82017Jun

Supervisors tout ‘Participatory Budgeting’ to local residents

By John Miller | johnmiller@midvalleypub.com Merced residents got their first glimpse of the ‘Participatory Budgeting’ (PB) process proposed by Merced County District 1 Supervisor Rodrigo Espinoza and District 2 Supervisor Lee Lor during a community meeting at the Merced County Office of Education. Local residents and representatives from a variety of community organizations met with…

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72017Jun

Merced youth gather at state Capitol to advocate for “Health4All”

BY MONICA VELEZ | mvelez@mercedsunstar.com Young people from Merced presented an art piece at the state Capitol on Tuesday afternoon they say advocates for accessible and affordable healthcare for everyone regardless of immigration in a campaign dubbed “Health4All.” “Our community is in a harsh political climate and the message we want to say is we are…

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52017Jun

What are Merced health advocates doing to help undocumented receive health coverage?

BY MONICA VELEZ | mvelez@mercedsunstar.com Community groups in Merced County have been working with health and elected officials to find ways to provide health insurance for the thousands of Merced County residents who lack coverage. Now, they’re reaching out to the community “to be part of the solution to expand health care access to the undocumented…

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302017May

Participatory Budgeting comes to Merced County

BY BRIANNA CALIX | bcalix@mercedsunstar.com Two freshman Merced County supervisors are experimenting with a new way to dole out the hotly-contested discretionary funds that each board member receives each fiscal year. Supervisors Rodrigo Espinoza and Supervisor Lee Lor will host a study session Wednesday to introduce “participatory budgeting,” a process crafted to allow residents to directly…

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252017Apr

Merced County to explore health coverage for undocumented

BY MONICA VELEZ AND BRIANNA CALIX  | mvelez@mercedsunstar.com The Merced County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to explore ideas on how to provide health insurance to the thousands of local residents who lack coverage because of their immigration status. Dozens of people, many wearing black T-shirts with the phrase #Health4All, waited through hours of the…

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192017Apr

(Hiring) Building Healthy Communities (BHC): Hub Project Assistant

Job Advertisement  BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES (BHC): HUB PROJECT ASSISTANT Merced Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is a 10-year, place-based community health initiative launched by The California Endowment (TCE) that transforms policies and systems to create healthy communities and advance health equity. POSITION: BHC is recruiting for the Merced BHC Hub Project Assistant position. The BHC Hub Project…

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192017Apr

Community forum to be held on education, health and safety Thursday

BY MONICA VELEZ | mvelez@mercedsunstar.com Health access, education equity, and safe neighborhoods will be the topic of discussion for community members and city leaders during a forum on Thursday. Advocates and leaders in the community will have the chance to speak on how education funding impacts youth and discuss how to expand health access in Merced…

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182017Apr

Residents staying loud over education, public funding concerns in Merced County

By Hannah Esqueda Image courtesy of Faith in Merced MERCED, Calif. — Merced County residents concerned over school funding, health care and safety issues will have their chance to engage directly with public officials during a special forum this week hosted by Faith in the Valley, Merced (formerly known as MOP) and Building Healthy Communities…

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32017Apr

Lor pitches ‘Participatory Budgeting’ process for Merced discretionary funding recipients

BY BRIANNA CALIX | bcalix@mercedsunstar.com Merced County Supervisor for District 2 Lee Lor has been soliciting ideas and input from the public through her Facebook page on how to allocate her district’s discretionary funds. The post, published last week, depicts a pot of gold and noted the controversial funds often are referred to as “slush funds.”…

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