Residents Hold Town Hall-type Meeting to Discuss Merced’s Problems
More than two hundred people crowded into a hall at the United Methodist Church of Merced on Wednesday night to hear testimonials by locals about myriad problems besetting Merced: foreclosures, unemployment, lack of health care, lack of public safety and a hurting school system.
"Everyone in this room knows there are problems in Merced," said Pastor Bill Ruth of Our Redeemer...
BY THADDEUS MILLER
Published: April 17, 2014
MERCED — The Invest in Our Youth coalition held a news conference Thursday – just in time for this weekend’s Merced City Council’s budget meeting – announcing the newly formed campaign and hinting at some of its plans.
Almost 100 parents, business owners, nonprofit representatives and young people gathered in McNamara Park to hear from the coalition’s organizers.
Invest in Our Youth is made up of Merced-area groups such as Building Healthy Communities, the Merced Organizing Project, Boys and Girls Club of Merced County, Symple Equazion, Faith Love and Hope, California Youth Connection, Communities for a New California and others.
“Positive activities are not just nice to have,...
BY ANA B. IBARRA
Published: April 14, 2014
Almost 21 years ago, Adriana Flores left her hometown in Guadalajara, Mexico, to relocate to Livingston with her husband and 10-month-old son. Since then, Flores has not visited a doctor or sought any type of preventive health care service simply because she can’t afford it.
Flores, 41, now lives in Merced and is one of the 8,750 undocumented immigrants in the city who do not qualify for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The ACA excluded undocumented immigrants from insurance coverage provided through Medi-Cal and the health care exchange. In California, this means an estimated 1 million individuals are uninsured and ineligible for coverage because...
The Merced City Council is preparing to set priorities for the coming fiscal year, and calls for more money for youth programs are on the rise again.
Adding hope the calls might yield results is a potential increase in discretionary funding for the next fiscal year. Whether that dream is a reality won’t be known until people can set their eyes on a draft of the budget early next month.
Advocates have already been voicing their opinions during public meetings and town halls, pressing city leaders to scrounge up more cash for activities and job-skills programs for the city’s young people. Advocates say providing those services will help prevent...
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BY ANA B. IBARRA
Published April 3, 2014
The Merced Organizing Project will join hundreds of other organizations nationwide in the “Two Million Too Many: National Day of Action Against Deportation” movement by hosting an informational picket and march on Saturday.
According to organizers, the movement is the community’s response to the record-high deportation rates. It is estimated that in the next few months, more than 2 million undocumented immigrants across the country will have been deported under the Obama administration.
MOP organizers and supporters will meet at 11:30 a.m. along M and 21st streets for the informational picket. At 1 p.m. the group will march to Sound Life Church, 928 W. Main Street, where...