MERCED COUNCIL DENIES BLM DOWNTOWN MURAL

MERCED COUNCIL DENIES BLM DOWNTOWN MURAL
EMOTIONS RUN HIGH IN PROPOSAL

After an impassioned dialogue over a proposed “Black Lives Matter” mural in downtown Merced,

The City Council decided late Monday night the project was too politically charged for the city.

The council voted 5-2, with the majority voting against moving forward with the proposed mural.

Council members Anthony Martinez and Jill McLeod cast the lone votes in support of establishing the street mural.

Imagined as a 400 foot-long mural, it would have displayed the words “Black Lives Matter” in large yellow letters.

The Merced Arts and Culture Advisory Commission recently recommended the proposal to City Council after the idea was presented by the NAACP’s Merced chapter,

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, WeCed and United Way of Merced County.

MERCED COUNCIL DENIES BLM DOWNTOWN MURAL

The United Way applied for a permit to paint the street mural in an area near Canal and 16th streets.

The mural would have been privately funded and volunteer-driven, with no cost incurred by the city for its development or maintenance.

But in the weeks since the proposal was first introduced at the Aug. 3 Merced City Council meeting,

Residents on both sides of the debate made their voices heard on the matter.

A notable 82 voicemails and 115 emails were submitted prior to the public comment deadline for Monday’s remote meeting.

Mayor Mike Murphy noted the messages contained a “tremendous” level of opposition to the project.

DAWG SAYS: FIRST THING I NOTICED IS THAT UNITED WAY MADE THAT APPLICATION.

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SECOND THING IS,

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1 Comment

  1. United Way-no way. When I worked in a hospital in Southern California, they tried to get everyone to pledge to the United Way. My boss told us, if we signed up to support United Way, he would fire us. Money does not go where it should go.

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