can be downloaded below.

Below is the Madera County Resolution proclaiming support of Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, 2013, and commitment to a drug-free community. Also attached is an informational flyer about Red Ribbon Week and "Anti-Drug Pledge" cards that you may print and distribute for participants to decorate and sign.

Madera County Behavioral Health Services offer a variety of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Prevention and Treatment Programs that are available to all Madera County residents:

  • Adult AOD Outpatient Program, which provides substance abuse treatment in an individual and/or group setting to residents 18 years and over.
  • Felony Drug Court collaborates with local law enforcement to address the SUD treatment needs of drug-using offenders.
  • The Perinatal Program is a comprehensive treatment program for women who have been identified with significant substance abuse issues and are either pregnant or have small children or currently involved with the Child Welfare System.
  • The AOD Prevention Program which provides Substance Abuse educational groups for adolescents who might be at risk of substance use and/or abuse and informational outreach services to the community.

To access services in the Madera and Chowchilla areas, please call (559) 673-3508, and in the foothill communities please call (559) 683-4809.

If you have any questions, or need hard copy flyers or pledge cards, please contact Sylvia Romero, BHS Health Education Coordinator at 673-3508, ext. 1231, or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Madera County Unsecured Tax Bills have been mailed and payments are due by September 3, 2013

Madera County Tax Collector Tracy Kennedy Desmond has announced that unsecured property tax bills were mailed July 26.

Unsecured tax bills are for assessments on businesses, boats, airplanes, or any possessory interests one may have.

Taxpayers may pay by mail, or with a credit card by visiting the department's web page at Details: (559) 675-7713

  1. Reduce exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when UV rays are strongest, and keep physical activities to a minimum during that time. When working outside, drink plenty of water or juice even if you are not thirsty, and take rest breaks in the shade.
  2. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face and neck, and wear loose-fitting clothing to keep cool and to protect your skin from the sun and mosquitoes.
  3. Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Chronic exposure to the sun can cause cataracts, which left untreated, can lead to blindness.
  4. Liberally apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) 15 minutes before venturing outdoors and re-apply at least every two hours – sunscreen prevents skin cancer, the No. 1 cancer affecting Californians and prevents premature aging.
  5. Never, EVER leave infants, children or frail elderly unattended in a parked car – it can take as little as 10 minutes for the temperature inside a car to rise to levels that can kill.
  6. To prevent overheating, use cool compresses, misting, showers and baths – if you or someone experiences a rapid, strong pulse, feels delirious, becomes unconscious or has a body temperature above 102, call 911 immediately.
  7. Prevent children from drowning by combining adult supervision at all times and have a safety barrier that surrounds a pool or spa. Drowning is the leading cause of injury deaths for children under five.
  8. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Some mosquitoes carry West Nile Virus (WNV) which often mimics influenza, with fevers, body aches and eye pain. WNV can cause serious health complications, and in rare cases, death.
  9. Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535 according to label instructions. Mosquitoes usually bite in the early morning and evening so it is important to wear repellent during those times.
  10. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls – mosquitoes breed and lay eggs in standing water.

In regards to District 1, Unprocessed ballot totals are:
Unprocessed vote-by-mail ballots: 637
Provisional Ballots: 81 
Visit for the latest ballot count totals for the June 3 Primary Election.  You can also select links to view the live video feed from the ballot counting room.
For Immediate Publication, As Submitted

DATE: May 23, 2014
TO: Madera Tribune, Chowchilla News, and Sierra Star
SUBJECT: Vote by Mail Ballot Deadline and Website Info

Voters receiving their ballots by mail are urged to vote and return the ballot by not later than 8pm on Election Day, Tuesday, June 3rd.

On Election Day, voters may return voted ballots to any polling place in the county or deliver it to the office of the County Clerk-Recorder, located at 200 W. 4th Street, Madera. A complete list of polling locations is available on our website.

Vote by Mail ballots cannot be counted if they are received after 8pm on Election Day.

Voters can check the status of their Vote by Mail ballots online at

For more information, please call the
Elections Division at (559) 675-7720 or toll free at (800) 435-0509

Si desea información en Español, llame a (559) 675-7720 o (800) 435-0509

DATE: May 6, 2014
TO: Madera Tribune, Chowchilla News, and Sierra Star
TITLE: Voter Registration Deadline

REBECCA MARTINEZ, County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters announced today that in order to be eligible to vote in the June 3, 2014 Statewide Direct Primary Election, persons must register to vote by Monday, May 19, 2014.

In order to be eligible to register to vote, a person must be a United States Citizen, live in Madera County and be 18 years old on or before Election Day. Registered voters who have moved, changed their name, or wish to change their political party must re-register by May 19, 2014.

Voter registration cards are available at the County Clerk’s office (call to request a card by mail or come in), local Post Offices, local Libraries, or register to vote online at or

The County Clerk’s office will be open until 6pm on May 19, 2014 to accept voter registration cards.

For more information, please call the
Elections Division at (559) 675-7720 or toll free at (800) 435-0509.

Si desea información en Español, llame a (559) 675-7720 o (800) 435-0509.

Road Closure on Watt Street between San Bruno Avenue to Georgia Avenue. Closure will start on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 6:00 AM and end approximately on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 6 PM.
Rebecca Martinez Madera County Clerk/Recorder/Registrar of Voters
Rebecca Martinez Madera County Clerk/Recorder/Registrar
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Contact the Recorder

County Recorder
200 W. 4th Street
Madera, CA 93637
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The Recorder division is open Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays.

Business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Documents are accepted for recording from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. only.

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General County Contact
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Madera, CA 93637
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For non-emergency information or service, dial 311