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Mayor Murphy praises Council decision on Charter changes

After the Merced City Council last week continued steps to put a number of Charter amendments on the March ballot, Mayor Mike Murphy praised the decision and urged the community to support the process. “I think they are all good changes that will move the city forward,” he told the Times in an interview. “We had a citizen commission that really…

City approves zoning rules for ‘ADU’ use

City leaders have passed a new zoning ordinance amendment regarding accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on residential lots. During the most recent meeting of the Merced City Council, they also reviewed a final report on this year’s Celebrate Safe Fireworks campaign from the police and fire chiefs. Council members voted 5-2 to pass a new ADU…

Council member describes worthy quest to rise above

When Anthony Martinez was elected to the Merced City Council in 2016, there were a few “first-ever” moments celebrated. It was the first time Merced residents voted for council leaders in a district-based election instead of an “at-large” vote. It was the first time residents in southeast Merced — or District 1 — had a chance to vote for a…

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