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Los Banos considers reinstating fired city manager

By Brianna Vaccari Central Valley Journalism Collaborative A former Los Banos city manager who was fired in 2022 after just nine months in the role may win his job back, along with a $1.8 million payout, new job protections and a raise that would provide a salary far higher than city managers of other small cities in the San Joaquin…

Council to reconsider letter to AG

One of the biggest stories coming from the Merced City Council so far this year was a split vote on Jan. 3 that approved sending a letter to the state Attorney General’s Office asking for an outside review of the city’s Police Department’s “patterns and practices.” The issue passed by a slight 4-3 margin, with council members Jesse Ornelas (who…

City supports Advanced Air flight change to Hawthorne

Advanced Air — which provides commercial airline service from Merced Yosemite Regional Airport to Los Angeles and Las Vegas — is experiencing the heavy load of a post-covid economy marked by supply chain constraints and rising fuel and labor costs. The airline started its local service a year ago, after it received approvals from the city and…

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