Merced County Times Newspaper
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Belluomini announces mayoral bid

Michael Belluomini, who served as one of the most diligent Merced City Council members in recent history, told the Times this week he has decided to run for mayor. Residents will cast votes for new city leaders in the Presidential General Election set for Nov.  3. So far, Belluomini joins homeless advocate Monica Villa as the only two…

‘City on the Rise’ began to take shape in 2019

You could say Mayor Mike Murphy set the tone for Merced in 2019 during his State of the City speech at the start of the year. Murphy called for a renewed, priority focus on homelessness, and he announced the long-awaited transformation of the city’s downtown would come into view. And you could say the city witnessed results on both fronts.…

Aguilera reveals campaign platform

Ricky Aguilera, a candidate for the District 2 seat on the Merced County Board of Supervisors, held a campaign kickoff event in front of the County Administration building on a recent afternoon. The festive affair included speeches, music, traditional Mexican “baile folklorico” and Mexican sweet bread and hot chocolate. Aguilera…

City leaders: Keep out of public parks after 7 p.m.

Referencing public safety concerns amid echoes of the catch-phrase “nothing good happens in a park after dark,” a split Merced City Council on Monday night moved forward with an ordinance to change hours of use at public parks throughout the city. The Council voted 4-3 for the drafting of an ordinance to close parks to the public after 7 p.m.…

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