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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(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.
Elected officials and law enforcement agents rolled out a plan Friday they say will attack Merced County's gang violence both before and after it happens.
The $4.5 million Violence Interruption/Prevention Emergency Response 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 would go to police departments with 100 or fewer officers to implement plans to work with young people before they join gangs.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) applauded the passage of the 2016-17 State Budget which includes significant direct investments in Merced and Stanislaus Counties as well as the San Joaquin Valley as a whole.
“This is a responsible and balanced budget which recognizes the unique challenges our local communities face,” said Gray. “It provides more than $4.5 million in direct investment to implement Merced County’s new homicide and gang violence reduction program known as ‘VIPER’. Merced County has the highest homicide rate in California. Our local police and sheriff’s departments have experienced significant reductions in resources and personnel while violence in our communities has spiked. VIPER brings state and local resources together to target and eliminate the root causes of violence in our communities, stamping out the embers before they erupt into flame.”
Legislators Cannella, Gray will introduce VIPER program to Merced
UC Merced will get an additional $1.1 million for safety programs
Finally, we’re beginning to see progress in confronting this county’s most critical crisis – murder.
Responding to our call for a community summit to address Merced County’s staggering per capita murder rate – the highest in the state the past two statistical years – Assemblyman Adam Gray and Sen. Anthony Cannella have arranged a “public safety summit” for Friday. But they’ve done more than that.
(Sacramento) – When California voters go to the polls during a presidential primary election, they may be prevented from voting for the candidate of their choice. This is because political parties choose who gets to vote for each party’s candidates. California State Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) wants to stop this disenfranchisement. That’s why Assemblymember Gray announced the introduction of Assembly Constitutional Amendment 13 at a press conference at the State Capitol. ACA 13 would ensure that voters, regardless of political party affiliation, would be allowed to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice by placing every presidential candidate on every primary ballot. ACA 13 would still allow political parties to choose their nominee based on the votes of their members. “If political parties want to write the rules, then they should pay for the primary elections themselves instead of asking taxpayers to foot the bill,” said Assemblymember Gray. Watch this Assembly Access Video to hear Assemblymember Gray’s comments from the press conference.
(Merced, CA) – Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) joined a capacity crowd at the Art Kamangar Theatre for the 2016 Merced County Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony. "The message I'm struck with this morning is respect for public service," Assemblymember Gray said in his keynote address. "Respect and honor for those who make the greatest sacrifice in public service and that’s our law enforcement community." Sixteen officers with connections to Merced County were honored in the ceremony. Here’s more in this Assembly Assets video.