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City picks new voting district lines

Hours of debate at the Civic Center over Merced’s redistricting process — along with impassioned viewpoints, frequent racial undertones and the occasional disrespectful comment — came down in the end to seven members of the Merced City Council who are bound to follow the law. The law says boundaries must keep the same amount of people in each of…

City leaders see progress in preventing homelessness

The Merced City Council is welcoming in 2022 with some positive news from the local battle front of the state’s war on homelessness. During the council’s last regular meeting of December, both Mayor Matthew Serratto and City Manager Stephanie Dietz pointed to a possible drop in the number of unsheltered people living in the city.…

Emotions rage during an epic Council meeting

More than five hours into the longest Merced City Council meeting of the year, Mayor Matthew Serratto on Monday night appeared as if he had the weight of the local world on his shoulders. It was exactly a year ago this week when Serratto was elected to the Merced’s top post with a desire to bring the city together. His rise came along with the…