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Porterville Reporter (Newspaper) - July 31, 2009, Porterville, California WEATHER Thursday High 97, Low 66. Today High 98, Low 66. Saturday High 99, Low 64. See PAGE 5A AIR QUALITY Ibday: 129 Unhealthy for sensitive groups (03) Reader's Choice Check out your .picks for the top winners in 100 local categories. INSIDE NEWS Top picks of 09 Who are the No. 2 local athlete and local teann? See PAGE 10A Considering Lance Armstrong's age and layoff from cycling, do you feel his third-place finish in the Tour de France was a victory or defeat? reconleronline.com NSIDE TODAY DEARABBY 7A0PINI0N 4A GLOBE 6A COMMUNITY 2A STOCKS _5A SPORTS_10-13A COMO 9A VALLEY 3A �OBITUARIES 5A CLASSIFIED 14-24A c THE PORTERVILLE RECOVER www.recorderonline.com TO SUBSCRIBE, CALL 784-5000 lOlSTYEAR-NO. 231 31, 2009 SrfflEBUDGET Trying Times Ahead RECORDER PHOTO BY RENEH AGHA Chlolene Kellum of Porterville looks for bargain deals at tlie Central California Family Crisis Center's T^asures Thrift Shop, Thursday, during a $1 sale which takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. The Central California Family Crisis Center will lose 20 percent of its revenue as a result of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger striking all state funding to 94 doniestic violence shelters statewide as part of the effort to balance this year's budget. Crisis center faces cash crunch Veto: Final state budget eliminates all its domestic violence program funding. By JENNA CHANDLER THlfOMIRVILLERiCOR Central California Family Crisis Center, also called the Porterville Women's Shelter, will lose 20 percent of its revenue as a result of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's move to slash all state funding to 94 domestic violence shelters statewide. The move by the governor potentially hinders victims' ability to gain housing and a Please see CENTER, PAGE 8A RECORDER PHOTO BY RENEH AGHA Silvia Magallon of Porterville shops at the Central California Family Crisis Center's Treasures Thrift Shop, Thursday, during a $1 sale which takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Local artist 'Relentless' part of hip hop big ticket show 50 CENTS Police suspect fraud atPDC Months of investigation spurred by tip. By JENNA C^HANDLER TH E..P.ORIERVILLE. RECORD The Porterville Police Department is wrapping up an investigation into suspected misuse of public funds at the Porterville Developmental Center. For the past six months, detectives have served several warrants, looking to find information about possible exploited overtime hours that could potentially constitute felony charges if pursued by the district attorney. "It's been a long, detailed investigation," Chief of Police Chuck McMillan said. In the next 30 days, McMillan said law enforcement plans to hand over its information to the district attorney. The investigation happens as Porterville Developmental Center workers take self-direct-ed furlough days, and the 21 regional centers statewide collectively lose upwards of $200 million. When the mandatory furlough days were announced by the governor earlier this summer, PDC Executive Director John Sawyer said the developmental center has cut back on all expenditures, including over-Please see PDC, PAGE 3A By ANITA STACKHOUSE-HITE THEPORTERVILLE RECO One of the most popular hip hop artist in California, "E-40, a.k.a Earl Stevens," is coming to Hilare. Local hip hop sensation Steven "Relentless" Chavez co-headlines the event, which takes place Saturday at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Please see SHOW, PAGE 8A Local hip hop artist 'Relentless,' Steven Chavez, poses for a photograph in Porterville on May 6, 2009. Chavez will co-headline Hoodstock 09 with hip hop artist E-40, Saturday, at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. RECORDER FILE PHOTO BY RENEH AGHA 0642947111113