The city of Merced took its first step Monday toward calling in a third party to help hammer out a tax-sharing deal with Merced County. The council unanimously agreed to give City Manager Steve Carrigan the leeway to meet with county leaders and pick a mediator in the hopes that the city can move forward with development, particularly on land near UC Merced.
The Merced County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday pushed back against criticism over their response to the county’s historic murder rate. However, at least two supervisors acknowledged they haven’t done enough to address the highest homicide rate per capita in the state.
Merced City Council has endorsed putting a proposed countywide half-cent sales tax before voters in November, saying the county needs the revenue to compete against so-called “self-help” counties for state and federal funding.
When Matthew and Terces Engelhart began eating meat again for the first time in 40 years, they tried to explain why they had started to “harvest” some of the cows they owned on their Northern California farm. There was one wrinkle: the Engelhart family owns Cafe Gratitude, one of the largest vegan restaurant chains in California.