Gomes: Gray, Cannella come through

June 3, 2014 

Gray, Cannella come through

Last week, state Sen. Anthony Cannella and Assemblyman Adam Gray were instrumental aiding the Merced County Office of Education win an appeal with the School Allocation Board. The SAB monitors school facility funding. MCOE had been approved to build a facility on an existing site to serve severely handicapped children. A combination of bureaucratic red tape, California’s lack of cash and procedural missteps resulted in the facility being taken off the funded list and placed at the end of the funding line. Since January, my office worked with the offices of Cannella, Gray and Tom Torlakson to get the votes on the SAB to grant the appeal. Their efforts helped us win the appeal.

This means severely handicapped students will be served on a comprehensive school site and have less distance to ride a bus. This $2 million project will bring construction jobs to Merced County. This is just one example of how Gray and Cannella care about Merced County and work hard to represent us in the best way they can. I have seen it numerous times since I have been in office, and they have my enthusiastic endorsement.

STEVEN E. GOMES, Ed.D.,

Superintendent of Schools

Merced

Warnke’s experience is real

OK, I get it! You want Pat Lunney to be sheriff. But “Set apart by experience” (Page A1, May 24): Really? When has he last set foot in the courtroom as a bailiff? When did he last work in the coroner’s office? When did he last drive a patrol car in South Dos Palos? When did he last work with the DEA to arrest drug dealers? When did he last work in the field? When was he on the SWAT team? The answer to all of the above is never. Vern Warnke is the only man running for sheriff that has done all of the above and more. No, he is not a progressive Democrat with all their money and backing. Vern Warnke is a man with great integrity, honesty and a work ethic that will make this Sheriff’s Department second to none. I know the Sun-Star wants Lunney to be sheriff. The Deputy Sheriff’s Association picked Warnke to be their leader. It’s sad this is lost on the Sun-Star.

RICHARD LEWIS

Merced

Swiggart’s who we need

Frank Swiggart is the sheriff we need for Merced County. Community pride is created by our leaders, and Merced County needs Frank Swiggart. He is the only candidate working as a senior sheriff; he is a hard-working family man dedicated to safety and education. Swiggart’s exceptional dedication is evident in the various service organizations to which he belongs. This kind of local support demonstrates he is one of us and that Frank Swiggart for county sheriff is the right choice.

SEAN KIDWELL

Merced

Gray, Cannella come through

Last week, state Sen. Anthony Cannella and Assemblyman Adam Gray were instrumental aiding the Merced County Office of Education win an appeal with the School Allocation Board. The SAB monitors school facility funding. MCOE had been approved to build a facility on an existing site to serve severely handicapped children. A combination of bureaucratic red tape, California’s lack of cash and procedural missteps resulted in the facility being taken off the funded list and placed at the end of the funding line. Since January, my office worked with the offices of Cannella, Gray and Tom Torlakson to get the votes on the SAB to grant the appeal. Their efforts helped us win the appeal.

This means severely handicapped students will be served on a comprehensive school site and have less distance to ride a bus. This $2 million project will bring construction jobs to Merced County. This is just one example of how Gray and Cannella care about Merced County and work hard to represent us in the best way they can. I have seen it numerous times since I have been in office, and they have my enthusiastic endorsement.

STEVEN E. GOMES, Ed.D.,

Superintendent of Schools

Merced

Costa helps valley ag

Jim Costa’s commitment to this valley can be seen in everything he does. We are lucky that he has used his time in Congress to build his seniority on the Agriculture Committee to advance the needs of specialty-crop producers. As a result of his efforts and leadership on the farm bill, investment in the specialty-crop industry has risen dramatically, especially in research areas that are critical to the future. He fought for, and got increased, investments in pest and disease prevention to help protect our lands from invasive pests that could decimate our crops and thus our livelihoods.

MANUEL E. VIEIRA

Livingston

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