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Villaraigosa, newest UC Merced Trustee, speaks out on issues

By Mike Biddeson Antonio Villaraigosa, the newest member of the UC Merced Board of Trustees, likes to get his hands dirty.  The former Mayor of Los Angeles spoke on “The Future of Civic Engagement” last week as the third presenter in the Chancellor’s speaker series with UC Merced Interim Chancellor Nathan Brostrom.…

When was the last time you voted?

By Lee Pevsner If the answer is NEVER, you better be 12 years old, or not a citizen of the USA. The turnout in Merced County for the last election which occurred in November 2018 was 61.44 percent. That is pretty good for us. Usually we really suck at voting. “My vote is not going to do any good,” you say. Really? Talk to…

Local Afghani returns after U.S. Army service

By MIKE BIDDISON Special to the Times Noor Zamani moved his family to California in 2005, but he hasn’t been able to spend all that time with them. Until just recently, Noor had been traveling around the Afghan countryside on assignment for the U.S. Army. The first thing you notice when approaching the front door of the Zamani…

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