Re “County dodges talks on revenue sharing” (Page 10A, May 27): Anyone who would vote for John Pedrozo for a fourth term as a Merced County Supervisor simply can’t care about Merced’s future. In the last month, Pedrozo and the other supervisors have been taken to task for their failure to do their jobs by the sheriff, district attorney and Merced’s city manager. Incredible.
Pedrozo claims public safety and jobs are his top priorities. That’s campaign road apples. Sheriff Vern Warnke and DA Larry Morse had to go before the board and call them out for failing to deal with the county’s public-safety crisis. Under this board, Merced has become No.1 in murders statewide. No wonder he lost the endorsement of the Merced Deputy Sheriff’s Association, the Sheriff’s Sergeants and District Attorney Investigators.
Then city manager Steve Carrigan writes a shocking op-ed saying Pedrozo, Hub Walsh and the other supervisors have failed for 10 years to reach a revenue-sharing agreement with the cities. Carrigan said the board is “standing in the way” of the Bellevue Corridor, a $420 million development that would bring desperately needed, good-paying jobs.
Pedrozo wants a fourth term. For what? It’s way past time for new leadership in Merced County.
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Barbara Bustos, Atwater