Archived Articles

May 3, 2017
Merced County does not always get its fair share. As elected officials, we see it on almost a daily basis. Funding formulas typically favor more urban and coastal areas while communities in the Valley get what’s leftover.
March 13, 2017
The pitch of politics seems higher than ever this year. That, however, does not change the core responsibility of elected officials to serve the residents of their district.
February 15, 2017
Immigration is by far the most salient topic in the United States right now. While the current focus is on actions over the past few weeks, we have to have greater perspective. The politicians in Washington have allowed our nation’s immigration system to become such a mess. It would be great if we...
December 20, 2016
"In Merced County I think we have twice the state average of unemployment we have upwards of 26 percent in poverty level", said Anthony Cannella who represents the 12th Senate District. Cannellla goes on to say that the Water Board's plan known as SED will not help Salmon population like they say...
May 17, 2016
We’ve been hearing that we need to reinvest in our transportation infrastructure, but it is widely recognized that we need to make drastic changes in how we fund transportation.
April 27, 2015
Cannella - "Anyone who drives on our roads knows we have a transportation infrastructure crisis in California. Even though we’re paying more in gas taxes and transportation fees than any other state, that money hasn’t been used to repair or maintain our streets, highways and other infrastructure projects."
September 19, 2014
It was a busy August at the Capitol as the legislative session drew to a close. We had many long days and nights of thoughtful debates and discussions on legislation covering a variety of pressing issues, including health care, public safety, education, government accountability and, of course,...
August 21, 2014
Water – it’s easy to take it for granted. We use it to make our cup of coffee, shower, water our lawns and, of course, drink. Our state depends on water for its economy, with our agricultural communities creating thousands of jobs for friends and neighbors, creating billions of dollars in revenues...
May 2, 2014
How could a convicted felon get rich from the vulnerability of those participating in drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment programs funded by the state? Why aren't there safeguards in place to prevent this from happening?
March 28, 2014
Also published at Merced Sun-Star There are so many comforting and well-known phrases based on a homestead – home sweet home, home is where the heart is, there’s no place like home – the list goes on. Why? Because home is a safe place, at least it should be. When the Central Valley experienced one...