July 2017 Medina Messenger

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 00:00

Dear Friend,

July is an important month in American history. We celebrate our county’s independence on July 4, when thirteen colonies declared themselves a nation.  Almost two hundred years later, on July 2 1964, the Civil Rights Act was enacted, outlawing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  And yet another step forward was taken on July 26, 1990 with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which protected the rights of millions of Americans with physical and mental disabilities.

While we celebrate the landmark steps our country has taken in the past, I hope they remind us of how much we have yet to do. 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.

Sincerely,

Signature

Jose Medina
Assemblymember, 61st District


IN THIS ISSUE


AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) ANNIVERSARY

July 26 marks the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The landmark federal legislation was enacted to protect the civil rights of more than 70 million Americans with physical and mental disabilities.

California was one of the first states proud to play a critical role toward a future in which all the doors are open to equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, integration and economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities.

In honor of the 26th anniversary of the ADA, I am hosting a free district workshop to help small business owners stay ADA compliant and improve access for everyone. Please see the events section to learn more.

 

 

 

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STATE PARKS MONTH

Why not visit the great beauty of the natural resources in the public parks right here in California? California’s State Parks system holds the largest and most diverse examples of natural and cultural heritage of any state agency in the country. Over 70 million people annually visit such California treasures as the redwood forests, wildlife reserves, reservoirs, state parks, state beaches, and recreation and wilderness areas. California State Parks total nearly 1.6 million acres, with over 339 miles of coastline, 975 miles of lake and river frontage, nearly 15,000 campsites and over 4,456 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Visitors can enjoy the diversity of the natural resources and cultural treasures in California’s state parks, which will be preserved and protected for future generations.

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GABRIEL ACOSTA MEMORIAL JOURNALISM AND COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOP

The Journalism and Communications Workshop is designed for high school and community college students interested in communications. Participants will learn fundamental communications and critical thinking skills to prepare them for advance study or careers in media. The workshop encourages involvement by providing knowledge and perspective on a variety of topics including: Photography/ videography, business and professional communication, editing, public speaking, journalism, media literacies, television, social media and radio news.

For more information and to register, click here.

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YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE

A great way for our youth to make real change in their communities is to get involved and make their voices heard. Assemblymember Jose Medina seeks bright, self-motivated, energetic high school juniors to serve on the Youth Advisory Committee.

The Youth Advisory Committee gives students the opportunity to learn the inner workings of state government and the legislative process. Youth Advisory Committee members will meet on a monthly basis to discuss issues important to their communities and share ideas on youth related issues. Students will get the opportunity to travel to the California State Capitol in Sacramento, visit Assemblymember Medina and tour the historic Capitol building!

Please click here to access the 2017-2018 School Year application, which is due August 23.

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CORINTHIAN COLLEGES LOAN CANCELLATIONS

The state of California, through the attorney general’s office, is seeking to notify thousands of California residents who attended schools operated by Corinthian Colleges that they may be eligible to have their federal student loans cancelled.  It is estimated 38,000 Californians are eligible to have their loans discharged.

Corinthian-operated colleges include Everest Institute, Everest College, Everest University, Heald College, and Wyotech.

Please click here for more information or call my office (951) 369-6644.

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For all Community Events, please contact my office if you have any questions: (951) 369-6644.

Tuesday, July 18  – GO-Biz California Competes Tax Credit Presentation

Since Governor Brown created the California Competes Tax Credit Program in 2014, almost 700 California business owners have claimed $492.5 million in tax credits and plan on creating over 70,000 jobs.  At this event, join senior officials from the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) for a free one hour business development presentation in your area and get customized guidance on how to apply for this tax credit program. The next application period begins July 24, 2017.

There will be workshops held in Moreno Valley and Riverside

10:30  – 11:30 a.m.
Moreno Valley City Hall, Council Chambers

14177 Frederick St.
Moreno Valley, CA 92552

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
City of Riverside, Council Chambers

3900 Main St.
Riverside, CA 92552

Friday, July 21  – Americans with Disabilities Act Small Business Workshop

Join me and the California Civil Justice Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching small business owners how to avoid lawsuits while remaining compliant with federal and state disability access laws, for a free 90 minute workshop on how to make your business ADA compliant and improve access for everyone.

9– 10:30 a.m.
Riverside Art Museum (RAM)

Art Alliance Gallery
3425 Mission inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501

Tuesday, August 1  – Perris Pancake Breakfast with CalFresh

CalFresh (federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) is a federally mandated, state-supervised, and county-operated program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need. If you are finding it difficult to afford the nutritious food that you and your family needs, the CalFresh Program may be able to help you. Come enjoy a pancake breakfast and receive important information on how to apply for the CalFresh food program. Join the discussion on local and legislative issues affecting the community.

9:30– 11 a.m.
Perris Senior Center

100 N. D St.
Perris, CA 92570

August 2 - 2nd Annual Moreno Valley Unified School District Health & Resource Fair

This FREE event is designed ensure that families have the opportunity to receive essential resources, such as shoes and school supplies, to support kids in school. Along with a backpack giveaway, this event will also include complimentary haircut and immunization services.

9:30 - 2 p.m. at Moreno Valley Conference Center

Moreno Valley Conference Center
14075 Frederick Street
Moreno Valley, CA

Thursday, August 3  – Moreno Valley Pancake Breakfast with CalFresh

CalFresh (federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) is a federally mandated, state-supervised, and county-operated program that provides monthly food benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need. If you are finding it difficult to afford the nutritious food that you and your family needs, the CalFresh Program may be able to help you. Come enjoy a pancake breakfast and receive important information on how to apply for the CalFresh food program. Join the discussion on local and legislative issues affecting the community.

9:30– 11 a.m.
Moreno Valley Senior Center

25075 Fir Ave.
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

For a current list of events, please check the events page on my website.

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CAPITOL CONGRATS!

The Group

Congratulations to The Group, which I was delighted to honor on the Assembly Floor as the 61st District Nonprofit of the Year. The Group provides an important forum for the community to engage in issues affecting Riverside, with a focus on the African American community.    From LtoR: Rose Mayes, Co-Chair; Katie Greene, Issues and Action Chair; Jennifer Vaughn-Blakely, Chair; Lolita Barnard, Secretary.

Youth Advisory Committee

It was my pleasure to host and recognize the talented students of the Youth Advisory Committee on the Assembly floor. These students meet to discuss issues important to their communities and share ideas on youth related issues.

Mr. Patrick Lavin

Congratulations to Mr. Patrick Lavin, a Vietnam-era veteran of the United States Marine Corps, who was the 2017 Veteran of the Year for the 61st Assembly District. Pat served his country honorably and continues to dedicate his time and considerable expertise to our community in many ways. I am proud to honor him as Veteran of the Year. From LtoR: Lieutenant Colonel (U.S. Army, Ret.) Pete Conaty, Assemblymember Jose Medina, Veteran of the Year Mr. Patrick Lavin, and Senior Advisor to the Secretary, US Department of Veterans Affairs Darin Selnick.

 

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TEAM MEDINA IN ACTION

Dr. Michael Poe

Team Medina attended the Family Service Association event honoring Dr. Michael Roe, Principal of Riverside Polytechnic High School, as Countywide Advocate of the Year. From LtoR: Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) Board member Brent Lee, Dr. Michael Roe, RUSD Board member and Field Representative Patricia Lock-Dawson, and RUSD Superintendent Dr. David Hansen.

Navy Officer Candidate School

Team Medina joined community members for the groundbreaking of the Navy Officer Candidate School at the March Air Reserve Base. From LtoR: Congressman Takano’s Field Representative Ignacio Romero, District Director Jorrel Verella, Senator Roth’s Field Representative Altie Holcomb, and Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce President Oscar Valdepena.

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NEW WEBSITE FEATURES

Check out a new website feature – city highlights for Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris. For each city, we have their summer activity booklet for classes, events, and programs. Click here to check it out!

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