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City agrees to fly Pride Flag again over downtown

For a second consecutive year, the Merced City Council has agreed to fly the rainbow flag — also known as the gay pride flag or LGBT Pride flag — over Bob Hart Square in downtown Merced for the entire month of June. The flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer pride and LGBTQ+ social movements. In Merced,…

‘Aye-aye, Captain!’

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Absorbent and yellow and porous is he! SpongeBob SquarePants, the beloved children's character, is at the center of Playhouse Merced’s latest Musical: The SpongeBob Musical. After a long hiatus, the Playhouse, located at 452 W. Main St. in downtown Merced, is ready to invite guests back into…

City boosts funding for public art, local artists

Merced leaders have agreed to allocate more of the city’s budget dollars to public art projects after sending out a request for proposals and receiving an enthusiastic response from local artists. The decision also came after an extended, somewhat controversial review process, and some of the artists called for the city to “defund” its…

Soria fighting for housing, access to health care

As a first generation daughter of two immigrant farmworkers, Fresno City Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria knows she carries a different perspective when it comes to knowing the needs of her Central Valley community. Soria is currently running for California State Assembly in the newly drawn 27th Assembly District that consists of…

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