292018Jun

Merced County residents join in ‘call to action’ against immigrant family separation

BY VIKAAS SHANKER | vshanker@mercedsunstar.com A group of San Joaquin Valley residents went to the U.S.-Mexican border last week to examine a detention center for undocumented immigrants and shared their experiences listening to the “cries of immigrant parents” for their separated children. At a news conference on Friday in front of the Merced County Administration Building,…

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112018May

Is your drinking water clean in Merced County? Advocates say rural residents at risk

BY THADDEUS MILLER | tmiller@mercedsun-star.com May 11, 2018 04:30 PM Dos Palos student Ace Mejia Sanchez doesn’t know where the drinking fountains are located at her school. Why would she? Nobody uses them. The 17-year-old said she’s been taught all her life not to drink from the tap, and instead sip bottled water. “I thought it…

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232017Oct

After County Votes Down Healthcare Program Community Is Still Hopeful

A proposed health care program in Merced County would allow all residents to access healthcare services, regardless of immigration status Merced, CA – On a three to two vote, Merced County Supervisors voted down the development of a county healthcare program for everyone in Merced County, regardless of immigration status (including the undocumented population).  This…

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172017Oct

Merced County Participatory Budgeting Process Hits Snag, Plows Ahead

The first-ever participatory budgeting process at the county level has not gone off without a hitch, but it is still going on. BY: JESSICA MCKENZIE OCT 17, 2017 At the end of the month, an elected official in Merced County, California, will lead her district in the first implementation of participatory budgeting at the county level—but unless…

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