Merced adopted a $233 million budget this week, what one councilmember called the "best budget" he's seen in his eight-year tenure. The 6-0 vote on Monday approved the budget, which has a general fund of $41.7 million.
Dairyman Scott Silveira said he's "confident" he has claimed the Merced County District 5 Supervisor race with more than 60 percent of the vote. He said he's "excited" about digging into the county's inner workings and figuring out how to "get out of the way" of Merced County business.
The race between county Superintendent Steve Tietjen and Merced River District Superintendent Richard Lopez seemed to be settled on Wednesday when Lopez took to Facebook and thanked his supporters while speaking about his campaign in the past tense.
Merced County's district attorney-elect said Wednesday she is "grateful" for the "decisive" victory at the polls on Election Day, and she looks forward to bringing "greater transparency" to the office.
The Election Day polls will see incumbent District Attorney Larry Morse II take on his first opponent in challenger Kimberly Helms Lewis since taking office in 2006. The two camps have lobbed accusations in the past few months.
Authorities released the name of a woman on Wednesday who suffered "major injuries" in a crash the previous day that killed three people at the edge of Merced city limits, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II and challenger Kimberly Helms Lewis were asked pointedly about law enforcement use of force, immigration and number of issues surrounding people of color.
Several details were not immediately clear, including whether the driver was a man or woman, but the solo occupant of a black SUV went over the embankment just after 11 a.m. between Dinosaur Point and Rock Bridge.
The re-election team for Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II has called into question a "stunningly large" donation taken by his opponent that came from a company sued on behalf of Merced County and others in the Central California region.