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Adams: Merced needs more progressive thinkers
Editor's Note: This is a continuation of an ongoing discussion about the issues and candidates in the local 2015 election.

By  Doane Yawger
Times Contributing Writer
April 28, 2016

Necola Adams, one of four contenders for Merced mayor, believes the quality of life needs to be elevated for all residents.
The 52-year-old lifetime Mercedian thinks her chances of getting elected this November are "pretty good," and part of a desire for real change and new faces in Merced city government.
Adams and Merced City Council members Noah Lor, Josh Pedrozo, and Mike Murphy are running for mayor in the Nov. 8 general election. She says she ran for council in 1994 and almost won.

DA, sheriff blast leaders over ‘crisis in public safety’

By  Beverly Barela
Times Publisher
April 28, 2016

By administering a verbal thrashing to administrators during the Board of Supervisors meeting this week, Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse and Sheriff Vern Warnke, standing side by side, hoped to get a response about what will be done to address the “ongoing crisis in public safety” which they say has earned this jurisdiction the title, “Homicide Capital of California.”     MORE>

Let’s Do The Math On $15 Minimum Wage

By  John Derby
Times Publisher
April 28, 2016

We are a small business with 20 full and part-time employees.
When the minimum wage went up to $10 an hour, we increased everyone’s wage by $1 because we did not feel it was right to only increase those workers who were on the bottom rung of the economic ladder.
This cost to the company was an estimated $20,000 annually.    

By Dan Fournier

Just outside of Mariposa is a small factory that for the past 30 years has been producing what many consider the finest precisiontuned wind chimes on the market, with chimes being delivered all over
the world, including too many well-known collectors.    

PHOTO GALLERY: Aftershock Rock Festival
The fourth annual Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK debuted a new venue in 2015, and shattered all previous attendance highs in the process. A sold-out crowd of 45,000 was in attendance for California’s biggest rock festival Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25 at Gibson Ranch near Sacramento to experience the best hard rock, metal and alternative artists. The spectacular music lineup included Slipknot, Faith No More, Deftones, Shinedown, Jane’s Addiction, Marilyn Manson, Coheed & Cambria, Stone Temple Pilots, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Bring Me The Horizon, All Time Low, Sleeping With Sirens, Eagles of Death Metal, Black Veil Brides, and more performing on four stages.

By Jonathan Whitaker

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