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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

California lawmakers took a step toward restructuring water rights hearings throughout the state last week when Assembly Bill 313, introduced by Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced), overwhelmingly passed the Assembly, moving the bill which aims to fix the state’s broken water management structure closer to becoming law.

Monday, June 5, 2017

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) -- A state assembly bill aimed at helping fairground funding throughout the state is moving forward. The bill would help state fairs make repairs while bringing in more entertainment and revenue.

Friday, May 19, 2017

As excerpted from the Fresno Bee:

California is about to go nuts thanks to some fourth-graders from Merced
To some, California has long had the reputation of being a little nutty. Now, a fourth-grade class in Merced is trying to make it official.

Earlier this year, students from Margaret Sheehy Elementary School launched a letter-writing campaign urging their local state legislators to draft a bill making almonds the official California nut. After all, almonds are big business in California, valued at $4 billion and creating more than 100,000 jobs. Besides, California has lots of other “official” stuff like the state flower, bird and rock. Heck, we even have a state lichen.

 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Last week’s Operation Scrapbook went off without a hitch, but county officials say it wouldn’t have been possible without VIPER, a program signed into California’s budget by the governor.

The Violence Interruption/Prevention Emergency Response program recruited, hired and trained analysts, set up a facility and acquired equipment to begin its operation. The program became fully operational in mid-February and played a key role in putting dozens of Sureño gang members behind bars, officials say.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Re “Watchdog group gives Gray an ‘F,’ but that may not be bad” (Page 3A, May 9): I would like to thank Jeff Jardine for the article on Adam Gray. I am one of many Republicans who voted for Assemblyman Gray and will continue to do so. He works for all of his constituents, not just his party. I do not agree with his vote on the gas tax hike, but I do not expect to like everything that he does. We are retired dairy farmers and feel that he is looking out for the farmers and dairymen in his district and I appreciate that. If the far left groups like the People's Report Card of California don't approve of him, then that tells me that he must be doing something right and I give him an A+ on my report card. No politician should represent their party, they should represent the people who elected them and that is what Adam Gray does.

Rita F. Silva, Los Banos

Monday, May 8, 2017

Adam Gray got an “F” on his report card – or one of them, anyway. That could really mess up the 21st District Assemblyman’s chances of being valedictorian some day.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Assemblymember Gray and Senator Cannella weigh in on the proposed transportation package in today's Modesto Bee and Merced Sun-Star

 

Last November, we asked you to trust our local government and elected officials by passing a half-cent sales tax increase to become a “self-help county” – meaning counties that have stepped up to generate local funding for transportation improvements. The two-thirds threshold for passage meant it took Democrats, Republicans and independents working together to make it happen.

After all the votes were counted, both Stanislaus and Merced County approved the measures. Thank you.

Gov. Jerry Brown has now put a state transportation funding plan on the table. It raises taxes, no question. Gas will cost about 17 cents more per gallon by 2020. Diesel taxes and vehicle fees will also increase. The gas and diesel components of his plan will fall hardest on working class families here in the Valley, where commutes are the longest and incomes are among the state’s lowest.

There are a lot of promises being made for the $5.2 billion a year the plan will generate, but the question we must answer is whether this plan makes good on its promises here in the Valley.