The City of Merced is located in the Central Valley of California. Merced is located approximately 110 miles southeast of San Francisco and 310 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The City has a population of about 80,542, and serves as the county seat. Read More
The city is located on Highway 33, along the Interstate 5 corridor, 280 miles north of Los Angeles, 92 miles south of Sacramento, 89 miles southeast of San Francisco and 45 miles southeast of Livermore. Read More
The City of Los Banos, population 37,017, is situated on the west side of Merced County and is the county's second largest city. The city is conveniently located in the center of California Read More
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California lawmakers are advancing a bill that would bar medical providers who’ve been convicted of felonies from treating injured workers.
The bill would require the state Department of Industrial Relations to ban medical providers who have also been stripped of a medical license or excluded from Medicare or Medi-Cal for a fraud-related offense.
The San Joaquin Valley’s air quality continues to rank among the worst in the nation. The American Lung Association gives the Valley an “F” for both ozone and particle pollution. The report points out that air quality has improved somewhat since the 1990s, but the reality remains that Valley residents breathe some of the worst air in America.
We should be implementing air quality improvement programs to clean up the air, but instead the Legislature and California Air Resources Board are fixated on lofty long-term greenhouse gas reduction programs.
Assemblymember Adam Gray honored Alfred “Fred” Garcia of Modesto as the Veteran of the Year for the 21st Assembly District. Mr. Garcia was honored today at a luncheon in Sacramento.
Fred Garcia served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1973, holding the rank of Sergeant. Mr. Garcia is a Disabled American Veteran who spent time in Japan, Vietnam, and Okinawa during a turbulent period in our history.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) issued the following statement regarding Governor Brown’s approval of the 2016-17 California State Budget:
“This is an on-time and balanced budget with the largest reserve in our state’s history. It includes one of the single largest investments in the state’s primary care residency program and provides additional funding to incentivize doctors to open offices in underserved areas like the San Joaquin Valley. It also invests $10 million in the Earthquake Early Warning System to protect property, mitigate systemic damage, and above all, save lives.
Gov. Jerry Brown approved the state budget Monday that includes the $4.5 million championed by Merced-area elected officials to fight gang violence and other law enforcement issues.
The Violence Interruption/Prevention Emergency Response, or VIPER, program uses social media, gang sources and information databases to intervene before violence happens, according to leaders. Another $20 million in the state’s budget is set to go to police departments with 100 or fewer officers, which describes all six police departments in the county, to implement plans to work with young people before they join gangs, among other efforts.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) announced today that his Internet Poker (iPoker) legislation, AB 2863, was passed by the Assembly Appropriations Committee to the Assembly Floor. AB 2863 would establish consumer protections and regulations for the safe implantation of intrastate iPoker in California.
(Sacramento) – “The message we’re sending is real simple…historic places’ names are not for sale here in California,” Assemblyman Adam Gray said on the steps of the State Capitol. “These places and these names have a special significance to many families throughout the country.” Assemblyman Gray (D-Merced), with Assemblymen Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) and Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), were on the capitol steps talking about Assembly Bill 2249, the California Heritage Protection Act, which seeks to ensure park concessionaires in California’s state parks cannot trademark historic place names simply due to their status as a concessionaire. The trio of lawmakers are urging other states to take similar action.
More than 1 million people gamble online, some with operators who refuse to pay winners
Gray’s legislation would require proof of age before Californians could play
A portion of proceeds would provide programs for problem gamblers
Illegal, unregulated online poker websites don’t have controls to keep out underage players. They don’t always pay players what they are owed, and if they’re on the lookout for problem gamblers, it’s only so they can exploit them.
This is the current reality of online poker in California. Ironically, even though online poker is not authorized in this state, it’s easily accessible.
(Merced, CA) – The murder rate in Merced County is over double that of the average murder rate in the State of California. And according to the Merced County District Attorney, the lion’s share of those homicides are gang-related. California State Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) thinks that’s unacceptable, which is why he hosted the Merced County Public Safety Summit at Merced City Hall. Assemblymember Gray was joined by other elected leaders, local officials, law enforcement, social service groups and the public to take a hard look at the problems and come up with ways to address issues. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear comments from Assemblymember Gray and other officials.
(Merced, Ca) – California State Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) was on hand at a press conference to welcome the addition of a new Amtrak daily train though the San Joaquin Valley corridor. This is the first daily train added in the last 14 years and will provide round-trip service between Oakland and Bakersfield with Merced as one of the stops on the route. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear Assemblymember Gray’s comments at the press conference.