Though over the past several years the number of homeless people living in Merced County has continued to grow, advocates say efforts to house them are working. Last month, the coalition of advocates in the Merced County Continuum of Care reported that nearly 900 people are homeless in the county. Just this week, leaders from the Continuum said 232 people have been housed in the past six months.
The Merced Police Officers Association on Tuesday released a strongly worded open letter directed at city leaders, calling for better compensation for police and more officers to beef up the ranks of the understaffed department.
The Merced Irrigation District officials on Tuesday said no water will be available from Lake McClure this year and some Merced County farmers may not receive any water at all from the district this year.
Developer Greg Hostetler pledged $1 million this week to the Merced Police Department to go toward a foundation for officers. The announcement was made during the public comment section of the Merced City Council meeting Monday to the surprise of just about everyone in the room.
Though they have been on the job for weeks now, City Attorney Randolph Hom and Merced City Fire Chief Shawn Henry took their respective oaths of office during a Merced City Council ceremony Monday. The council also took time during its meeting to recognize Tamara Cobb, who has taken over as the head of the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee.