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Summer at City Hall

The City of Merced is offering opportunities for students who would like to learn more about local government and the 21st Century workforce skills. This summer program is looking to increase youth knowledge of how local government operates and to strengthen intergenerational relationships. There will be guest speakers and field trips throughout the city 2-week period. Students

who live in the city or attend a high school in Merced are eligible to apply. Registration is for students 9th, 10th, 11th, grade and incoming seniors. Students will receive a $100 stipend for completing the program. The program will take place July 10 through 21 at City Hall. For more information log onto or call 3856855.

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Women In NAACP(WIN) Held Mother/Daughter Conference “Empowering Our Future”

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Left-Right, Conference speakers: Effie Godbold, Sylvia F. Fuller, and Dr. Monique Godbold Sanchez. versity in New York. “Words of In- stetrics Gynecology and ”creat“Life doesn’t come with spiration” Dr. Monique Godbold ing Healthy Mother/Daughter Sanchez, Golden Valley Health Relations” by Joyce Dale a local a manual; It comes Care Women’s Health Specialty poet and motivation speaker with a mother” SEE PAGE >2 Clinic-Family Practice with ObWomen in NAACP (WIN) held a Mother/Daughter Conference Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on May 6, 2017 at the Rossetti Saturday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Ed-Zoo-Cation Center in Merced. Conference topics:” I FEEL Good”, Effie Godbold is in the field of aesthetic/cosmetic nursing and a licensed aesthetician. ”The Power of Self Determination”, Sylvia F. Fuller is a retired (209)725-0185 SMOG CHECK COUPON elementary school teacher and 710 W. 14th St PASS administrator with a bachelor OR FREE Merced, CA 95340 of arts from Jersey City State RE-TEST MORE THAN 15 Gas & College and master’s degree in YEARS OF + CERTIFICATE Deisel EXPERIENCE Education from Columbia Uni-



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Governor Names Harris to Fair Employment and Housing Council

By Brenda Ortiz, University Communications

Mark T. Harris, J.D., has been appointed to the California Fair Employment and Housing Council by Gov. Jerry Brown. Harris is a continuing lecturer of management and business economics Opens a New Window. at UC Merced since 2008 and a practicing attorney in Sacramento. From 1999 to 2001, Harris served as undersecretary for the California Business, Transporta-

tion and Housing Agency under former Gov. Gray Davis. Under his newest appointment by Gov. Brown, he will focus his efforts on promoting employment and housing anti-discrimination laws. “It is a high honor to serve the governor and the people of the State of California for the second time in my career,” Harris said. “It is greatly gratifying to continue the fight for social justice for the

underserved, particularly in the Central Valley who are largely among California’s most forgotten residents when it comes to fair treatment in employment and housing.” Harris served as chief deputy at the Alameda County Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office from 1985 to 1988 and was a member of the Sacramento County Planning Commission from 1988 to 1994. He was deputy chief of

staff at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 1990 to 1992. Harris was a visiting professor at the Shanghai Normal University, Tianhua College School of Education from 2011 to 2014, and an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific Benerd School of Education from 2009 to 2014 and at the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development from 2000 to 2008.

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Congressional Budget Office Confirms that Trumpcare Is the Worst Domestic Legislation in Years

The AHCA could result in 23 million Americans left without health coverage by 2026 fundamentally restructure this WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Conprogram that has served as a gressional Budget Office (CBO) safety net for more than 50 years. confirmed what most Americans The White House budget prosuspected: the latest version of the “American Health Care Act” posal released yesterday confirmed the Trump administra(AHCA) is even worse than the tion’s intent to slash this lifeline first version introduced in the for millions of people despite House of Representatives. The nonpartisan office estimates that more than $834 billion would be cut from Medicaid and 23 million people would have their health coverage taken away, endangering their health SACRAMENTO—State Superand opportunities. intendent of Public Instruction NCLR (National Council of La Tom Torlaksonon urged ConRaza) expressed deep concern gress to reject President Trump’s about Medicaid cuts that would federal education budget proposal, which includes deep cuts Central Valley Voice to teacher training, after school is published monthly programs, mental health serFelicia D.Roberts vices, advanced coursework, Publisher Views expressed by writers, and many other important procolumnists and stories printed grams. in this publication do not “I give this budget an ‘F’ grade necessarily reflect the opinions and views of Central Valley for failing public school stuVoice newspapers. Only when dents in California and across indicated as Central Valley the nation,” said Torlakson, who Voice's or editorial views can it be interpreted as the views of leads the country’s largest pubthis publication. The editorial lic school system with more team of Central Valley Voice reserves the right to edit, cut than 6.2 million total students. or piece any article, letter, “We need to invest more in our statement, poem, report, ads, public schools, not slash away quotes and all other materials submitted before printing. at programs that help students Editorial Team succeed.” Charlotte Marcelli Contributer/Photographers Torlakson noted that the proGreg Savage Charlotte L. Blevins posed Trump budget heads in Kelly Thomas a completely different direction Lisa Coelho than the California approach to P.O. Box 1298 education funding. Winton, CA 95388 (209) 357-3718 “In California, we are providing Send your comments to: more resources to students with the greatest needs,” he said. “The Serving Merced, Stanislaus, proposed Trump budget takes Madera and San Joaquin Counties Since 1991 money away from federal pro-

research that shows a majority of Americans oppose decreasing Medicaid funding (74%) and support the program (54%). “The Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that House Republicans made a horrible bill even worse in their rush to take health insurance away from millions of Americans,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “The AHCA would have a devastating impact on communities of every kind. We cannot afford to go back to the days when children were rushed to the emergency room rather than the pediatrician, and when medical bills pushed families into bankruptcy. That’s the vision of America that Donald Trump is fighting so hard to put in place.” House members who voted for this bill are essentially standing

against the health and interests of their own constituents. The Medicaid cuts would jeopardize the health of children, people with disabilities, and seniors— including 18 million Latinos— and eliminate Medicaid expansion, which has helped over 3 million Latinos gain coverage. People with pre-existing health conditions, such as cancer and diabetes, would be vulnerable to high-cost care, and insurance companies could sell skimpier plans that do not cover mental health, maternity care, and other essential health benefits. Most Americans agree that this bill is bad policy: Only 21 percent of the nation supports the bill, while 56 percent oppose it, according to the independent Quinnipiac University Poll. Latino voters support the current

Affordable Care Act (ACA) and want to improve the law, not replace it. More than 4 million Latino adults and over 600,000 Latino children have gained coverage since 2013, many of whom could become uninsured under the new bill. “It is no surprise that Americans overwhelmingly reject Trumpcare,” said Murguía. “Almost everyone knows someone who has gained coverage through the ACA and has experienced the benefits of health insurance. The CBO score is yet another reminder of what is at stake and why we are in this fight. We must continue organizing, lifting our voices, and applying pressure on our elected officials to protect and defend health coverage for millions of Americans.”

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Gives President Trump’s Federal Education Budget Proposal an “F” Grade grams that benefit our most vulnerable students, including after school programs that engage our students, help them stay in school, and make communities safer by reducing crime.” The President’s budget would cut federal education programs across the board and use the money to spend about $500 million to expand charter schools and vouchers for private and religious schools, and offer another $1 billion to push public schools to favor charter and private schools. Torlakson noted that California already has nearly 1,000 public charter schools out of more than 10,000 total schools. And students and their families can use several existing methods to transfer between public schools. In addition, California voters have resoundingly rejected school voucher proposals, which allow students to use public funding to attend private and religious schools. Voters in 2000 cast a 71 percent “No” vote on Proposition 38, which would have created a California vouch-

er program. A similar effort, Proposition 174, received a 70 percent “No” vote in 1993. “Vouchers are unpopular in California,” Torlakson said. “They take critical resources away from our public schools.” The Trump budget proposes eliminating at least 22 programs nationwide. Gone, for example, would be $1.2 billion for after school programs that serve 1.6 million children, most of whom are poor, and $2.1 billion for teacher training and class-size reduction. California, with the most public school students and schools of any state, would suffer, Torlakson said. For example, the federal cuts would decimate federally funded before-, after- and summer school programs that serve nearly 500,000 California’s students at nearly 5,000 sites statewide. Other federal programs would suffer significant cuts, including grants to states for career and technical education, which would lose $166 million, down 15 percent compared to current

funding. Basic adult literacy instruction would lose $95 million. No money at all would go to a fund for student support and academic enrichment that help schools pay for mental health services, anti-bullying initiatives, physical education, Advanced Placement courses, and science and engineering instruction. Congress created the fund, which totals $400 million this fiscal year, by rolling together several smaller programs. The administration’s budget for it would be zero in the next fiscal year. “We need the federal government to help support all California students as they learn on their way to success in 21st century careers and college,” Torlakson said. “This budget fails. I urge Congress to correct these errors and make our nation stronger by preparing our students to succeed in a fiercely competitive global economy.” Congress is scheduled to adopt a budget that would start with the new federal fiscal year on Oct. 1, 2017.


4 JUNE 2017

New Democrats Outline Key Provisions for Cap-and-Trade Extension

Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) Group wants to ensure California’s continued environmental leadership while also protecting state’s economy SACRAMENTO – As a result of Governor Jerry Brown’s signal that the Legislature should agree by June 15 on legislation to extend the Capand-Trade program, today the New Democrats outlined key points that the extension must include to ensure the state’s continued environmental and economic leadership in climate policy. “Over the past several weeks, the New Democrats have had lengthy conversations on components that we believe are fundamental to an all-encompassing, effective response to the threat of climate change,” said Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced). “California must continue to lead the world by implementing a strong climate policy that ensures both a healthy environment for future Californians and growth in all sectors of our economy.” Among the provisions the New Democrats believe must be included in the extension of the Cap-and-Trade program: · Cap-and-Trade must be the primary greenhouse gas reduction method for California to meet its 2030 goals.

· Cap-and-Trade needs to be a cost-effective mechanism to fight climate change and, therefore, must include cost containment tools like carbon offsets and free allowances that reduce the direct burden on consumers and limit emissions leakage to other states. · Any Cap-and-Trade extension should sunset in 2025 to ensure continued legislative oversight. Furthermore, an analysis by the Legislative Analyst’s Office is crucial to evaluating the performance of the program in its entirety. · Workforce development and job training for the green economy are fundamental to achieving our climate goals and transitioning California’s workforce. · Program revenues should

prioritize addressing localized air pollution, particularly in non-attainment zones. · Rural California and impacted industries - like agriculture and goods movement - should benefit from equipment upgrade incentive programs to allow them to be more competitive in the marketplace, while reducing their emissions. “Nobody will follow a system that asks our poorest communities to make the greatest sacrifices,” said Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-San Fernando). “We must take this opportunity to develop a sustainable climate policy framework that will reach our greenhouse gas emissions targets in the most thoughtful way for everyone.”

“We have an opportunity to improve the Cap-and-Trade program and help communities with the poorest air quality,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield). “We must prioritize programs that demonstrate cost-effective GHG emissions and programs that promote green job growth in high unemployment areas.”

“The New Democrats look forward to working with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the Assembly and Senate, as well as with the Governor, to ensure that any legislative proposal that moves forward includes these crucial principles for the benefit of our communities, the environment, and our economy,” said Gray.

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17th Annual Southeast-Asian Scholarship Dinner

Officers and Board members of the Southeast Asian-American Professionals Association (SEA-APA) with 2017 Scholarship Recipients. Speakers were Student Speaker, Nickhom Lee, 2012 Scholarship Recipient and Keynote Speaker Brenda J. Pannell, Esq. The event was held May 19, 2017. 2017 Scholarship Recipients: Denice M. Vang, Gold- ie M. Saeteurn, El Capitan High School, Lilly D. Thor, en Valley High, Lu Yang, El Capitan High School, Merced High School, Nathan S. Xiong, Merced High Summer Lee, Atwater High School, Mai Chong School, Pao Fue Thao, Golden Valley High School, Thao, Golden Valley High School, Phoua Thao, El Rachell Hang, Delhi High School and Suzanna W. Capitan High School, Chukam Lee, El Capitan High Saelee, Golden Valley High School. School, Dawson T. Vang, Delhi High School, DevanCongratulations to 2017 Recipients!

State Leaders Encourage California Dreamers to Apply for Financial Aid


Keynote Speaker Student Speaker, Brenda J. Pannell, Esq. Nickhom Lee Southeast Asian-American Professionals Association (SEA-APA) was established on January 30, 2001 by a group of professionals in Merced County. SEA-APA advocates as a unified voice supporting education and cultural preservation for Southeast Asian-Americans. SEA-APA accomplishes this purpose through the coordination of networking opportunities, community events, and support programs. Board of Directors Officers: Darryl Young, Esq.~ President, Tru Chang, DC~Vice President, Nina Lee, Esq. Treasurer, and Lesley Xiong, M.D.~Secretary. Board Members Wa Chong Yang MBA, PhD, Tou Blong Her, PE, The Honorable Judge Paul C. Lo, Johnny Moua, Ma Vang, PhD, Kou Yang, MSW, Ed.D., Kimiko Vang, MSW, LCSW, Choua Vang, Fong Xiong and Philip Dodgen, Esq.

The California Community Colleges and higher education leaders team up with state lawmakers to urge California Dream Act-eligible students to apply for financial aid.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–The California Community Colleges system today launched a new online video, that encourages California students to apply for financial aid despite the current federal immigration climate. The new video, titled “Follow Your Dreams,” features California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, Asm. Speaker Anthony Rendon, Asm. Jose Medina, Asm. Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, students and other voices in California higher education. The 60-second online video is aimed at current and prospective California community college students and their parents and teachers. It is currently live on the California Community Colleges “I Can Afford College” financial aid awareness website. The California Community Colleges produced the video to reassure AB 540 students that under the California Dream Act, no student’s personal information is shared with the federal

government, and to encourage eligible students to apply for financial aid. The video also aims raise awareness about California’s commitment to providing higher education opportunities for AB 540 students. “For students who participate in the California Dream Act, we don’t share their personal information with any federal agencies or authorities,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “We welcome Dreamers on our campuses and are going to protect their personal information and ensure that they feel comfortable and valued.” According to the California Student Aid Commission, Cal Grant applications for Dreamers in the first months of this year were lower than in the same period of last year. Advocacy efforts by the California Community Colleges, University of California, California State University systems and the California Student Aid Commission in February helped raise those figures

just before the Cal Grant March deadline. Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León signed on to participate in the video because he believes the California Community Colleges’ message of inclusion and opportunity. “Immigrants are the fabric of California’s success and prosperity and Dreamers will help fuel our economy into the future,” said Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León. “We’re doing everything in our power to defend immigrants in California because here we celebrate diversity. We don’t ban it. We don’t deport it. We don’t wall it off.” The California Dream Act allows AB 540 students to apply for financial aid. For more information and for free, one-onone assistance in beginning the application process, visit the California Community Colleges website, which is available in English, Spanish and traditional Chinese.

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6 JUNE 2017



Cowboy Vaquero 5k Run

Old Wild West themed event to celebrate the City’s heritage and uniting the community to the heart of Downtown. It was a fun filled family event filled with raffles, prizes, contests, and competitions. Activities included barbeque competition, pet costume parade, car shows, motorcycle shows, import car show competitions, 5k Run, and Bike Ride with the Mayor. Tsunami Collaboration Inc. coordinated the event which was located at Bob Hart Square on Main Street

Nigel Hatton, Ph.D. presented with Social Justice and Community Service award from Yvonne Davis. Hatton received the award at the Voices of Revolutionary Theatre Collective held on May 9, 2017 at the Merced Multicultural Art Center. The presentation was followed by 2020 Project, Community, and Cultural Spaces Panel Discussion, from K & M Street downtown Merced. moderate by Kim McMillon.

Merced County Board of Supervisors Let Residents Decide How To Spend Discretionary Funds

(Merced, CA) –Merced County Board of Supervisors Lee Lor (District 2) and Rodrigo Espinoza (District 1) will launch an innovative and first-of-its-kind process where residents of Merced County will decide for themselves how to spend $160,000 in public funds. Merced will join Chicago, Long Beach, New York, Vallejo and other cities across the country that promotes Participatory Budgeting (PB) in the United States. In fact, Merced will be the first county in the Central Valley to implement the process allowing residents to directly vote and potentially decide how to allocate $160,000 of (district 1 & 2) discretionary funds for two years. PB gives community residents, youth and stakeholders the opportunity to brainstorm ideas for community improvement projects, develop these ideas into full proposals, and then vote on which projects will be funded and implemented. A relatively new process in the U.S., the White House and the U.S. of Housing & Urban Devel-

opment has already recognized PB as a best practice in civic engagement. The pilot process will give community members real power over real money to increase equity in Merced County and will serve as a model for communities across California. “Implementing participatory budgeting in District 1 & 2 will be a powerful process for resident involvement and leadership development,” said Supervisor Lor. “It will truly capture the spirit of civic engagement and will encourage residents and local stakeholders to collaborate and find ideas to improve our neighborhoods.” “Merced will be the first in the Central Valley to adopt this (participatory budgeting),” said Supervisor Espinoza. “This will help engage my community (District 1) and create a new democratic process for residents to have a say and vote for what they want.” Efforts are underway to develop a volunteer PB steering committee that will oversee the PB process, along with Supervisors Lee Lor and Rodrigo Espinosa and with support from Build-

ing Healthy Communities (BHC) Merced and the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP). All people are encouraged to apply to serve on the PB steering committee. Attached is an application due by June 16th, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. Applications can be submitted online here or via mail to Supervisor Espinoza (if you are in District 1) or Supervisor Lor (if you are in District 2) at: SEE PAGE>14

Alfonzo Cervantes member of the Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce ran in the Comboy 5k run on May 20. The Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 1st Annual Merced Cowboy/Vaquero 5K Run.



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Book Signing event

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High Flows Expected On Merced River Throughout Summer From Melting Snow

As a result of record-breaking snow levels this year, the Merced River will be running extremely high throughout the summer. Residents are urged to remain out of the river during these high flows of melting snow. “As the temperature increases, that water is likely to become more inviting,” said Merced County Fire Chief Nancy Koerperich. “We want to encourage people to stay safe and stay out of the river in the coming months. We absolutely do not want a tragedy this summer, especially one that can be prevented by simply staying away from the high flows. The flows along our local waterways are deceptively fast.” “The Merced River is off-limits

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and should not be entered for recreational purposes,” Warnke said. “The area will be patrolled and there is a zero-tolerance policy for violators. Additionally, anyone who enters the water and needs to be rescued can be held personally liable for the costs associated with that operation.” In 2011, a wetter-than-average year, high flows also resulted from melting snow. That summer, there were numerous near-tragic events along the river as boaters ignored warnings about the water levels. Water levels so far this year have been even higher and are expected to remain high as snow continues to melt. “When somebody goes out

in those swift-moving waters, they’re not only risking their own life – they are also risking the lives of those who have to rescue them,” Koerperich said. On average, approximately 996,000 acre feet of water flows down the Merced River. Since Oct. 1, Lake McClure has passed about 1.7 million acre feet of water downstream. Merced Irrigation District is preparing for another 0.8 million acre feet to reach the reservoir in the coming months. “This is a record-breaking year in terms of snowfall and that is translating into large volumes of water in the Merced River,” said Hicham ElTal, Deputy General Manager at MID.

8 JUNE 2017

Health News

Fibroid Embolization Is Not Safe For Women Who Want To Get Pregnant

(NAPSI)—Women with fibroids who wish to retain fertility need to think twice about uterine fibroid (or artery) embolization (UFE or UAE). UFE is performed by radiologists with a small tube inserted into the large blood vessel in the groin. The vessels that feed the fibroid are then blocked with little plastic particles. However, the longterm control of fibroids through embolization is limited, and the risks associated with pregnancy after UFE are high. “Women need all the facts about the limitations of UFE and the long-term effects on fertility,” said Dr. Paul MacKoul, M.D. “Additional fibroids can grow, fibroids that are embolized can

re-establish a blood supply, and there are controversies with embolization and fertility. Patients who want to maintain fertility and who are referred for UFE should reconsider. Embolization can affect implantation of the embryo into the lining of the uterus where the baby grows. For a successful pregnancy, the blood supply and the lining need to be preserved.” UpToDate®, the premier evidence-based clinical decision support resource, lists out conditions where UFE should NOT be used. There is also an adverse effect on women who have become pregnant after having UFE: “A systematic review and several case series of pregnancies

following UFE or UAE have reported adverse outcomes including miscarriage, preterm delivery, placental problems, and malpresentation.” Advancements In Minimally Invasive Fibroid Removal Proven Safer For Fertility The LAAM (laparoscopic-assisted abdominal myomectomy) minimally invasive fibroid removal at The Center for Innovative GYN Care (CIGC) is proven to be safer than open or robotic fibroid surgeries, and more effective than UFE at preserving the uterus for fertility. CIGC laparoscopic GYN surgeons Paul MacKoul, M.D., Natalya Danilyants, M.D. and Dr. Rupen Baxi, M.D. specialize in this

Minor Symptoms Turned Out To Be A Major-League Disease

The more Americans living with ALS learn about the disease the better they’ll be able to deal with it. (NAPSM)—Like most peo- voluntary movement. No one ple starting retirement, Angela knows for sure what causes ALS, S.* was thinking about how to and there is no known cure. manage volunteer work, help After seeing a neurologist, her children finish college, and Angela and Shawn did a little rejust starting to consider ‘‘what’s search to try to understand this the next chapter,’ when her hus- disease. They learned that ALS band, Shawn, noticed that she affects nerve cells in the brain was having trouble tying her and the spinal cord that send shoelaces. They joked that she messages throughout the body. was either too stressed or too re- When these nerves start to die, laxed, but when Angela’s left leg the brain can’t control muscle started feeling weak, she finally movement. Ultimately, patients went to a doctor. It turned out to can become totally weak and be Amyotrophic Lateral Sclero- then paralyzed. sis (ALS), called ALS, sometimes “Of course we were completecalled Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS ly overwhelmed at first,” says Anis a progressive disease—it gets gela. “Shawn was my rock, but worse over time—that attacks I’m worried about him too—I the nerve cells that control depend on him more and more.”

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Get School Immunizations Up-to-Date

The Merced County Department of Public Health urges parents to ensure that their children’s vaccines are up-to-date and that they have a complete immunization record to provide to schools, preschool, and childcare providers before the start of the next school year. California’s childcare centers and public and provide schools are required by law to check immunization records for all new students and for 7th graders who are required by law to be vaccinated against whooping cough with a Tdap vaccine. Failure to keep immunizations upto-date or to submit a complete record could prevent a child from attending on time. Immunizations required for

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten are: • 4 doses of Polio (3 if one dose was given on after 4 yrs of age) • 5 doses of Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP) (4 if one dose was given on or after 4 yrs of age) • 2 doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (both MMR’s on or after the 1st birthday) • 3 doses of Hepatitis B • 1 dose of Varicella (Chicken pox) Immunization required to advance to 7th grade include: • 1 dose of Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis booster (Tdap) • 2 doses of Measles-containing vaccine (MMR) Call the department for a immunization appointment at 3811023.

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New Faith Celebrates 42 Years

Christian David & Friends Live In Concert!

June 10, 2017 @ 2:00 p.m. Next Saturday Christian David process of transition. This is our & Friends will be in Merced next small way of lending our continweek to minister to the hearts ued love and support. Join us!! and minds of the members of Location: New Faith TabernaNew Faith Tabernacle. Pastor cle~208 E. 10th St., Merced, CA Gwen Amey has ministered to 95341. countless people and still in the

Junelle Lewis singing at New Faith Tabernacle 42nd Church Anniversary.

Let’s Grow In 2017 2 Peter 2:18

Guest speaker Pastor Elliot Stevenson, Believers Christian Center, Fresno, CA.


By Johnny Ramsey We live in an age of immortality, pornography and sensuality. It is nothing short of tragic to view the world our children must endure. The decadent Roman Empire of the first century was no more licentious that the United States of 1979. The filthy morals of Corinth, Pompeii and Crete could never have superseded the vile carnality of our own day. Eighty percent of the New Testament was written to tell Christians how to live for the Savior and how to follow the example of the Lord. “Hereun-

to were ye called: for Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps.” (1Pet. 2:21). This is the urgent need today, also. Due to the influence of Hollywood, television, the recording industry, salacious literature and the sex craze, we have become a nation overwhelmed with craze, we have become a national overwhelmed with the “works of the flesh” (Gal. 5:1921). The sanctity and beauty of marriage, ordained by Jehovah, is threatened by homosexual behavior, adultery and nonchalant attitudes concerning the

monumental divorce rate (Rom. 1, Matt. 19). The modesty which is demanded by the Lord (1 Tim. 2:9-12) is mocked by a society that thrills to indecency, vulgarity and enticement Instead of abstaining from evil and departing from iniquity of abstaining from evil and departing from iniquity (2 Tim. 2:19), many see how close to nudity they can go. It is way past time that faithful Christians speak out against the devils influence (1 Pet. 5: 8-9). We must think on matters that are “pure” and “holy” (Phil. 4:8) and practice an undefiled life of pure Christianity. Scholars of ancient Rome admit that a lack of morals ruined SEE PAGE >10

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Friendship Baptist Celebrates 45th Church Anniversary

Forty five years, and “The Ship” is still sailing...

Friendship Baptist Church celebrated 45 years in the ministry on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Guest speaker of Friendship Baptist Church Anniversary Rev. Lonnie Earl Anderson, Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Kokomo, IN. Guest Churches were: Mount Olive Baptist Church, Olive Leaf Baptist Church, Second Baptist Church and Zion Hill Baptist Church. Friendship took it’s maiden voyage on May 24th, 1972, with 21 passengers. While some have gone on to their reward, others have been added on this journey. Some were pulled from the fire, some straggled in weary from the tolls of life, and others seem to have occupied a pew since birth. They have had different experiences, but traveled together. “ In spite of (And Maybe Even Because of ) the storms we have faced, who has begun this good work in us, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Rev. Dr. Sterling Kyle, Jr.


Behold, I stand at the door. Rev. 3:20

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Guest speaker of Friendship Baptist Church Anniversary Rev. Lonnie Earl Anderson, Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Kokomo, IN



CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 that once-strong civilization. America could well be on the brink of spiritual suicide right now, unless we turn things around for God! Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart.” (Matt. 5:8). Let us strive for that purpose in our conduct.


“Come and Magnify the Lord with me! And, let the Redeemed of the Lord say so!!! Don”t miss what the Spirit of God has to say! IT’S REVIVAL TIME! A Youth Revival will held at the Church of The Living God Temple II 334 Childs Ave in Merced, CA. Date: June 11-17, 2017 nightly @ 7:00 p.m. Pastor Allen Hewitt: (209) 2303427.

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National Night Out

Tuesday, August 01, 2017 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. The City of Modesto Police Department, Target, and the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department’s Maddux Youth Center presents the Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1st at the Maddux Youth Center, located at 615 Sierra Drive from 4-7:00 p.m. The event is free and one of the many neighborhood block parties taking place throughout Modesto and the nation as communities join in celebration of National Night Out. In an effort to build neighborhood spirit and unity in support of anti-crime programs, block parties provide an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and bring awareness of the importance of neighborhood watch and citizens united against crime. The Madduc Youth Center program will also provide community resource booth information, kids activities, bounce houses, face painting, free BBQ and refreshments, and feature guest speakers representing City, County and organization officials. All are invited to attend this free family event. Location: Maddux Youth Center, 615 Sierra Drive, Modesto, CA. Admisssion is FREE

Best Wishes To Central Valley Graduates


News From across the Central Valley

Louise Cooksey Turns 70

Louise Cooksey escorted by grandsons, left-right, Braxton Cooksey, Brian Cooksey Jr., Jamonte Chastang and Davin McCarty at her Birthday Celebration held May 13, 2017. Louise was joined by family and friends to say “ She is 70 and still Fabulous”.

All Moms Matter Boot Camp for New Moms

This is a three-hour workshop taught by mothers. Veteran moms and their babies the orient parents who are expecting their first baby. The rookies get to watch the veterans feed, burp, change, and care for their babies while hearing their experiences and advice. A strong sense of solidarity quickly develops between these parents and peaks when the veterans give their babies to the rookies for hands on training. There is no fee for this workshop, however registration is required. Please call 209-385-3000 ext 5001 to register OR select a date and register right from this page. 2017 Workshop - 3 Locations WIC Location: 1235 Main St, Merced, CA 95340 Time: Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Dates June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, Oc-

tober 11, November 8, December 13

Dignity Health Pavilion, 3rd Floor, Room D Location: 333 Mercy Ave, Merced, CA 95348 Time: Saturday at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Dates: January 28, February 25, March 18, April 29, May 20, June 17, July 29, August 19, September 30, October 21, November 18, December 16 Buena Vista Location: 3376 N. Highway 59, Suite D, Merced, CA 95348 Time: Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Dates: July 15, September 16 For more detailed information about this workshop, call the All Moms Matter program at 209-3853000 ext 5001.

Independence Day Celebration

July 4th, 2017 @ 8: 00 a.m. Schedule: Street Fair and Market in Central Park: 8 a.m. ( Parade Set-up: 8:00 a.m. ) Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Car Show and Street Fair to follow the Parade. Parade, Vendor, and Car Show Registration forms are available at Pauls Glass( 240 S. First St. Turlock), The TDPOA Office (200 West Main St. Suite F, Turlock) or by email. If you wish to receive the form via email please email Entertainment and Fireworks at Stanislaus State presented by City of Turlock and Stanislaus State 7-9 p.m. ~ Live Jazz Performance University Amphitheater Kid’s Activities, Entertainment and Food University Quad Live Music~Pergola Meadows 9 p.m. ~ Fireworks Spectacular Pergola Meadows Please, no alcohol, glass, personal fireworks or BBQs Parking for the event is FREE Handicapped Access The quad area outside of Fitzpatrick Arena is the best area for those with disabilities to view the fireworks. Everyone should remember to bring a chair if they wish to sit. Signage will direct drivers where to drop off handicapped guests. Monte Vista Avenue between Geer Road and Crowell Road will be closed starting at 6:30 p.m. on July 4. Access to the parking lots will be available from the south via Dels Lane, the east via Geer, the west via Crowell, and the north via Christoffersen Parkway. Follow parking officers’ instructions. Some roads surrounding the campus will be one way.

12 JUNE 2017

Juneteenth Festival at Applegate Park Women In NAACP-WIN June 17, 2017~10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Applegate Park 1045 W 25th St. Merced, CA A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Live Entertainment~Vendors Games~Double Dutch~Marbles~Jacks~Raffles~Contests~ Crafts and Soul Food.

Renard and Mary Jones with Jessica Hill at Mary’s Girlfriend’s Brunch held May 27, 2017. The backyard Brunch was a time to reflect and enjoy a morning with friends.

Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) Partners with California’s Great America to Offer Discounted Park Tickets to Passengers

Stockton (CA) – Starting June 5th, 2017 California’s Great America will be offering $30 off the general admission price into the park for guests who ride the ACE train to the Great America station in Santa Clara. About the Offer The discounted park tickets are valid starting June 5th through August 11th, Monday through Friday (not valid on weekends or June 16th, 28th, July 3rd, & 4th). When riders purchase their ACE ticket, they are automatically qualified to receive the discounted park admission rate of $39. Guests simply show their ACE ticket at the admission gate. For additional information, ACE tickets, and schedules for ACE train 07 (Westbound) and 10 (Eastbound), visit

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VENDORS Please get your application at Vault Works on Main & N Street – Merced or contact Estella Dunn at (209) 489-0371. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Ma-

jor General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.

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Best Wishes 2017 Graduates

Crystal Rodriguez and Alexandra Garcia-Resendez graduated from Merced College.

Congratulations on graduating Chase your dreams

Danielle Brown graduated with her BSN from The University of Oklahoma, and has already landed a job at a Local Hospital in the Cardiovascular I.C.U. Unit. Brittney Marcelli graduated from Merced College on May 26, 2017.

God has a great plan for you.

Jeremiah 29:11

Andrew Ibarra graduated from Cruickshank Middleschool in Merced, CA

Claudia Gavina a graduate of Merced College.

Ulonzo Gilliam a graduate of Merced High School.

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Enter for a Chance to Win a $1,000 Scholarship! Turlock, CA - Yonan’s Jewelers is giving away a $1,000 Scholarship as part of the empowHER Lounge at the Fair! Girls ages 16 and older who are attending high school or college can enter this contest giveaway by answering the following question in 500 words: • As females, we should support each other rather than compete with each other. As a future

woman leader, how will you empower other females as you move further up in your career? Email answers to: Include subject title “Scholarship.” Deadline is June 30, 2017. Along with your entry, include your full name, age and what school you attend.

DISCRETIONARY FUNDS...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 Boards of Supervisors, 2222 M St, Merced, CA 95340. To RSVP and receive location info, contact Sol Rivas at BHC Merced, sol@unitedwaymerced. org, (209) 383-4242. All applicants and interested members of the community are encouraged to attend. WHO SHOULD APPLY? Steering Committee membership is open to residents of Merced County Districts 1 and 2 and to community organizations, nonprofits, or public agencies serving Districts 1 and 2 - especially those working with low-income communities and underrepresented groups like immigrants, formerly incarcerated individuals, the homeless, and youth. Not sure which district you’re in? Visit this link. BENEFITS 1. Build stronger relationships with diverse groups in South Merced County and ensure that county funds are allocated in an inclusive, equitable, and transparent manner; 2. Attract new members and supporters to your organization through community outreach efforts; 3. Contribute to real community improvement projects in your districts; 4. Gain recognition for the accomplishments of PB, alongside other committee members. RESPONSIBILITIES OF STEERING COMMITTEE ORGANIZATIONS 1. Attend two (2) planning workshops in July 2017 to de-

sign the PB process; 2. Attend one monthly meeting every August 2017 through June 2018 to oversee the process and make decisions as needed; 3. Provide specialized support for an element of the PB process (e.g. organizing, facilitation, outreach, media, research, arts, design), based on your organization’s expertise and resources; 4. Promote the PB process to diverse constituents, especially low-income and underrepresented groups like immigrants, formerly incarcerated individuals, the homeless, and youth. HOW TO APPLY Applications will be reviewed by Supervisors Rodrigo Espinoza & Lee Lor, with support from BHC Merced and PBP, to ensure that the Steering Committee represents the diversity or participating districts and a variety of resource organizations. Steering Committee members will be announced on or before June 30, 2017. Submit your application online here by June 16, 2017, at 4:30 pm, or download the attached version and send to Supervisor Espinoza (if you’re in District 1) or to Supervisor Lor (if you’re in District 2) at: Board of Supervisors, 2222 M St., Merced, CA 95340. FOR MORE INFORMATION Merced County Supervisor Rodrigo Espinoza, District 1 (209) 385-7457, Rodrigo.Espinoza@ Merced County Supervisor Lee Lor, District 2 (209) 385-7366, lee.



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19th Annual American Graffiti Show

Saturday, June 17, 2017~11:00 ~1p.m.-3:00 p.m. Come celebrate Father’s Day with the Merced Zoo, on Saturday at the Zoo’s Rossotti Center, and learn about reptilies. E & M Reptile Family’s Eric and Michelle Johnson will again three live presentations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m.-3 p.m. This is a chance for you and your children to have a hands on experience with small and large live reptiles. This program is included with your zoo admission and is a fabulous presentation. Come learn and enjoy the fun!

Friday-Sunday June 9 -11, 2017 Municipal Golf Course, 400 Tuolumne Boulevard, Modesto Sponsored by the North Modesto Kiwanis Club

• Special Guests: “American Graffiti” stars Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins; custom car builder Gene Winfield Car Show/Festival: Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $10 (children under 12 free with adult) More information:; (888) 746-9763

6.13.2017 4H Youth Program Business Connector Tuesday, June 13, 2017~5:30 p.m. Come network and connect with local businesses! We will have appetizers and raffle prizes. Thank you for supporting your business community See you all there! Any questions please call the MCHCC office at (209) 384-9537 or email us at

6.15.2017 Downtown’s National Night Out

Thursday, June 15, 2017~5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Come on down to enjoy some live music with Crime Prevention Officers and specialized units. Downtown Plaza, across from Brendan Theatres Modesto, CA 95354


Celebrate Juneteenth!

Friday, June 16, 2017~6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. “A celebration of African American History, Cultural Bridges & Family Values.” Program starts with a talent showcase on Friday, June 16th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday’s program begins at 11:00 a.m. and includes a presentations by guest speakers, inspirational gospel singers, D.J. music, cultural performances, demonstrations, educational exhibits, community resource information booths, book giveaways, basketball tournament, children’s activities and bounce houses. FREE. Info or to reserve a vendor booth call, Deborah Sullivan (209) 568-3643.

Community News

6.15.2017 Community Unity Rally Tuesday, June 15, 2017~5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Community Unity Rally. Mancini Bowl, Graceada Park. Speakers address issues impacting on our community members including: Refugees, Immigration, Freedom of Religion, Civil Rights, Social Justice. 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

7.10.2017 Summer Youth Arts Camp July 10 - July 28 at the MAC Save the date! We are beginning to plan our Summer Youth Arts Camp at the MAC. Local artists will come and impart their expertise to young aspiring artists. The Summer Youth Arts Camp will run for three week-long (M-F) sessions Some art class ideas include (but not limited to): Print-Making, Portraits, Digital Graphic Design, Digital Story-telling, Song-Writing, Drumming, Watercolor Painting, Poetry, etc. $75 per class or $225 per one-week session (includes lunch). Scholarships are available! 10% discount to MMAC members. The dates and times for our Summer Camp sessions, please call (209) 388-1090 or email to be the first to know when we announce all the details of each class!

7.11.2017 Girl Power Day Camp Tue, Jul 11, 2017, 3:30 p.m. – Fri, Jul 14, 2017, 8:30 p.m. This camp will help girls find their Power. Being active and keeping a healthy mindset are important for all girls. Make new friends and have fun this summer. UC Merced~Merced, CA For more information call: (800) 322-4475 See our website at:

8.05.2017 Summer Family Health Festival

Saturday, August 5, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. FREE for everyone: Raffles & Prizes, Food, Refreshments Entertainment, Fun Activities & Face painting. FREE Health screenings for Glaucoma, Blood Pressure, Breast Exams, Vision, Hearing, Diabetes & Dental for children. Sports Physicals for a small fee - call 381-2027. Well Child Exams by appointment. For information call 726-1235. For details call 381-2000 Ext 7213. 3605 Hospital Road Atwater, CA 95301 For more information call: (209) 381-2000 visit website at WWW.CFHC. CARE

9.30.2017 Save the date: Saturday, September 30th This event is a fundraiser for DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Students with DACA status must renew their application every 2 years. The fee for the renewal is $495. This event will assist students in need with their filing fee. Holly Near will be performing. Enjoy an evening with Holly for a combined musical experience that will make for an evening of affirmation, empowerment and hope. The event is being held at United Methodist Church Merced 899 Yosemite Parkway For tickets: events

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Dance Department Offers Hip-Hop Shows The MJC Dance program gets a groove on this summer with the Off the Beat 7 - Hip Hop Dance Concert on Wednesday, June 14 and Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus.

The Off the Beat 7 “Mixtape” concert theme offers an eclectic playlist of music that has inspired the choreographers to showcase their style, vibe and groove moves. Tickets are $11 general admission and $9 for students of all ages and seniors.

Warren G in Concert

July 1st 2017 @ 5: 00 p.m.~11:30 p.m.

The Livingston 4th of July Festival will kick off on July 1st with headlining artist Warren G. General admission to the festival is free, however concert admission is $10 presale, $15 at the door. The band Stubborn will be the opening act! Come check out a night of great entertainment and support the Race For Autism which helps numerous families in need who are living with autism.

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Friday, August 4, 2017 8:00 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater Along with The O’Jays, The Spinners and The Delfonics, the Stylistics are one of the groups that helped define the music coming out of the City of Philadelphia beginning in the 1970s. The quartet recorded a remarkable 12-straight Top Ten hits from 1971 to 1974, all of them infused with the charisma, style and harmony that would make The Stylistics one of the most popular and accomplished soul groups ever. Among the indelible and romantic hits are “You’re a Big Girl Now,” “You Are Everything,” “Betcha by Golly, Wow” and the unforgettable “You Make Me Feel Brand New.”

The Carlos Vieira Foundation is organizer of Warren G Concert. Location: Max Foster Sports Complex 2600 Walnut Avenue Livingston, CA 95334



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18 JUNE 2017


2nd Annual Veterans Bowling Tournament

Open Divison Veterans Division 1st Place ~Tyler Davis 782 1st Place~Larry Valenti Sr. 681 2nd Place~Adam Andrino 701 2nd Place~John Nunes 679 3rd Place ~Kim Barcellos 680 3rd Place~Tom McBride 657

Tiny Tots Swimming Lessons

City of Merced Parks and Recreation Summer Swim Lesson Program 2017

LESSONS FOR AGES 6 MONTHS TO 14 YEARS OLDSwim Lessons are held at McNamara Pool & Merced High School WALK-IN REGISTRATION OPEN NOW 678 West 18 Street Office Hours 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

COST: $10.00 PER SESSION FOR EACH CHILD Session 1: June 5 - June 15 Session 2: June 19 – June 29 Session 3: July 10 - July 20

Parent & Me: Ages 6 mos. - 3 yrs. Tiny Tots 1: Ages 3 - 5 yrs. Tiny Tots 2: Ages 4 - 6 yrs. Beginner Prep: Ages 7 - 10 yrs. Stroke Technique: Ages 8 - 14 yrs For more Information please call: Joey Chavez at 385-6978 or Email

Buddy Huddleston, right, organizer of the 2nd Annual Veterans Bowling Tournament with bowlers who placed in the Tournament. The Tournament was held on May 20, 2017 at Bellevue Bowl in Atwater. Commanders wives-Local Chapter, Atwater/Merced received $496.

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UC Merced’s Athletics Department has hired women’s volleyball coach and alumnus Surabordin “Ai” Prachumsri as the men’s volleyball head coach. He will remain coach of the women’s team, as well. After stepping in midseason as interim head coach of the men’s volleyball team, Prachumsri led the team to their best season (711) in program history. The team won consecutive matches for the first time in program history and earned a spot in the conference tournament. “It has been a privilege to watch the men’s team grow over the years and it is a blessing to get the chance to lead this group of young men,” Prachumsri said. “Ai has proven to be a great

motivator and has the ability to pull the team together to focus on their common team goals,” Director of Recreation and Athletics David Dunham said. “I am confident he will continue this success moving forward.” Prachumsri led the women’s team to a 12-13 record last season. After a slow start, Prachumsri rallied the team and they finished strong, winning 10 of their final 12 matches and securing a place in the California Pacific Conference semifinals. Prior to the 2016-17 year, Prachumsri was a member of the UC Merced men’s volleyball coaching staff for the past two seasons where he assisted in all aspects of the program from administrative responsibilities

ball skills, the American Basketball Association (ABA) seeks players who demonstrate a positive community service attitude. Candidates are required to complete criminal record checks, drug testing and reference checks. Successful candidates

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Merced, Prachumsri competed on the men’s volleyball club team for three years and in 2013, as the program was elevated to the intercollegiate level, he competed as the starting libero for the inaugural squad. He graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering.

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Forecast: Fresno To Add Jobs, Wages, People

Nonfarm employment in the Fresno area is expected to grow 1.9 percent this year and 1.4 percent in 2018. The expected leading sector for job growth this year is construction & mining at 6.1 percent, financial activities at 3.1 percent and state & local government at 3.1 percent. The only sectors projected to see negative growth include information at -2.1 percent, federal government at -1.7 percent and leisure & hospitality at -1.6 percent. The average annual wage is expected to be $51,894 this year, up nearly 2 percent from last year. It’s expected to reach $57,784 by 2020. Fresno County’s population University of the Pacific’s most recent state economic forecast sees good is expected to reach 998,779 by things ahead for the Valley and Golden State. next year, growing at 1 percent Written by Business Journal staff amount in the Fresno area over annually and hitting 1.01 million Fresno employment, wages, a similar period, according to the by 2020. The 2017 unemployment rate housing starts and population forecast. is expected to be 8.8 percent, are all expected to rise through The Central Valley, along with but is forecast to hit 8.1 percent 2020, according to the latest CalStockton and Sacramento, are ifornia & Metro Forecast created expected to be affected by a by 2020. Housing starts are expected to by the Center for Business and large number of policy changes hit 3,424 by 2020, up from nearly Policy Research at the University on the horizon including health 3,000 in 2008. of the Pacific Eberhart School of care, immigration, minimum Business in Stockton. wage and trade with a range of In general, the forecast for positive and negative effects. the entire state is mostly positive. Highlights include health services becoming the largest employment sector in the state, projected to add about 40,000 “Congratulations Class of 2017” jobs over the next 12 months, which is less than 65,000 jobs Insurance, Auto Insurance, Homeowners added in recent years. With fedInsurance, Life Insurance, Property & eral health funding expected to Casualty Insurance, Renters Insurance decline, growth in the sector is 240 E. Yosemite Ave. • Merced, CA 95340 expected to drop to 20,000 new jobs each year by 2020. Peter Padilla Growing tourism and a gradwebsite: ual shift in consumer spending e-mail: from retail to restaurants has fueled rapid growth in leisure and hospitality sector in California. However, this sector’s growth is slowing to 30,000 new jobs over the next 12 months and will cool further to 20,000 new jobs by 2020 as higher minimum wages lead to slower hiring. In terms of investment, the Central Valley is well placed. Expansion at UC Merced is expected to generate more than $1 billion in investment over several years, and high-speed rail is expected to spend the same

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Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta for not further delaying the rule past June 9th, however, key compliance provisions built into the rule’s exceptions have been further delayed to January 1, 2018. Moreover, the department announced that it will not enforce the rule between June 9 and January 1st. This means loopholes that allow financial advisers to take advantage of savers are not fully closed and retirement savers will continue to be harmed. Further, EPI expects new attempts to weaken and delay the rule in coming months, since the department has made it clear that it is considering proposing additional changes to the rule and delaying it beyond January 1. Zipperer notes that the financial services industry is a sector of the economy with high wages and income while most workers’ wages have been largely stagnant for 35 years. “It’s long past the time for a common sense rule that requires the financial services industry not to rip off America’s working people who are saving for retirement.”





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Disappointing March Job Growth Likely A Blip In An Otherwise Solid Report

Economic Indicators By Elise Gould Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the economy added 98,000 jobs in March. While this is considerably lower than the past few months, this is likely due in part to seasonal adjustments not capturing the early March winter storms and a mild pullback after February’s strength and unusually mild weather, and it is just enough to keep up with working-age population growth. Turning to the household survey, the unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in March (reflecting a significant divergence in employment growth in the two surveys). The unemployment rate has been slowly but steadily declining since the depths of the Great Recession, but it still has a ways to go before we can safely say

we are at full employment. Remember that the economy sat at roughly 4.0 percent for two solid years in 1999 and 2000, without sparking inflationary pressure. The Federal Reserve should wait until the economy reaches genuine full employment before raising rates, as it is widely expected to in June. Of course, while policymakers will be quick to take credit or cast blame for any changes in employment, it is important to remember most month-tomonth changes are simply the continuation broader trends already underway before the current administration took the wheel. EPI’s recently launched Autopilot Economy Tracker, which compares several key economic indicators against a baseline projection, will be updated later with this month’s numbers.

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Thousands of people are driving potentially unsafe vehicles—but you don’t have to be among them. (NAPSI)—More than 725,000 a rebuilt wreck. vehicles driven on U.S. roads That’s because some unscruevery day may be dangerous, pulous sellers resort to what’s according to new research from known as “title washing”; that is, Carfax. These vehicles were dam- they alter the car’s documents. aged so severely in an accident, These criminals patch badly by fire or flood that DMVs across damaged cars back together, the country require permanent erase documented evidence of title marks to warn people about the damage and resell them to the damage. Still, thousands are unsuspecting buyers in other back on the road in every state, states. Many of these cars are and worse, many of the owners sold on free online classifieds may have no idea they’re driving sites, in busy parking lots and

other high-traffic areas. “I was shopping for a car for my daughter and arranged to purchase one off Craigslist that looked immaculate,” said car buyer Scott Liker. “The seller asked if I could pay cash and told me the vehicle had a clean title. I went to Carfax and was shocked to find it was issued a salvage title out of Florida. Within days, the vehicle was titled in Tennessee and a month later was in

Missouri, now with a clean title. I was shaking, because I had just dodged a bullet.” North Carolina, Mississippi, New Jersey, California and Georgia have the highest number of these potentially dangerous vehicles. Crooks also seem to be moving and reselling these vehicles in cities along the I-40 corridor, the research suggests. “Hundreds of thousands of people driving unsafe vehicles is


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