Monday, October 25, 2010

Start em' off right!

While watching the news tonight I was completely overwhelmed with happiness, rare for the news I know.  As I was watching the news I heard a story of a school in Fresno that started a program called Student Valets.  After listening to what it was all about, I was completely empowered.  Student Valets is where a student greets a car in front of the school and helps the children get out of the car so it is safer and a more pleasant drop off experience for the child as well as the parent.  What a novel idea, have children help other children start their day off right.  The kids on TV were so polite and courteous.  It truly was moving to watch.  I firmly believe Merced schools need to look in to this program.  If we start children out at a young age to be polite and kind to others, maybe it will carry on through their whole life.  It is incredible how a simple smile in the morning can change the whole course of a persons day.  Merced schools can definitely learn from this program in Fresno.  It is important to give children useful tools at a young age that they can take with them as they grow older.  I believe that the younger the child is the less they will resist words of wisdom.  Yes, this program make take work however I truly believe it would be beneficial.  It is time to start adding positive to our everyday lives. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Positive or Negative?

When you wake up in the morning is your attitude positive or negative?  A few mornings ago I woke up with a fire in my soul that I hadn't felt for a long time.  I am inspired for so many different reasons its truly incredible.  One of my biggest motivations is Merced.  I see potential in this city that a lot of others do not.  Merced is not a bad place at all.  It took me going away to realize that.  Where else can you drive from the city to the country in less than 5 minutes? I mean when you think about it, that is a huge attraction right there.  We are the gateway to Yosemite for a reason.  Merced is the heart of the Central Valley, we can drive two hours and be in San Francisco, Monterey, or Yosemite.  We now have a University which is a huge draw for investors and students.  It is time we start embracing all the positive and stop focusing on the negative.  If the residents of Merced have a depressing attitude toward our community how will we expect our visitors to have a positive one.  I am starting a challenge, next time someone asks you how you like Merced, do not answer with a negative response, answer with a postivie one.  This city can not be changed by just one person, it will many if not all of us to turn this city around.  We need to prove to the newspaper and to all the morning talk shows that we are not one of the worst places to live.  Merced has opportunity, and that is something that no negative attitude can take away. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Farmer's Market at the Promenade? Yes, Please!

This morning just like every Wednesday morning I made it to the Farmer's Market located in the Promenade.  Another great event happening right in Merced. I personally look forward to every Wednesday just for this reason alone.  Right after class I stop by and fill up on my fruits and veggies for the week.  You can find anything from peaches to green beans and they are all fresh!  This is an incredible way to boost our local economy.  All of the vendors are from Merced or close surrounding areas.  It is important we remember our local growers.  They struggle just as bad, if not worse, just like the rest of us.  Not only is it good to help them out, but its comforting knowing exactly where the produce you're buying is from.  I have met some of the sweetest vendors at this farmers market, and I will continue to support them.  You should too!!!! Now I'm off to go eat one of my fresh peaches I bought this morning. God Bless!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Merced Junior College

As I was sitting in class the other day, I could not help but let my mind wander, I know not so great from my grade, but great for my blog.  I sat there and could not believe I did not see all the positive things about Merced College before.  Merced College is located on a prime piece of land.  Considering the whole city is eventually going to be growing toward the UC campus, that would put Merced Junior College in the heart of the city.  There are apartments directly across the street from the school, where kids and can live and are in close proximity.  Raley's and Millennium Sports Club are also within a quarter mile of the school.  I never truly realized how convenient this college was.  Not only does it give Merced residents a place that is close to home to learn, but it also gives people from outside our community a great place to earn an education.  The college has a brand new Allied Health building, a new library, and a recently updated Lesher building where the administrative offices are located.  I think most people take for granted the fact we have a community college, there are many cities in California who are not so lucky.  This college offers many transferable classes to CSU's and UC's.  It is a great asset to our community and this is another one of the many reasons Merced is a growing city.  The potential for attracting more college students between the UC and the Community College are incredible.  People just need to give it a chance.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A GREAT Place to Invest!

A couple of days ago I had the pleasure of sitting down with a good friend of mine, Ed Walters.  Ed is the Branch Manager for Guild Mortgage Company here in Merced.  I was very interested to hear how the lending industry is doing right now.  I have known Ed for quite a few years and always enjoy talking to him.  He and I share the same ideas and goals for turning Merced into the fantastic city it has the potential to be.  As of 9:15am on 9/20/2010 the interest rates were incredibly low.  For a FHA 30 year fixed rate loan the interest rate was 4.5%, for a Conventional 30 year fixed rate loan the rate was 4.375%. However this is what truly grabbed my attention for a Conventional 15 year fixed rate loan the rate was 3.875%. With interest rates like these why would anyone not want to buy a home right now?  Although the process of getting a loan is much harder than it was 5 years ago, it is for the best.  The main requirements for getting a loan are income, you must have an income, you can not have an excessive amount of debt and you must have some savings or assets. This is the way lending should have been all along, but when houses were selling at a rapid pace, this was not the case.  I was so uplifted to hear Ed reiterate his passion to see this city grow.  We have the cheap land and space to have major companies come in and build. It seems to only be a matter of approving these plans of expansion.  I am happy Ed stands behind me in my mission to turn this town around.  If you have any questions regarding the process of getting a loan or would like to know the current interest rates, please contact Ed Walters, (209) 384-4480 or by email

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Mercy Medical Center

Today was a great day to appreciate everything Merced has to offer. The sun was bright and the weather just right.  As I drove through town I could not help but notice the new Mercy Medical Center in all its glory.  I had to pull over and take a photo.  This is one of the many positive steps Merced has added to becoming a thriving city.  Not only do we have a state of the art technologically advanced hospital, but look at it, its gorgeous! The hospital is located in north Merced and just minutes from the University and the Junior College.  It truly is a site that can be seen for miles. I am so excited to see all the positive assets this new hospital will bring.  Whether it be new doctors, nurses, therapists or administrative staff, those are more people that will be moving to Merced. Hopefully these new residents will shop in our stores and buy our Real Estate. It is never to late to start turning a community around, and I think this hospital will definitely contribute to doing just that. Only time will tell! God Bless!

Friday, September 10, 2010


Hi everyone,
I have been meaning to attempt blogging for a few years now. It seems like now is the best time to start. Merced has been through highs and lows. Anyone who watched the news over the last 3 years knows exactly what I'm talking about... When will it end? I say the time is now! It is time to start making changes that have positive effects on our community. Our town has the potential to become a thriving city, and all it needs are the right people with the right connections. This blog is hopefully going to attract those people. I have lived in Merced my whole life and its time others start taking pride in Merced like I do. We can do this! Anyone with POSITIVE suggestions feel free to leave comments. Until next time.. GO BOBCATS!