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 – Today Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) announced that his legislation to bring $1.3 million in public safety equipment to UC Merced has advanced to the Assembly Floor.
“As the newest campus in the UC system, built largely during the Great Recession, UC Merced has faced unique financial challenges,” said Gray. “Lacking resources from the state, the campus has been forced to balance student enrollment, classroom and campus housing construction, public safety resources, and a number of other cost factors. These tough decisions left some aspects of safety under-resourced, and the campus does not presently have the same safety equipment as the other UC campuses.”
Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) today named Cinema Café of Merced as the 2016 Small Business of the Year for the 21st Assembly District. Gerardo and Joy Olvera, owners of the Cinema Café, were honored today at a luncheon in Sacramento.
“Cinema Café is a staple of downtown Merced,” said Gray. “We were very lucky when the Olvera family decided to open their restaurant’s doors more than 17 years ago. They are not only dedicated to their small business but to the community they serve. It is my privilege to recognize Cinema Café as the Small Business of the Year.”
Gerardo Olvera purchased Cinema Café after selling his 366 seat restaurant, Butterfield’s, formerly located on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Cinema Café quickly became a favorite spot among locals, college students, and tourists heading to and from Yosemite.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) applauded Governor Brown for his commitment to begin funding a statewide earthquake early warning system that would help save lives and protect the public before temblors strike. As part of the May Revision, Governor Brown has proposed an initial investment of $10 million to implement the system.
Earlier this year Gray introduced legislation, AB 1346, with a bipartisan group of coauthors to provide $23.1 million in funding for the system. Gray also wrote a bipartisan budget request letter, signed by 25 other legislators, to seek funding. The mandate to create the statewide earthquake warning system has been on the books since 2013 but has failed to attract funding through public-private partnerships as originally intended.
The Merced County District Attorney’s Office is working with Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, to seek $4.5 million in state funding for a program to combat gang violence in Merced County.
The program, called Merced Violence Interruption/Prevention Emergency Response, or VIPER, would be implemented in three phases, with information from the many local law enforcement agencies gathered in one “fusion center.”
Predatory lawsuit legislation that followed a joint investigative reporting series of The Modesto Bee and The Merced Sun-Star has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Senate Bill 269 will allow some small businesses time to fix specified technical violations of laws requiring access for disabled customers. It falls short of the meaningful reform sought by three lawmakers from this area, but represents incremental progress, advocates say.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) announced that the Assembly Agriculture Committee passed his state fair funding bill with unanimous bipartisan support. AB 2678 would generate $14-16 million in annual funding for reinvestment back into California's network of 77 fairs.
“State and local fairs are one of the few public entities that do not receive state funding, even though they are major economic engines and create a significant number of jobs in their communities,” said Gray. “We eliminated funding to fairs during the economic downturn. With the state’s healthy financial forecast, the time is right to make this modest, but significant, investment back into the fairs.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) today announced the passage of legislation to regulate intrastate Internet poker (iPoker) in California by the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee.
“We know unequivocally that Californians are playing these games online every single day on websites that provide zero consumer protections,” said Gray. “After countless revisions and meetings with stakeholders and consumer advocates, there remained two key issues raised by opponents: horse racing and suitability. Today we put forward language that settles the horse racing component, and negotiations over suitability continue.”
California High-Speed Rail Authority officials on Thursday proposed changes to put Merced back into the initial plans, a decision local officials are calling a “huge win.”
In February, the board announced a revision to its business planthat would bypass Merced in the first part of the rail’s construction, leaving the city without a stop until 2029. But at Thursday’s meeting, the authority recommended a proposal that marked Merced as the starting point of the Central Valley section that would end in Wasco, instead of Shafter, near Bakersfield.
Did state officials really think they'd get away with trying to throw us off the train?
It would be difficult to draw any other conclusion after looking at the updated business plan released by the California High Speed Rail Authority in mid-February. It was supposed to be approved last week in San Jose, but wasn't – with good reason. It was a train wreck, at least for us.