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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282017Feb

Immigration at forefront of Merced’s final town hall meeting

BY BRIANNA CALIX | bcalix@mercedsunstar.com  Concerns about immigration policies and how federal positions are shifting took center stage at a final town hall meeting hosted by Merced City Council members and the city’s staff. Nearly 30 people addressed the City Council at Tenaya Middle School at the event Thursday night, and many questioned how Merced will…

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202017Feb

Merced advocates call for ‘sanctuary’ status for undocumented immigrants

BY THADDEUS MILLER | tmiller@mercedsunstar.com Opponents of the Trump administration’s changing immigration policy held a news conference, one of a handful in the Central San Joaquin Valley, outside the Merced County Sheriff’s Office on Monday. Those gathered held signs, chanted and spoke in support of pending state and federal legislation that would protect immigrant families from…

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12017Feb

Immigration advocates tell Planada residents to ‘know their rights’

BY BRIANNA CALIX | bcalix@mercedsunstar.com Local residents who may not have legal status, or whose family members are undocumented, were urged by immigration advocates this week to “know their rights” and to work with an immigration attorney if possible. A forum hosted by the Planada School District on Tuesday night attracted about 100 people who heard…

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202017Jan

Merced residents, crowd at UC Merced protest Trump’s inauguration

BY BRIANNA CALIX | bcalix@mercedsunstar.com A group of about 40 people on Friday marched onto the Childs Avenue overpass and hung a banner over Highway 99 protesting Donald Trump and his presidency. The banner was removed by the California Highway Patrol and California Department of Transportation shortly after it was hung. Protesters hoped to send a…

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