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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Assemblyman Gray joined by local VFW Veterans at the State Capitol to support AB 1275. Back row left to right: Charles Molnar, Senior Legislature, Neil Paules, Ceres VFW Post 10293, Jerry Alexander and Doug Mitten, Vietnam Veterans of America Sac Valley – Chapter 500
Front row left to right: David Sawyer, former Commander of Ceres VFW Post 10293, and Pat Sobotka, Ceres VFW Post 10293 Chaplin.
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) announced today that his bill to exempt military retirement pay from the state income tax cleared its first committee hearing. AB 1275 was introduced in response to California’s continual poor performance on military-friendliness state report cards.
"There are 30 other states that offer forms of this tax exemption,” said Gray. “California’s tax policies make our state an increasingly expensive option for retired and soon to be retired Veterans to call home.”
SACRAMENTO–Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) applauded Governor Brown’s May Revise which includes budget relief for four counties, including Stanislaus, which lost significant property tax revenues after the passage of Prop 13, known as negative bailout. Stanislaus County will benefit from the allocation of nearly $7 million annually if the new budget proposal addressing the longstanding issue is approved by the Legislature.
“This is great news for Stanislaus County,” said Gray. “The State’s shuffling of finances after the passage of Prop 13 in 1978 punished counties like Stanislaus that had exercised fiscal prudence. Over 30 years later, we now have a way forward to remedy this problem."
(Sacramento) – Legislation authored by Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) to protect Central Valley communities from an unprecedented state water grab cleared its second hearing with bipartisan support. Assembly Bill 1242 was introduced in response to the State Water Resources Control Board’s proposal to divert 350,000 acre-feet of water away from irrigators and municipalities on the Merced, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne rivers. “My district is home to some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country,” said Assemblymember Gray. “The recession and drought have hit the Central Valley harder than anywhere else in the state. But the Water Board’s proposal would truly devastate our region.” Here’s more from in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO–Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) today announced that his bill to protect Central Valley communities from an unprecedented state water grab cleared its second hearing with bipartisan support. AB 1242 was introduced in response to the State Water Resources Control Board’s proposal to divert 350,000 acre-feet of water away from irrigators and municipalities on the Merced, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne rivers.
“My district is home to some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country,” said Gray. “The recession and drought have hit the Central Valley harder than anywhere else in the state. But the Water Board’s proposal would truly devastate our region.”
Our commitment to open government hasn’t changed, but we liked the changes Adam Gray made to his Assembly Bill 1154 before its passage in committee last week.
As originally written, the bill would have removed the addresses and phone numbers from the list of those granted concealed-carry permits by county sheriffs and city police chiefs. That would have left only the names.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) has authored legislation (Assembly Bill 1242) to force the consideration of Central Valley groundwater basins when adopting or approving water quality control plans. Further, the bill prohibits the State Water Quality Control Board from adopting plans without mitigating any potential adverse impacts on Valley residents. Assemblymember Gray says, “The health of groundwater basins is just as vital to the state and the environment as the health of the Delta.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
A water bill written by Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, that would force the state to consider the consequences of diverting water from the Central Valley cleared its first committee Tuesday.
Assembly Bill 1242 would require the state Water Resources Control Board to mitigate adverse impacts of any new water quality control plan. The board recently proposed diverting 350,000 acre-feet of water from the Tuolumne, Merced and Stanislaus rivers to protect certain fish.
Forgive the fractured cliché, but the state of California has put the people of Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties in between a rock and the river.
Assemblyman Adam Gray is trying to give us a tiny bit of wiggle room. His Assembly Bill 1242 passed its first committee vote Tuesday, 8-4 – the barest of margins. Next, it goes to the Natural Resources Committee, where it faces another tough battle. To understand the importance of this tiny step, consider two things that happened last year.
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) today announced the passage of legislation designed to protect the Valley from the State Water Resources Control Board’s proposed water grab.
“We had incredible support from the community today,” said Gray. “We had mayors, supervisors, irrigators, businesses, labor groups, education leaders, and community activists at the Capitol today fighting for the Valley’s water future.”
Gray’s bill, AB 1242, requires the State Water board to mitigate the negative consequences that result from any decision to divert water away from the Valley’s agricultural and domestic users.
As you know, the State Water Resources Control Board is planning to issue an updated Substitute Environmental Document for the Bay-Delta Program in the near future. As presently drafted, the Board's plan undermines efforts to secure groundwater sustainability, is unequal in application, and will significantly distress California's most disadvantaged economic region. The State Water Board proposal will devastate the groundwater basins in the Valley by reducing surface water recharge opportunities and eliminating surface water deliveries to domestic and agricultural water users. The State Water Board recognizes these impacts are "significant but unavoidable."
It's been estimated that the proposed 35% increase in unimpaired flows would cost our area at minimum 350,000 acre-feet every year. Irrigation water is the most essential component of groundwater recharge in our basins. It is ironic that after the State's groundbreaking adoption of a groundwater sustainability law, the State agency responsible for water resources proposes to devastate basins in the region where groundwater management will be most difficult.