January 2018 Medina Messenger
Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday spent with family and loved ones. The month of January brings a fresh start with new beginnings and opportunities. This year I will continue to work hard to promote policies that support our community in the 61st Assembly District and Californians across the state. It is a privilege to be your representative and I look forward to working with you in the year ahead.
Sending you my best wishes for a joyful, prosperous, and healthy 2018!
Assemblymember, 61st District
IN THIS ISSUE
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- World Religion Day
- Nominate a Woman of Distinction
- Cash for College Workshops
- Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship
- Upcoming Events
- Team Medina in Action
On the third Monday of each January, we honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and remember his legacy as an advocate for civil rights. Dr. King was a leader of nonviolent activism that led the charge to fight racial discrimination and champion equal rights under state and federal laws. As Americans, we must continue to uplift his vision of America and advocate for the rights of our neighbors and those less fortunate than us.
On this day, I encourage you to give back to the community through a small act of service to honor Dr. King’s memory. For opportunities to volunteer in the district, please contact my office at (951) 369-6644.
WORLD RELIGION DAY
We observe World Religion Day on January 21 to celebrate the diversity and cultures of hundreds of religions across the globe. World Religion Day’s aim is to build understanding and help us to find unity in our different beliefs and traditions, fostering peaceful coexistence. The more we take time to understand each other, the more harmony we breed in our community.
NOMINATE A WOMAN OF DISTINCTION
My office is seeking nominations for the "2018 Women of Distinction" recognition ceremony. I would like your help in identifying exceptional women from our district. The ceremony will take place in March, commonly recognized as "Women's History Month."
I respectfully ask you to take the time to nominate an exceptional woman who lives or works within the 61st Assembly District; someone who has made a significant contribution to our community or has made a meaningful impact on your life.
The deadline to make a nomination is January 15. To submit your nomination, please click here.
CASH FOR COLLEGE WORKSHOPS
Do you want to go to college but are concerned about the cost? Be sure to apply for financial aid by the March 2 deadline! Attend a Cash for College Workshop for FREE assistance in filling out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), California Dream Act Application, or Chafee Grant Application to access thousands of dollars in financial aid resources. Below are upcoming workshops happening near you:
- January 11 at 5:30 p.m. – Arlington High School, 2951 Jackson Street, Riverside
- January 18 at 4 p.m. – Rancho Verde, 17750 Lasselle St, Moreno Valley
- January 23 at 5 p.m. – Educational Options Center, 6401 Lincoln Avenue, Riverside
- February 3 at 9 a.m. – Arlington High School, 2951 Jackson Street, Riverside
- February 6 at 4 p.m. – Rancho Verde, 17750 Lasselle St, Moreno Valley
- February 28 at 5:30 p.m. – John W. North High School, 1550 Third Street, Riverside
For more information about Cash for College or financial aid resources, click here.
JESSE M. UNRUH ASSEMBLY FELLOWSHIP
The California State Assembly Fellowship Program, founded in 1957, is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious legislative fellowship programs. This unique program provides an opportunity for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to directly participate in the legislative process. Each year, 18 individuals are selected to participate in the program. The 11-month fellowship provides an introduction to public policy formation and adoption in the California Legislature through full-time work as a professional legislative staff member.
Assembly fellows receive fully-paid enrollment at California State University, Sacramento, and earn graduate units for seminars taught by faculty from the Sacramento State Political Science Department.
The deadline to apply is Monday, February 12 at 5 p.m. To learn more, click here.
UPCOMING DISTRICT EVENTS
For questions about community events, please contact my office at: (951) 369-6644.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Walk
7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Bordwell Park-Stratton Community Center
2008 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Join us for the 25th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Walk-A-Thon! There will be a short program, booths, entertainment, performances and a contest for the organization with the most number of walkers. Proceeds from the Walk-A-Thon will benefit the Riverside African American Historical Society to support the Civil Rights Institute, Clarke & Grier College scholarships, and for the maintenance and upkeep of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue.
To learn more about the MLK Walk, click here.
TEAM MEDINA IN ACTION
Joint Hearing on Teacher Credentialing
California’s teacher shortage is a critical issue across the state. On December 5, Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell and I hosted a joint hearing on the credentialing shortfall to identify potential long-term solutions.
Left to Right: Vanessa Sheared, Ed.D., Dean, Benerd School of Education, University of the Pacific, Assemblymember Jose Medina, and Andrew F. Wall, Ph.D., Dean, School of Education, University of the Redlands
SunSpark Technology Inc. Tour
I had a great time visiting SunSpark Technology Inc. with Senator Richard Roth last month. We learned more about the great work happening in our community to move us towards an emissions-free future.
Left to Right: Assemblymember Jose Medina, Letty Zuniga, Regional Business Development Manager, Sunny Gie Zang, Owner, and Senator Richard Roth
California Association of Bilingual Educators (CABE), Chapter 6’s “Winter Wonderland” Dinner
I was honored to speak at the CABE Chapter 6’s “Winter Wonderland” Dinner. It was exciting for me to reconnect with CABE, as I was a member when I was a teacher in Riverside in the 1970’s.
Pictured from left to right: Patricia Lock Dawson, District Office Staff & President, Riverside Unified School District Board, Dr. Martinrex Kedziora, Superintendent of Moreno Valley Unified School District, Lilia Villa, Director of EL Programs, Moreno Valley Unified School District, Assemblymember. Jose Medina, and Maribel Mattox, Chief Academic Officer, Moreno Valley Unified School District
Holiday Open House
On December 15, I hosted a Holiday Open House and Book Drive at Zacatecas Café to celebrate the holiday season. It was wonderful to have so many friendly faces from the community come join us for a night of giving, fun, and great food!
Delegation to Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico
Towards the end of December, I had the opportunity to travel to Guadalajara, Mexico with Assemblymember Rudy Salas to meet with Mexican officials regarding California-Mexico Bi-National Affairs. During the trip we visited the University of Guadalajara, met with the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, the Ministry of Rural Development, and the Office of the Governor. We learned about many of the initiatives Mexico is leading to improve innovation and how California can be a partner in its growth.
Pictured on the Left: Miguel Ángel Sigala Gómez, Program Coordinator, University of Guadalajara, Mtra. Erika Alejándra Gonzalez de León, Jefe de Unidad de Fomento a La Internacionalización, University of Guadalajara, Kierra Paul, Team Medina Staff, Assemblymember Jose Medina, and Dr. Carlos Iván Moreno, Coordinador General, University of Guadalajara
Pictured on the Right: Assemblymember Rudy Salas and I touring Edificio MIND, an innovation and technology center in Jalisco.
Pictured on the Left: Rodrigo Aguilar Benignos, International Adviser to the Government of Jalisco, Assemblymember Jose Medina, Wendy Sanabria Palazuelos, Director of International Affairs, Mariana Sophia Márquez Laureano, General Director of the Jalisco Institute for Migrants, Assemblymember Rudy Salas, and Kierra Paul, Team Medina Staff