This Could Power Merced County Through 21st Century
August 25, 2016
at the future of Merced County, the UC Merced Development
and the Revenue Sharing Agreement between Merced County
and its cities, is so important it could power this county
through the 21st Century.
The financing of the UC development alone warrants national
attention because it brings together educational resources
and private resources. Together they can address the problem
of how higher education can keep pace with the demand of
growing student bodies.
The problem of Revenue Sharing has been an anchor around
the neck of Merced County and the city, dragging it to an
economic halt in areas where the need for growth has been
Both of these actions deal with jobs, hopefully local jobs
which can provide opportunity for residents of Merced County,
at all levels, to find work. Keep in mind, we are not all
college graduates, and in many cases the construction jobs
do not require college degrees.
How important are local jobs? Without them, we remain on
the treadmill of poverty facing crime, drug and gang problems,
which no amount of policing can stop.
We are glad to see that the UC Merced development has set
guidelines for local hiring on its projects.
There is something more important about these two actions
which has taken place. They both have required negotiation
on the part of city, county and university leaders —
all pulling in the same direction.
All too often in the past we have seen just the opposite,
local leaders pulling at each other and failing to reach
any positive results.
Speaking for the community and the county, we are proud
to see that this breaks the barrier between action and inaction.
It answers the questions: What is best for the city? What
is best for the county? And what is best for the University,
its staff and student body?
Merced College should be in step with these other agencies,
and we feel it would be if we could put aside the criticism,
and get down to the most important issue at hand. That is
hiring of the right new president.
Finally, we realize that all of this did not happen without
a lot of work hours on the part of many people. We cannot
list all their names here, however, they are in the stories
which we have written.
These people deserve a pat on the back.
You know them, and when you see them, stop and say: “Damn