A photograph depicting a candidate for the Livingston City Council posing with several people described by law enforcement officials as known gang members sparked controversy this week, less than two weeks before the election.
The city of Livingston will host a utility rates stakeholder meeting today to discuss future water plans, including the removal of contaminants from the city’s water wells. Other topics scheduled for discussion include the city’s water system needs, water availability and funding sources, according to the meeting agenda.
The Police Department announced Tuesday it will be swearing in two new reserve police officers, Satveer Singh and Javier Ramirez. The two new reserve officers will be sworn-in at 7 p.m. March 19 inside the Livingston City Council chamber.
A 26-year-old man who died after a Highway 99 pursuit with law enforcement officers was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported Thursday. The coroner's office has identified the dead man as Brandon Wesley Eckel.
The city is facing a potential legal battle from its former community development director, who claims she was laid off because of her race and for refusing to carry out unethical actions on behalf of officials.
The streets of Atwater and Livingston sparkled Friday evening as the cities’ residents gathered to celebrate the holidays with their annual parades. There were a few dozen entries in Atwater’s parade, which was sponsored and organized by the Atwater Chamber of Commerce.
A three-vehicle accident on Highway 99 north of Westside Boulevard near Livingston on Friday afternoon resulted in major injuries to one of the drivers. Several lanes were blocked and traffic was slowed for hours after the 12:45 p.m. crash. Winton resident Candelaria Valencia, 28, was driving a 2007 Honda Accord south on Highway 99 at an unknown speed when her vehicle traveled across the center divide and spun counterclockwise for an unknown reason, said officer John Patterson, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.
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