For the Ayala family, like many other Merced families, celebrating Christmas Mass is a long-standing tradition. Nancy and her husband, Frank, have attended Christmas Mass at Sacred Heart for as long as they can remember. On Thursday, they were accompanied by their three children, son-in-law and two grandsons.
The Merced County Department of Mental Health recently received funding and approval for the construction of a Crisis Residential Unit, which would serve as an alternative to hospitalization of patients with mental illness.
In a wrongful-termination lawsuit, the former chief medical officer of Golden Valley Health Centers said she was fired for opposing policies that would undermine care for low-income and indigent patients. Dr. Silvia Diego filed the lawsuit against her former employer in Stanislaus Superior Court.
Golden Valley Health Centers’ board of directors is reviewing recent allegations from staff members and will create an ombudsman program to build trust within the organization, according to a statement. It was the board’s first public response since staffers aired complaints about the new management of Golden Valley.
The Christmas season is over, and residents will begin the process of placing shiny ornaments back in their boxes, removing the lights from the eaves and packing the glittery decorations away until next year.
Drivers across the San Joaquin Valley are enjoying an ongoing drop in the cost of gasoline, with fuel prices hitting levels not seen since 2009. In a few weeks, however, the price will go up – guaranteed. It’s all part of California’s effort to combat global climate change.