Politics

Residents raise concerns during Town Hall series 

By WALSH, CASSADY & WALSH If you are interested in the inner-workings of local government, or the reasoning behind certain decisions made on the second floor of the Civic Center, or if you just want to know when the city is going to install that long-awaited street light on your neighborhood corner — the current Merced Town…

Former city manager reflects on role in local government

When Greg Wellman showed up at City Hall meeting in Los Banos last summer, he was firmly convinced he wasn’t going to stay long. Members of the Los Banos City Council were stuck in a difficult situation. Three weeks prior, they had fired their city manager in a split 3-2 decision. Heated debate and animosity were in the air. At one point,…

Emergency dispatchers call for ‘fair pay’

Have you ever called the police to report something, only to wait on hold and hang up out of frustration? In Merced County, chances are the person on the other end of the line probably feels the same way. Local dispatcher Andrew Gallagher has been a lone voice in calling attention to the problem of staffing and retention among Merced County’s…
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