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Community brings ‘Clean California’ event to Planada


Merced Mayor Matthew Serratto, along with Merced County Supervisor Rodrigo Espinoza, Ralph Gladwin of Merced Walks, and Natalie Sturgeon of Just Serve Merced County, among many others, helped organize a “Clean California” event in Planada last Saturday.

Clean California Community Days is a statewide, 11-day event, held March 17 to March 27. The goal is to work together to clean up our communities and spread the word about taking pride in keeping California clean. Clean California also provides state funds to clean and beautify public spaces in underserved communities.

The effort was a welcome sight in Planada, a town that was devastated by the January floods that hit the area.

Dozens of residents showed up for the community cleanup, including a strong showing by local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Volunteers helped clean debris from the streets of Planada, as well as distribute clothing to struggling residents. They also enjoyed a lunch break at Houlihan Park.

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