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Citing crime sprees, 3 Valley sheriffs, state lawmaker say early prison releases must end

Early release of convicted criminals from the California state prison system should be the exception, not the expectation and certainly not the norm.

Unfortunately, too many of California’s policymakers — perhaps laboring under the misconception that having fewer people in prison best serves taxpayers — have embraced a philosophy that is returning violent criminals to our streets. Instead of saving taxpayers’ money, it is costing lives and putting enormous stress on law enforcement.

Gray’s Bill Combatting Theft of Catalytic Converters Advances

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Adam Gray’s (D-Merced) bill to combat skyrocketing rates of catalytic converter theft has cleared its first legislative hurdle. The Assembly Transportation Committee approved Gray’s bill, AB 2682, on Monday with support coming from both Democrats and Republicans.

Helping farmers fight unnecessary regulations, bureaucracy

In my Assembly District, which covers the western half of Stanislaus County and all of Merced, there were roughly 545 dairy farms last year. Now there is at least 1 less.

A friend recently told me he had gotten rid of all his cows.

As I look at what’s happening across our state and in Sacramento, I wonder how many other farmers will soon make the same choice.

North Valley assemblyman Gray questions CA Natural Resource secretary Crowfoot’s water usage plan, “It’s robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

A group of congressional republicans issued a letter to President Biden and governor Gavin Newsom this week urging their administrations to issue emergency declaration following the massive rainstorm. The letter urged them to issue emergency declarations and direct relevant federal and state agencies to temporarily waive all impediments that limit operations of the Delta pumps to ensure none of these storm flows go to waste. North Valley assemblyman and democrat Adam Gray agrees more needs to be done on the state and federal levels to store water.

Newsom gives two thumbs up for UC Merced medical facility

Gov. Gavin Newsom visited UC Merced this week to personally tell UC officials, local elected leaders, community members, and of course students, that the State of California will support the building of a new, on-campus medical education building for the university.

State’s decision to end water talks a slap in the face to Modesto-area residents

California state bureaucrats who dropped a bomb on our region by quitting water negotiations ought to be ashamed.

A few days ago, two of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s top appointed officials sent notice that they’re done talking about how much water in the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers we might be willing to part with. Instead, they plan to just take what they want.

Newsom backs Costa, Gray’s push for medical school at UC Merced

Gov. Gavin Newsom is backing the effort to build a medical school at UC Merced.

In a news conference at UC Merced on Monday, the governor expressed his support for the project, which has been on the minds of Valley leaders and residents since the university’s 2005 opening. Well before that, Fresno leaders began lobbying for a state-funded Valley medical school in the early 1960s.