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Los Banos Council changes rule to protect its rehired city manager

By Brianna Vaccari Central Valley Journalism Collaborative Los Banos city leaders have decided to give a strong layer of job security to Joshua Pinheiro, the city manager who was fired last year but then won his job back in February along with a settlement payment of $1.8 million. The council voted 3-1 on April 5 to approve a measure that…

Former city manager reflects on role in local government

When Greg Wellman showed up at City Hall meeting in Los Banos last summer, he was firmly convinced he wasn’t going to stay long. Members of the Los Banos City Council were stuck in a difficult situation. Three weeks prior, they had fired their city manager in a split 3-2 decision. Heated debate and animosity were in the air. At one point,…

Dinner and Dance to start Spring Fair celebration

By GENE LIEB The 2022 Merced County Spring Fair Kick Off Dinner and Dance will be held Saturday, April 23, in the O’Banion Building of the Los Banos Fairgrounds. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner being served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available at the Spring Fair office at 403 F Street in Los Banos. The steak dinner will include…