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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182017Sep

Nancy Reding: Three Merced supervisors took that money away from all of us

Re “Debate gets heated as Merced County leaders vote to end controversial funds” (Front page, Sept. 13): Merced County was on the verge of making history. Now, thanks to Supervisor Daron McDaniel, Supervisor Lloyd Pareira and Supervisor Jerry O’Bannon, the” District Project Funds” of $200,000 has been eliminated. These funds were voted by these three supervisors to…

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272017Jul

Advocates to push Merced County to help undocumented receive healthcare

BY MONICA VELEZ | mvelez@mercedsunstar.com  JULY 30, 2017 11:27 AM Thousands of undocumented immigrants in Merced County don’t have health coverage, but advocates supporting the #Health4All campaign say there are ways Merced County could help that could possibly benefit everyone. This week, Building Healthy Communities Merced, or BHC, a nonprofit group funded by the California Endowment,…

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112017Jul

Want to address Merced County’s elected leaders in public? Better speak English

BY BRIANNA CALIX | bcalix@mercedsunstar.com  JULY 11, 2017 5:37 PM Non-English speaking residents of Merced County struggle to voice their opinions to the public officials they help elect, critics said Tuesday. Lupe Delgado, a healthcare outreach worker with the Parent Institute for Quality Education, said many local voices have been stifled by Merced County’s failure to…

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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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