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 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.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced), Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), and Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) applauded today’s recommendation by the California High-Speed Rail Authority to restore the Merced Station in the latest revision of the Authority’s 2016 Business Plan. Under the recommendation, the Authority will construct track connecting Merced with the rest of the Initial Operating Segment, eliminating a proposed seven year delay. The recommendation is now to bring service online to Merced and Fresno simultaneously, connecting both to San Jose.
“I was seriously dismayed by the Authority’s earlier announcement to delay service to Merced,” said Gray. “Our community has provided significant support to the High-Speed Rail project from its inception – always with the understanding that the Merced Station would be first in line. With this new commitment from the Authority, our region will be among the first to see tangible improvements, cutting commute times to San Jose to just 42 minutes by rail.”
California high-speed rail leaders proposed putting Merced back on the initial route but put off a vote Thursday on a revised business plan to give state officials more time to assuage lawmakers and citizens upset by the recent decision to first send the train to Northern California rather than the Los Angeles area.
Officials proposed changes at a California High-Speed Rail Authority meeting in San Jose, where the board was expected to adopt the $64 billion business plan. The plan calls for the bullet train to head from the San Joaquin Valley to San Jose rather than south to the San Fernando Valley as originally planned.
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 plan that 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.
The Northern San Joaquin Valley heard rumblings Thursday of new developments for commuter and high-speed rail transportation.
Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, said that he and Valley legislators are working on drawing state transportation funds to bring ACE passenger rail to Modesto. He told the Modesto Bee's editorial board that he's working on the effort with state senators Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, and Cathleen Galgiani, D-Manteca.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) wrote Assembly Bill 2678 to provide a stable and reliable source of funding for California's fairs and offer much needed help for specific fair-related purposes and projects on fairgrounds. “Over the past 75 years, there has been a designated funding source for fairs,” Assemblymember Gray said as he presented his legislation to the Revenue and Taxation Committee. “Without funding to maintain the infrastructure, what were once valuable state assets may become state liabilities.” Here’s more from Assemblymember Gray in this Assembly Access video.