April 2017 Medina Report
A NOTE FROM JOSE
Last month, we celebrated Match Day for the first graduating class from the University of Riverside Medical School. We also honored the inspiring women of the 61st Assembly District for our Women’s History Month celebration.
Recently, I co-hosted an Inland Empire Town Hall with Attorney General Xavier Becerra and other Legislators from our area. I had hoped for an open and frank conversation about policies. Unfortunately, raucous protests disrupted the event. It was unfortunate because regardless of one’s political stance, we all have to listen to each other. And it’s incredibly important to disagree without being disagreeable to move forward.
As always, if you have comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office. It is a privilege to be your representative for the 61st Assembly District.
Assemblymember, 61st District
IN THIS ISSUE
- National Crime Victims' Rights Week
- Earth Day Anniversary
- Worker’s Memorial Day
- Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
- The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarship Program
- Community Calendar of Events
- Capitol Congrats
- Team Medina in Action
- Legislative Highlight – What’s in a Name?
Every year, millions of lives are changed by crime. They are our families, neighbors, friends, and colleagues. Many will have life-changing injuries or need ongoing care and support. April 10 through April 16 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week this year.
Early intervention and victim services are important for establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope and recovery.
On April 1, there will be a Public Safety Expo in Moreno Valley featuring leading public safety agencies that provide services to the people of Moreno Valley. Moreno Valley's finest police officers and firefighters will be there with police dogs, fire engines, and the Jaws of Life to show you how they keep Moreno Valley safe.
Please visit the Community Calendar to find out more.
On April 22, people worldwide will celebrate the 46th anniversary of Earth Day by giving back to their communities.
Here in California, clean energy jobs are growing across the state, and the protection of California’s natural resources helps stimulate our economy, especially for industries relating to tourism, fishing, and new technologies. All of this enhances our quality of life. Even though California has been a leader in environmental conservation, there is always more we can do to preserve the environment for future generations.
As part of this worldwide effort to protect the environment, Team Medina will join the hundreds of volunteers throughout the district on Earth Day to clean and beautify our communities.
Please visit the Community Calendar to find out about Earth Day Events in the district.
On April 28, we remember those that have died in the workplace and recognize the importance of global efforts to improve safety in the workplace. Each year, over 50,000 workers die from health and safety hazards on the job. That’s a total of 150 workers dying each and every day. That number is far too large for a major industrialized nation. A large number of these deaths could have been prevented if federal and state safety laws and regulations were followed. We will continue working on policies to ensure a safe workplace for everyone.
You could get up to $2706 more back in this year's tax return if you qualify for California's Earned Income Tax Credit. In its first year, CalEITC boosted the income of about 385,000 families, who shared almost $200 million from the cash-back credit.
The state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is available to working low-income families and individuals. In addition to the federal EITC, the state EITC will put more money in the pockets of those who need it most.
You must file your taxes to receive the credit. To learn more and find out if you qualify, please contact my office at 951-369-6644.
The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation (CLLCF) is pleased to invite all qualified California residents to apply for a scholarship. This scholarship program was established to assist deserving students by offering financial assistance to help meet educational expenses.
Applications open April 1st and the deadline for all materials is June 1st.
To learn more about eligibility and application materials, please visit: http://www.cllcf.org/scholarship-program
For all Community Events, please contact my office if you have any questions: (951) 369-6644.
- Saturday, April 1 – Moreno Valley Public Safety Expo 2017
This community event features an interactive day with leading public safety agencies that provide services to the people of Moreno Valley. Moreno Valley's finest police officers and firefighters will be there with police dogs, fire engines, and the Jaws of Life to show you how they keep Moreno Valley safe.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Moreno Valley Civic Center
22850 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
- Saturday, April 8 - 16th Annual César E. Chávez 5k Run/Walk
UC Riverside's 16th Annual César E. Chávez 5K Run/Walk was created to celebrate the legacy of César E. Chávez and raise critically needed funds for student scholarships at UCR.
Sign up as an individual or recruit your co-workers or friends and family to join you and participate as a team. Set a fundraising goal and ask your friends and family members to sponsor you in the run/walk.
Registration: 7:30 a.m.
5k Run/Walk: 8:30 a.m.
Kids’ Run: 9:30 a.m.
Community Service Fair: 7:30- 11:00 a.m.
University of California-Riverside
900 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92521
- Saturday, April 8 - 4th Annual Walk to End Homelessness
Join our team for the 4th Annual Walk to End Homelessness in Riverside. The annual walk typically draws more than 300 people who are committed to raising funds to support homeless families, individuals and youth to change their lives and become self-sufficient. This walk brings together non-profit organizations, social services organizations, faith-based institutions and the entire community to raise awareness of programs that help our homeless population.
7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
2601 Fairmount Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92501
Friday, April 21 - 2017 Riverside Area Veterans Expo & Veterans Stand Down
Information will be available on various educational and employment opportunities for military veterans and their dependents and survivors, as well as access to those who assist with VA disability claims. Organizations such as Loma Linda VA Healthcare System, The Salvation Army, local colleges and universities, County of Riverside, the American Red Cross, Workforce Development representatives and many others are expected to participate. We look forward to seeing you!
7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
ARNG Armory & USAR Training Center
March Air Reserve Base
14941 Riverside Dr.
Riverside, CA 92518
- Saturday, April 22 - City of Perris 5th Annual Community Health Fair
The City of Perris is pleased to present its “5th Annual Community Health Fair.” This year, they are partnering again with Perris Elementary School District’s “8th Annual 5k Fun Run” and American Cancer Society’s annual “Relay for Life” events. The Community Health Fair will be open to the public free of charge and will feature free health screenings, fitness demonstrations and activities, healthy food vendors, health and wellness educational materials, entertainment, and a designated kids’ activity corner.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Perris City Hall Campus
101 North D Street
Perris, CA 92570
- Saturday, April 22 – Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup 2017
Earth Day 2017 is an opportunity to do something meaningful for our planet by giving back to the state parks in our communities. Thousands of volunteers will be needed throughout California to assist with projects such as campfire center improvements, habitat restoration, native garden conservation, fence building, trail maintenance and beach cleanup.
Lake Perris State Recreation Area Restoration and Cleanup
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Check In at 8:30 a.m.
Lake Perris State Recreation Area
17801 Lake Perris Dr.Perris, CA 92571
California Citrus State Historic Park Restoration and Cleanup
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Check In at 8:30 a.m.
California Citrus State Park
9400 Dufferin Ave.
Riverside, CA 92504
For a current list of events, please check the events page on my website.
Congrats to Connie Ransom, who was the 2017 Woman of the Year for the 61st Assembly District. Connie has devoted her life to enriching her community through art. That dedication and her work as a co-organizer of the Women’s March in Riverside is why she rightfully deserved this honor. Here honoring Connie on the Assembly Floor is (L to R) Assemblymember Chad Mayes, Assemblymember Jose Medina, Connie Ransom, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.
Congrats to the twenty-three women who have been recognized as the 61st Assembly District Women of Distinction for their extensive community service, leadership, and for inspiring countless others. The 61st Assembly District Women of Distinction 2017: (in alphabetical order): Violeta Aguilar-Wyrick, Chani Beeman, Connie Edwards, Gail Egnes, Darlene Trujillo Elliot, Arlene Jackson, Tamica Smith Jones, Liz Harmer, Eleanor Kalnin, Maribel Mattox, Alma Medina, Nancy Melendez, Donna Doty Michalka, Yuridia Nava, Jessica Oakes, Tanya Price, Marcela Ramirez, Rosa Elena Sahagún, Linda Sherman, Valerie Pellum Titus, Tomma Velez, Dr. Danielle Wheeler, and Dr. Grace Williams. In addition, 2017 Woman of the Year, Connie Ransom, was honored at the event. Please visit my website to learn more about this distinguished group of women.
Congrats to Joseph Ortiz, a partner at Best & Krieger LLP, for his appointment to the California Fair Employment and Housing Council by Governor Brown. The Council handles regulations regarding California’s employment and housing anti-discrimination laws, and holds hearings on civil rights issues. As a trial lawyer and human rights attorney with both state-level and federal experience, Joseph makes a valuable addition to the council.
Congrats to the first graduating class from the University of Riverside Medical School. Here they are at the Mission Inn on Match Day, were students find out their residency placements. I was thrilled to hear that this class had a 100% match, and wish them all the best on the next stages of their training. Photo Credit: Carrie Rosema
All of Team Medina visited local elementary schools to celebrate Read Across America, which celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading aloud to children. Here Field Representative Tiffany Tran reads “Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good You” to students at Harrison Elementary School in Riverside.
Team Medina had a fantastic visit to the California School for the Deaf, Riverside on STEM Day. Here District Director Jorrel Verella and Senior Field Representative Carmen Cuevas meet with representatives from NASA and California School for the Deaf, Riverside students.
A name is intimately tied to history, family, tradition, and ultimately, identity. It is important that vital documents accurately reflect a person’s name. I introduced AB 82 to reauthorize the use of diacritical marks (like the é in José) on vital records, such as birth certificates, just like California used to before 1986.
The passage of Proposition 63 in 1986 declared English as the official language of the State of California. Consequently, diacritical marks were not permitted in state records. AB 82 will allow the use of diacritical marks, such as accents, tildes, and umlauts, on vital records, including birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage licenses. Not all states omit diacritical marks in their records, and as a state that prides itself on its inclusiveness and diversity, I hope California will provide this fundamental right to its residents.
AB 82 recently passed the Assembly Committee with bipartisan support. Please check out the video to learn more about this policy.