For the first time, Merced County opted this year to spend its own money cleaning up graffiti. In February, it offered $100,000 to nonprofit groups interested in the job.
Two months later, no takers have come forward, none of the money’s been doled out and none of the graffiti’s been painted over.
Why not? Nonprofits groups once interested in helping say the money isn’t enough to tackle a rampant, unrelenting problem. And they say they weren’t expecting a few of the requirements to qualify for the funding — namely criteria that require they have both worker’s compensation and liability insurance.
Read the full story in Friday's Merced Sun-Star.