A Few Letters, Sun-Star & and Mike McGuire Articles about Livingston Politics (and a few other things Worthy of Note) 2012 – 2013


Note from TheGardeningSnail. Some of the links to Merced Sun Star Articles may have “expired”: which means, you might have to request a copy from the Merced Sun Star Archives. However, those of you with access to online newspaper data bases should be able to locate a copy that way as well. Might take you a few clicks, but already having a Title and a Date Published should help out a bit

If you want to research even further back, there are additional pages which can give you an idea about what happened, (or has not happened) to things like Water Rate Increases, or Development Projects that have been batted back and forth for several years. The two links below will take you to Headlines and snippets from the following years

And now..On to 2012 – 2013

Livingston sees plan for higher water, sewer rates, December 19, 2013, Ramona Giwargis, Merced Sun Star – City leaders have released a preliminary draft of two scenarios outlining increases to residents’ water and sewer rates over the next five years.———City Manager Jose Ramirez said the draft is a “work in progress” but gives people an idea of what the new rates could look like under each scenario.———————Livingston Mayor Pro Tem Gurpal Samra said rate increases weren’t necessary in the past but are critical now to reduce the water fund’s deficit and pay for equipment upgrades to eliminate water contaminants

City of Livingston Seeks New Public Works Director, December 10, 2013, Merced Sun Star/Career Builders – City of Livingston, CA ($7,195 – $8,746 per month) is seeking a full time individual to serve as Director of Public Works. To plan, organize, direct and coordinate the activities of the maintenance and operations areas of the Public Works Dept.; to supervise through subordinates, the maintenance crews engaged in maintenance, construction and repair work on City sewer, water and drainage systems, streets, sidewalks, alleys, parks, and related facilities.

Livingston council delays smoke shops decision, December 2, 2013, Ramona Giwargis, Merced Star -  The City Council took action to block two smoke shops from opening in downtown Livingston by placing a 45-day hold on issuing their business licenses during a closed-session meeting last month…The council voted 4-1 in favor of placing the 45-day moratorium, with Councilman David Mendoza voting against the item. City leaders say the 45 days will give staff time to review the city’s ordinance dealing with smoke shops and clarify its policies on where such businesses can be located

Livingston police receive $45,000 for traffic safety program, November 21, 2013, Merced Sun Star Staff – The Livingston Police Department announced Thursday it has received a $45,000 grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety to help reduce deaths and injuries on city roadways…Funding for the year-long program comes from the state traffic safety office through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Accounting, vandalism at center of Livingston Council meeting, November 20, 2013, Ramona Giwargis, Merced Sun Star –A costly spike in vandalism and an outside audit of the city’s finances were at the center of discussion during a City Council meeting this week…… Livingston began the year with a $1.5 million surplus in its general fund. Several factors, including the $87,000 deficit and a loss of $500,000 in funding from the city’s dissolved redevelopment agency, caused finances to plummet.…After losing that funding, Livingston’s general fund balance stood at $935,000…

Livingston maps out plan to improve its water supply, November 12, 2013, Ramona Giwargis, Merced Sun Star – Once it reduces water contaminants and adds more water capacity using a new well, the city of Livingston will be in good shape with its water supply, city officials said Tuesday…A community meeting Tuesday night provided residents with an update on the city’s efforts to clean its water supply and find ways to meet growing demand. Officials said Tuesday there isn’t a production deficiency because the construction of a new well will add 1,200 gallons per minute of extra water.

Water rate meeting to be held in Livingston, November 11, 2013,  Ramona Giwargis, Merced Sun Star – The city of Livingston will host a utility rates stakeholder meeting today to discuss future water plans, including the removal of contaminants from the city’s water wells…..The City Council last month approved a $1.8 million contract with a Manteca-based company, Conco West, to install a contaminant filtration system in one of its water wells…..The well, located on North Main Street near the Foster Farms facility, was chosen because water drawn from it contains high levels of TCP contamination in groundwater, according to Livingston Mayor Pro Tem Gurpal Samra.

Livingston City Council approves furloughs, other concessions, October 17, 2013, Ramona Giwargis, Merced Sun Star – Employees from the city’s public works and parks department will be furloughed one day each month in an effort to close a $150,000 shortfall in Livingston’s proposed 2013-14 budget.

Foster Farms reaches out to consumers in full-page ads – Tuesday, October 29, 2013, Robert Rodriguez, The Fresno Bee, Foster Farms has placed full-page ads in major newspapers throughout the West and is improving its food safety handling practices as it continues to try to win back consumers

Foster Farms working to win back customers after chicken sales dip amid salmonella outbreak, October 17, 2013, John Holland, Merced Sun Star/Modesto Bee – The salmonella outbreak in Foster Farms chicken has cut sales by 25 percent, company leaders said Thursday while vowing to win back consumers with improved sanitation and other measures that far exceed industry standards. (Note from TheGardeningSnail. This link has either expired, has been moved, or the page taken down.)

Foster Farms aims to step up food safety at Livingston, Fresno plants -Monday, October 14, 2013, John Holland, Modesto Bee – A home cook who wants to prevent salmonella can wash cutting boards, countertops and utensils thoroughly. Foster Farms, which is dealing with a salmonella outbreak at its chicken plants in Livingston and Fresno, has a bigger job ahead

Livingston community reacts to Foster Farms outbreak, October 10, 2013, Ramona Giwargis. Merced Sun Star – Chahal reacted Thursday to news that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has threatened to shut down three Foster Farms chicken plants in the Valley – including Livingston – because of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened an estimated 278 people around the country. (Note from TheGardeningSnail. This link has either expired, has been moved, or the page taken down.)

USDA threatens to close 3 Foster Farms plants in salmonella outbreak – Wednesday, October 9, 2013, Curtis Tate, McClatchy Washington Bureau – The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave a California poultry producer until Thursday to correct problems that led to a salmonella outbreak in 18 states, or be forced to shut down three processing plants

Salmonella cases may be linked to Foster Farms, October 7, 2013,  John Holland, Merced Sun Star/Modesto Bee – A federal agency said Monday that 278 people might have been infected with salmonella from Foster Farms chicken that was undercooked or improperly handled….No recall has been issued, and the Livingston-based company is advising consumers that its products are safe if stored, handled and cooked properly

Livingston gets water project grant amid struggle to pass balanced budgetSeptember 16, 2013, Ramona Giwargis, Merced Sun Star -  The city has been awarded $1.6million in state grant funding for water-related projects, city officials announced Monday. – The funding comes from a Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development, according to officials. – About $1.3million will be used for water and sewer improvements; $93,000 for project planning; and $111,628 for general administration, including the cost of city staff’s time.

Livingston hears art district ideas, September 08, 2013, Thaddeus Miller, Merced Sun Star — A group of planners who have been working with city officials presented the Livingston City Council this week with ideas about how to develop an arts and culture district in town.

Landmark Livingston theater slated for demolition,  August 21, 2013, Ramona Giwargis, Merced Sun Star – A landmark building that stood tall in the heart of downtown Livingston since the 1940s will be torn down, the city council voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday

$47K grant for Livingston police , July 23, 2013, Merced Sun Star – Livingston Police Chief Ruben Chavez this week announced that the Livingston Police Department has been awarded a $47,000 grant from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to battle alcohol-related crimes

Livingston marks Independence Day with lengthy carnival,  July 8, 2013, Thaddeus Miller, Merced Sun Star – The Fourth of July is a day of hot dogs, patriotic music and fireworks for most places, but this city celebrates the country’s independence with a four-day carnival.

Shared Vision: Livingston residents voice ideas to bring new spark to downtown , June 24, 2013, Thaddeus Miller, Merced Sun star – City Manager Jose Ramirez said the city was awarded three grants that are paying for professionals to shape residents’ ideas into a plan. The first two grants, from the California Chapter of New Urbanists and the Local Government Commission, were in effect during the planning this weekend.

City makeover a community effort in Livingston , June 21, 2013, Merced Sun Star Staff – The city of Livingston kicks off a major six-day community effort Thursday to improve the Winton Parkway-Highway 99 Interchange and create a visitor- and shopper-friendly Main Street corridor through downtown. Highlights of the six-day effort will include an all-day "Tactical Urbanism Happening"

Livingston gets planners’ help to redesign itself. Friday, Mar. 29, 2013, By MIKE NORTH, — Erin Simmons, who directs the design teams program for the institute, said that once a group of professionals is selected and arrives in Livingston, there will be a series of meetings with residents and city officials to come up with policy recommendations and design concepts for the city

Livingston OKs garbage rate hike, pending final approval April 2,Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2013  , By MIKE NORTH, The Merced Sun Star, The city chose to move forward Tuesday night with utility-rate increases aimed at relieving a nearly half-million-dollar deficit in the sanitation fund… Several residents spoke during last night’s meeting, many of them expressing concerns over residents who are on fixed incomes and might not be able to afford the rate hike

Livingston set to decide on utility fee hike,Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 , By MIKE NORTH, Merced Sun Star — City leaders will decide tonight whether they want to implement a utility rate increase that’ll help the budget and improve garbage service…The rate increases are aimed at reducing the city’s $482,000 deficit in the sanitation fund, providing a three-month reserve and paying for the services, he said.

Discolored water disrupts production at Foster FarmsFebruary 27, 2013, Mike North, Merced Sun Star – Tainted water disrupted poultry production at Foster Farms last week, and city officials are trying to find out what caused it.

All eyes on sky as Livingston Kite Festival nears, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 , By MIKE NORTH, Merced Sun Star,  In two months, it won’t be an abnormality to see dragons, lizards and snakes flying through the sky over this city.

Livingston utility bill increase could pay for recycling service,  Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2013, By MIKE NORTH, Merced Sun Star, Residents could soon see a slight increase in their utility bills..(City Manager) Ramirez said the increases will help reduce the $392,000 deficit in the sanitation enterprise fund, provide three months of reserve and pay for the services

Livingston garbage rates set to increase,Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013,  Mike North, Merced Sun Star, In a special meeting this week, the Livingston City Council voted 4-1 to start the process to raise garbage rates by approving the Proposition 218 process…notices will be sent to property owners and tenants, who can protest the increases. If more than 50 percent protest, a rate hike would be rejected.

Livingston faces discrimination claim from former development director, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, By MIKE NORTH, Merced Sun Star—The city is facing a potential legal battle from its former community development director, who claims she was laid off because of her race and for refusing to carry out unethical actions on behalf of officials.

Livingston council, mayor are sworn in, Tue, Dec 04, 2012  By MIKE NORTH Merced Sun-Star  — There was a lot of turnover on the dais Tuesday as three new council members were sworn in.      Newcomers Jim Soria, Arturo Sicairos and David Mendoza all won seats during the Nov. 6 election….. Councilman Frank Vierra and Mayor Pro-Tem Margarita Aguilar didn’t run for re-election


Livingston pushes forward with water pipeline replacement – Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 – MIKE NORTH – Merced Sun Star – The city is nearly finished with the second phase of its waterline replacement and officials say drinking water is continually improving. – The city is replacing its water pipes in three phases. The first two phases were aimed at addressing the older, more problematic sections. The cost of the second phase totals about $1.3 million.

Livingston council picks garbage firm -Thursday, Nov. 08, 2012 -MIKE NORTH – Merced Sun Star- The City Council selected a waste hauler to contract with for the next several years and a rate increase could follow.

Livingston OKs work on well -Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 –MIKE NORTH-Merced Sun Star- City Council members took a step toward tackling one of their most problematic wells to improve water quality in Livingston during Tuesday night’s meeting. – Council members voted 4-1 to approve a $220,500 contract with Filtronics Inc. of Anaheim to install new filtration material in well No. 16, which has been plagued by high levels of arsenic in recent years. – The city shut down the well in 2010 because the arsenic removal system the city had in place was exhausted and the treated water started exceeding maximum contaminant levels

Several on ballot for Livingston offices -Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 -MIKE NORTH – Merced Sun Star- There’s a lot at stake this year for city residents as several leadership roles are on the November ballot. – The mayor’s seat, three council spots, the city clerk and treasurer are all up for grabs

Livingston OKs hiring interim planning firm -Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 –MIKE NORTH-Merced Sun Star- City Council members moved forward this month on hiring a firm to provide interim planning services to the city after a decision to get rid of its permanent in-house planner, but some see the move as a step in the wrong direction

Water group meets today in Livingston -Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 – Joshua Emerson Smith – Merced Sun Star – The Merced-area Regional Water Management Group will hold a meeting today from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Livingston City Council Chambers.

Livingston grants licence to boat building firm – Planning Commission gives OK to fitness club, as well – Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2012 – MIKE NORTHThe Planning Commission approved two items during Tuesday night’s meeting that will bring new business to the city…Commissioners approved a business license with a 3-0 vote to allow boat building at 521 Industrial Drive and approved a conditional use permit for a fitness club at 1471 B St., suite D.

Livingston could ban all outdoor marijuana grows – Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2012 –VICTOR A. PATTONMerced Sun Star -Growing marijuana outdoors by those with medical marijuana cards may soon be against the law in Livingston…Livingston Police Chief Ruben Chavez said Tuesday his department and city staff are currently exploring an ordinance that would ban all outdoor marijuana gardens.

All Livingston wells contaminated – Officials say water still safe; city expecting filter soon – Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2012 – MIKE NORTH – Merced Sun Star– Water contamination difficulties are proving to be a widespread problem in Livingston. – A memorandum sent from a consultant to City Engineer Nanda Gottiparthy last week notes that 1,2,3-trichloropropane, a highly toxic chemical that’s made its way into Livingston’s drinking water supply, has been detected in every city well

After four layoffs, Livingston hires public works chief – Tuesday, Sep. 04, 2012 -  MIKE NORTH – Merced Sun Star– Just a couple weeks after approving four controversial layoffs, the City Council approved the hiring of a public works director and plans to maneuver around other empty spots……The three-year employment agreement with Humberto Molina calls for an annual base salary of $86,340 and has a benefits package consistent with other management positions, according to a staff report

Livingston approves four layoffs as part of budget vote – Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 – MIKE NORTH – Merced Sun Star — A handful of employee layoffs were approved Tuesday during the Livingston City Council meeting, as members also passed a final budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year. …Several residents and city officials spoke at the contentious meeting. The City Council chamber was packed with residents and city employees. A mobile billboard outside City Hall read "no police layoffs."

Kaye Greeley: Livingston water still bad – Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, Letter to the Editor – Merced Sun Star –After reading the article "Livingston water project ongoing" (Aug. 3, Page A-1), I was encouraged to see that the present council is attempting to complete the pipeline replacement from three years ago. It will help, but this is just a Band- Aid fix to our more serious water quality problem. Our wells continue to be polluted

Atwater, Livingston candidates gear up for November vote – Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 – MIKE NORTH – Merced Sun StarRaces for local government positions are starting to take shape as time winds down toward the Nov. 6 general election…..Friday was the last day for candidates to file their paperwork to run, said Stacey Cotter, assistant registrar of voters for Merced County. For any office where an incumbent candidate didn’t file to run, the filing window will be extended until 5 p.m. Wednesday

Livingston leaders consider layoffs, City trying to avoid dipping into reserves,Tuesday, Aug. 07, 2012  Mike North, Merced Sun Star– City leaders are facing some tough decisions as they try to balance their 2012-13 fiscal year budget, and layoffs could be in the works…..General fund projections show a $190,000 deficit, and that figure is expected to be largely dealt with this year to prevent future depletion of general fund reserves, which have been exhausted to 30 percent of expenditures from more than 100 percent in 2002

Livingston water project ongoing, Thursday, Aug. 02, 2012, Mike North, Merced Sun Star, The city is underway with phase two of its water pipeline replacement, a step that’s expected to greatly improve water quality for residents.

‘Off the 99:’ Livingston news Monday, July 30, 2012 at This week, Off the 99 is joined by Livingston Councilman Gurpal Samra to recap some recent news from the area, including the city’s budget, water line replacement and a proposed tobacco tax in the city

Livingston man files lawsuit over bar dispute with city, Thursday, Jul. 26, 2012, Mike North, Merced Sun Star — A dispute over the resurrection of a defunct Main Street bar is shaping up to be a legal showdown — and possibly a mayoral showdown in November.

Livingston, police reach agreement on bonus, Thursday, Jul. 26, 2012, Mike North, Merced Sun Star — During a special meeting Thursday, the City Council approved an agreement with the Livingston Police Officer’s Association that allows for a bonus payout for fiscal year 2011-12.

Livingston crunches numbers on funds to stay out of the red – Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2012, Mike North, Merced Sun Star — Shaky water, wastewater and garbage funds have city officials plowing ahead with plans to reverse the downward trend from previous years that left the accounts in the red….

Livingston cancels special meeting, continues negotiations with police officers’ association – Thursday, Jul. 19, 2012, Mike North, Merced Sun Star — City management is negotiating with the Livingston Police Officer’s Association on a bonus payout for fiscal year 2011-12……The city had called for a special meeting Thursday night, but it was canceled because management needs more time to speak with union leaders, said City Manager Jose Antonio Ramirez.

Julio Valadez: Many enjoy festival, Tuesday, Jul. 17, 2012, – The Livingston 4th of July Festival was a huge success. Although the scorching temperatures kept people home during the hottest part of the three-day event, they showed up by the thousands as soon as the sun went down. We estimate that we had over 40,000 people come through the three-day festival and carnival

Livingston’s Fourth of July party just getting started Annual festival set for weekend -Saturday, Jul. 07, 2012 – Mike North, Merced Sun Star — While most cities are winding down and cleaning up after their Independence Day celebrations, Livingston Fourth of July Festival organizers are in the middle of theirs….The festivities kicked off Friday afternoon, and continue today from 3 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 3 to 11 p.m. at Memorial Park….The fireworks show, described by event organizers as the biggest in the Valley, will happen today at dusk. The fireworks, live entertainment and parking are all free.


Livingston City Council considers tobacco ordinance – Estimate $100 per cigarette-selling shop – Thursday, Jul. 05, 2012 – Mike North – Merced Sun star – Businesses may soon have to deal with a new fee if they want to sell tobacco products…During a meeting this week, members of the Livingston City Council shared various opinions on a possible ordinance that would impose a small, annual fee on tobacco-selling shops, which some say could total about $100. The city estimates it would raise more than $1,000 a year if the fee was approved…The proposal will be brought back as an action item on a future agenda.


Legal fight on way over Livingston bar plan? Trying to improve core of Livingston, businessman say – Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2012 – Mike North, Merced Sun Star — Bringing a bar downtown is proving to be difficult, and a legal battle could be brewing…..Mike Sperry Jr., who owns the 3rd Street Armory Co. gun shop in Livingston, is behind the effort to bring a bar back to 444 Main St. — the building that used to house the Tequila Club, but has been vacant for years…..In January, the Livingston Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for the site that would have allowed the establishment to sell alcohol by the glass.


Livingston public works chief quits – Job with Gustine a ‘sudden’ shift, Wednesday, May. 09, 2012, Mike North, Merced Sun Star — A city that’s trying to clean up its water system lost a central part of the effort this week…….Kathryn Reyes, formerly the public works superintendent for Livingston, took the job of public works director in Gustine and worked her first day there Monday.


Livingston sets sights on water quality, Monday, Apr. 23, 2012, Mike North, Merced Sun Star — A city infamous for its brown, rancid tap water is in the midst of improving the quality by replacing decades-old pipelines that deliver water from city wells to residential, commercial and industrial users.


Livingston selects rate hike consultant, Firm replaces one fired by the city, Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2012, Mike North, Merced Sun Star — City leaders are pushing through with efforts to revisit utility rates, and they have a new consultant on board after the previous one was fired late last year…….A consultant’s study is required before the city can move forward with any possible increase in water, waste-water or garbage rates. The study would analyze city finances and make recommendations on those rates.


‘Off the 99’ podcast: A look at Livingston, Friday, Apr. 06, 2012, This week, "Off the 99" sits down with Livingston Councilman Gurpal Samra to talk about several recent topics, including a bar that was banned from moving into the downtown area, the city’s new police chief and a soon-to-be-constructed affordable housing development……


Livingston denies permit for new bar, Tuesday, Apr. 03, 2012, Merced Sun Star — During Tuesday night’s meeting, the Livingston City Council voted 4-0 to approve an administrative appeal and revoke a conditional use permit that would have allowed a bar to move into a vacant building at 444 Main St. Mayor Pro Tem Margarita Aguilar was absent.…..The conditional use permit was previously approved by the city’s planning commission, but was appealed by Mayor Rodrigo Espinoza. The permit would have allowed the establishment to sell alcohol by the glass.


Livingston City Council to revisit controversial bar proposal, Monday, Apr. 02, 2012, Mike North, Merced Sun Star — An attempt to reopen a shuttered bar on Main Street is being met with resistance from the City Council


Low-income housing project moves ahead on 4-1 Livingston vote, Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2012, Mike North, Merced Sun Star — City officials are moving forward with a new affordable-housing development for Livingston — a project already met with several concerns…The plan was revisited during Tuesday night’s council meeting, at which council members voted 4 to 1 to approve the site plan and a development agreement for the project


Livingston, Gustine move toward dispatch deal, Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2012, Merced Sun Star — The City Council approved an agreement during Tuesday night’s meeting that will allow the police department to provide dispatch services to Gustine in exchange for a yearly fee…The five-year contract between Gustine and Livingston will start July 1 and end June 30, 2017, barring any revisions.


Livingston swears in new chief of police – Tuesday, Mar. 06, 2012, Mike North — A large crowd of law enforcement officials from across the county were on hand this morning to watch the swearing in of Livingston’s new police chief, Ruben Chavez…The Livingston City Council unanimously approved an employment agreement with 51-year-old Chavez during a meeting last month. Local leaders expect him to be a good fit in the position, considering the rigorous interview process he went through with both law enforcement officials and citizens


New dispatch contract with Livingston could save Gustine money, Monday, Mar. 05, 2012, Mike North – A new dispatch services agreement that would benefit two Merced County cities might be put in place soon…The Livingston City Council will consider approving a contract during tonight’s meeting that would shift Gustine’s dispatch services to Livingston from Turlock…Records show the move would bring revenue into Livingston while saving Gustine money.


Livingston store owner waits for approval to sell guns, Friday, Mar. 02, 2012, Mike North– A local businessman is shooting to expand his shop in Livingston to sell guns but still has some work left before he gets approval…Mike Sperry Jr., owner of the 3rd Street Armory Co. in Livingston, had his business license signed off by the city manager Jan. 6 and has been selling just shooting accessories in his shop at 737 Main St.


Halal meat shop blooms inside Livingston gas station Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, Ameera ButtIf you’re stopping off for fuel or junk food at the All Star Food and Gas station on Crowell Street in Livingston, why not grab a hunk of freshly butchered lamb, goat or beef for dinner?…Schawali Mayar, who’s originally from Afghanistan, stood in front of the meat counter that showcased beef testicles and livers, goat livers, ground meat and other cuts of meat Wednesday and explained how a halal meat shop came to bloom inside a gas station.


Livingston City Council working on code of conduct, Ethics scandals prompt rules on how to behave. , Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, Mike North — In a community where ethics haven’t always been at the forefront in City Hall, they’re working on a new tool to help both employees and elected officials stay on a virtuous path…..During Tuesday night’s meeting, the Livingston City Council discussed a personal code of conduct and ethics for city staff, elected officials and volunteers, but decided to send it back to staff to refine how it is worded.


Merced County Farm Bureau questions Livingston annexation, Wednesday, Feb. 08, 2012, Joshua Emerson Smith – After an effort by Livingston city officials to fast-track a land annexation, legal questions raised by the Merced County Farm Bureau may have slowed the process aimed at industrial development…."We just want to make sure we look at everybody’s concerns and make sure they’re addressed," said Gurpal Samra, Livingston city councilman. "There are questions that were posed to us, documents that were brought to us from the farm bureau and others."


Livingston hires San Jose lieutenant as police chief, Wednesday, Feb. 08, 2012, Mike North – With a new police chief in place, Livingston officials expect their community’s public safety to benefit from a man who spent several years working in law enforcement in the Bay Area…On a unanimous vote, the City Council approved an employment agreement with Ruben Chavez, who worked as a lieutenant with the San Jose Police Department before working as a lieutenant at the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District Police Department


Livingston City Council to consider new police chiefMonday, Feb. 06, 2012, Merced Sun Star – After more than a year of having a vacant chief of police position, the Livingston City Council will have the opportunity to approve an employment agreement with a new chief during Tuesday’s meeting..The possible three-year agreement will be with Ruben Chavez, who worked as a Lieutenant with the San Jose Police Department before working as a Lieutenant at the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District Police Department.


Off the 99: A land grab in Livingston? Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 — The Livingston City council is in the process of a possible annexation of 340 acres owned by the Gallo Family. Proponents think the plan could bring much-needed jobs to the area when it develops, but critics think traffic congestion and the cost of providing services could be a detriment to the city.


Livingston to move on Gallo land deal – Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 – Joshua Emerson Smith — Despite concerns from the community, the Livingston City Council moved forward Tuesday with a plan to bring more than 340 acres owned by the Gallo family into the city…Proponents of the plan say the move sets the stage for development that will bring jobs. Critics argue the cost of providing those services could outweigh the benefits.


Livingston Taco Bell site OK’d, but worries over Winton Way traffic remain – Thursday, Jan. 05, 2012- MIKE NORTH — While officials expect the city’s latest fast food addition to bring more revenue and jobs, some worry that the site will amplify a worsening traffic problem in the area…..The City Council passed an item during Tuesday’s meeting conditionally approving the site plan and design review for a Taco Bell restaurant poised to open on a currently vacant lot at 339 Joseph Gallo Drive.


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