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Black Republican opponent expected to defeat Stockton’s popular Democratic Mayor Michael Tubbs

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Posted: November 17, 2020 • Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media

In 2012, Stockton, California, elected 22-year-old Michael Tubbs to his hometown’s city council.


From that celebrated victory to his 2017 rise to mayor of the Central Valley city, media pundits and Democratic Party insiders have hailed Tubbs, calling him one of the Democratic Party’s rising stars.

Tubbs’s future as a force in the Democratic party still remains almost certain, but on Nov. 3, the 30-year-old Stanford grad suffered an unexpected blow. As of Friday, Nov. 13, Tubbs was trailing Republican challenger Kevin Lincoln in his reelection

bid. Lincoln, who has never held political office, was leading Tubbs by almost 4,000 votes. Lincoln currently has 43,751 votes (55.05%) to Tubbs’s 35,724 votes (44.95%), with more ballots to be counted.

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Kevin Lincoln (left) Mayor Michael Tubbs (right)

UC Merced, Merced College unveil new transfer pipeline for local Students

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November 13, 2020 • By James Leonard, UC Merced

UC Merced and Merced College are teaming up to make it easier than ever for local students to matriculate through community college and earn bachelor’s degrees from the most respected public university system in the world, all without ever having to leave their hometown.


UC Merced Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz and Merced College President Chris Vitelli signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining the Merced Promise, a robust new transfer pipeline program. The MOU signing took place during a ceremony on the UC Merced campus — complete with physical distancing, masks and other measures to protect against COVID-19.

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Two MacArthur Foundation Chairs awarded to

female SSHA Faculty

Posted: November 17, 2020 • By Elizabeth Arakelian, UC Merced



Two female faculty members of UC Merced’s School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) have been named the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation chairs, making four prestigious chairs in the campus’ 15-year history.


Professors Nancy Burke and Whitney Pirtle have been recognized as the two newest MacArthur Foundation chairs for their work in public health and sociology, respectively.


The MacArthur chair was established to support research, teaching and service in the areas of international justice and human rights. Traditionally, faculty members are nominated by their dean and undergo an interview process that culminates in the final approval of the awardees by the Committee on Academic Personnel.


“This is a tremendous honor for Professor Pirtle and Professor Burke and a testament to the important work they do,” SSHA Dean Jeffrey Gilger said. “Our SSHA faculty’s research contributes to many important topics of our time, from racism to public health, both of which are of particular importance right now. It’s wonderful to see professors Burke and Pirtle being credited for their contributions.”

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MCOE works to help keep schools running, staff and students safe

Posted:November 19, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic that has thrust itself upon Merced County’s schools last spring is something Eva Chavez never expected and something she said has tested her mettle going forward.


But it’s truly something that has made school employees more resilient, she believes. Chavez is deputy superintendent of the Merced County Office of Education in charge of human relations functions. The county schools office has 1,300 employees, about 900 of them full-time.

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