A row of old motels and businesses line West 16th Street in Merced, calling little attention to the area during the daytime. But when the sun sets, the street comes alive with activity. Women wearing short skirts and ripped tights stand in the doorways of motel rooms. An open curtain in another room reveals a half-naked woman waiting inside.
Merced County authorities announced the kickoff this month of the annual weed abatement program, a process that aims to reduce overgrown grass and debris from yards that cause fire hazards and other issues.