Behavioral health specialists at Golden Valley Health Centers have voted to join other unionized workers. The vote was 12-0 for the mental health therapists and counselors to join Service Employees International Union Local 521, which represents about 450 medical assistants and office personnel who work for Golden Valley in Merced and Stanislaus counties.
The California attorney general’s officel responds to a death penalty appeal for Modesto’s Scott Peterson, who authorities say killed his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner, at Christmastime 2002.
In the fall semester, UC Merced senior lecturer Virginia Adán-Lifante offered extra credit to students who volunteered to translate a portion of the Valley Crisis Center website into Spanish. But volunteers were motivated less by the classroom reward than by the chance to help.
The state Department of Transportation used heavy machinery to begin to clear a homeless encampment on Monday in Merced near Highway 140, where an estimated 25 people lived in tents and makeshift buildings.
Merced City Council’s first town hall-style meeting of the year is Thursday with the second coming next week. The meetings are meant to help the council make decisions on priorities for the coming year by hearing from those who attend.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider allowing residents to bring dogs into Lake Yosemite Park for the next six months, in addition to setting the first reading of the county’s groundwater ordinance.
The Merced City School District Board of Education this week approved new boundaries for elementary school students in the city, a decision that irked parents whose children will be bused miles away from home while passing much closer campuses.
Merced prosecutors this week asked for additional evidence from police investigators in the case against a father and son accused of beating a neighbor’s dog earlier this month. Prosecutors said they were seeking a full-length copy of surveillance footage, as well as additional documents and other unspecified evidence.