June - September Messenger
I hope you had a great summer with family and loved ones. The transition into fall brings the start of a new school year. I send my best wishes for a successful year to students, administrators, faculty, and fellow teachers as they transition back to the classroom. Included in this newsletter are updates on many of our legislative and budget successes for the 2018 session, as well as upcoming events in the district.
As always, if you have questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office. It is a privilege to be your representative for the 61st Assembly District.
Assemblymember, 61st District
IN THIS ISSUE
- Legislative Update
- State Budget Wins for AD 61
- Second Quarter Happenings
- Upcoming Events
- Team Medina in Action
I am proud to report that the following bills from my 2018 legislative package were signed into law by the Governor.
AB 93: Healing arts - revises and recasts supervisor requirements for marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and professional clinical counselors. AB 93 ensures that roles are clearly and appropriately defined, and strengthens the qualifications and responsibilities of supervisors of pre-licensed individuals, which will in turn help to ensure patients in California have access to well trained and qualified mental health professionals.
AB 1887: Public education governance - authorizes any pupil attending a California public secondary school or college to serve on a board or commission, regardless of age or immigration status. Prior to the signing of this legislation, a person not yet 18 years of age or a citizen of the state was unable to hold civil office.
AB 2012: School and community college employees parental leave - ensures part-time community college faculty have the same parental leave rights as full-time faculty. Currently community college faculty can use their sick leave for the purpose of parental leave for up to 12 work weeks. AB 2012 closes this loophole to make sure part-time faculty who work in differential pay districts receive no less than 50 percent of their regular salary for the remaining portion of the 12 work week period of parental leave.
AB 2722: California Military Department GI Bill Award Program - reauthorizes a critical, state-sponsored education benefit currently afforded to California Service members, makes needed programmatic improvements, removes the program’s July 2019 sunset date, and reconstitutes it as the California Military Department GI Bill.
AB 3186: Competitive bidding for vendors within the UC and CCC systems -permanently authorizes the University of California (UC) and California Community Colleges (CCC to consider non-cost factors when selecting vendors, such as quality and experience, rather than having to select vendors solely based on the lowest bid. UC estimates that use of best value procurement would save the institution $3 million annually.
Current law authorizes the CCC and the UC to use best value procurement methodology on a pilot basis for five years. AB 3186 removes the sunset date to permanently authorize the use of this practice by these institutions.
ETHNIC STUDIES AS A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – NEXT STEPS
I am disappointed to report that Governor Brown vetoed AB 2772, which would have created a voluntary pilot program for 11 school districts to add a course in Ethnic Studies as a high school graduation requirement. Currently, school districts are encouraged to offer Ethnic Studies, but it is not required.
The history taught in our classrooms is not inclusive of the diversity that makes up California, and that needs to change. As a former Ethnic Studies teacher, I’ve seen first-hand the excitement and increased level of engagement students experience when they personally connect to the coursework. Ethnic Studies is a powerful mechanism that helps broaden the understanding of backgrounds and cultures different from our own.
I am thankful for all of the support we received during the legislative year for this bill, and grateful to all those who wrote support letters, advocated at the Capitol, and testified in hearings. I will continue to fight for increased access to Ethnic Studies and plan to introduce similar legislation in the future.
State Budget Wins for AD 61
STATE BUDGET ALLOCATES $9.7M TO “THE CHEECH” MUSEUM IN STATE BUDGET
I brought attention to the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry of the Riverside Art Museum, (also known as “The Cheech”), with the hope of securing additional funding. After many conversations, and with the help of my colleagues, these advocacy efforts proved to be successful.
Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2018-19 state budget, and allocated $9.7M to support the development of The Cheech.
The museum is located in Riverside and will be a permanent home for Cheech Marin’s collection of Chicano art, which includes paintings, sculptures, and photography - making it the most prominent collection of its kind in the U.S.
I am thrilled that funding for The Cheech was included in the budget, and grateful that the Governor and State Legislature recognize the importance of this Museum to the entire region. I have worked closely with Mayor Rusty Bailey, the City of Riverside, the Riverside Art Museum, and Cheech Marin for the past year to galvanize the development of this project, and I’m thankful for their tremendous work and leadership. For too long, the story of Latinos and their contributions to the arts have been overlooked. The Cheech will help bring the real stories and rich history of the Latino community to all Californians.
The Cheech has raised close to $13M, which can help transform Riverside’s existing Main Library into a world-class arts facility.
INCREASED FUNDING TO SUPPORT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY (CSU) & UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (UC) STUDENTS
When the 2018-19 state budget was first proposed, it left a huge economic gap that would ultimately hurt our students most. My colleagues and I worked to advocate for full funding of the CSU and UC systems to ensure student needs are met.
The final budget agreement provides better support for California resident enrollment and long-term growth. At a time when more and more of California’s students graduate from high school college ready, it is critical to invest in these institutions to ensure all students have access to quality higher education. We heard from students across the state that fought incredibly hard to secure this funding, balancing school work and exams while coming to testify at the Capitol. Their voices were heard, and I am extremely proud of all of the tireless work they do.
Second Quarter Happenings
SENIOR SCAM PREVENTION WORKSHOPS
In July, I hosted a series of Senior Scam Prevention Workshops in Perris and Moreno Valley. These workshops help inform our community about potential and common scams concerning home improvement, utilities, finance, telemarketing, real estate, and more.
Thanks to all who attended, and a special thanks to the Office of the Attorney General, California Department of Consumer Affairs, Contractors State License Board, California Public Utilities Commission, and Riverside County Sheriff's Department for providing their expertise.
AD 61 YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL VISITS STATE CAPITOL
In June, the 61st Assembly District Youth Advisory Council took a trip to the Capitol to see the Legislature in action! It was wonderful to have these future leaders come visit. The Youth Advisory Council met with State Legislators, including Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, observe Floor Session, and tour the Capitol building.
AD 61 NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR
In June, I celebrated California Non-Profits Day by recognizing the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association (IELLA) as the 61st Assembly District’s “Nonprofit of the Year.”
IELLA provides pro-bono legal services to those who cannot hire private attorneys due to limited financial resources and language barriers. With 7 legal aid clinics throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties, IELLA has assisted hundreds of low income individuals in legal matters that have threatened their home or livelihood.
The Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association provides a critical service to members of our community and acts as an advocate for some of our region’s most vulnerable. I am honored to recognize them as the “Non-Profit of the Year” for AD 61 and grateful for the contributions they have made to our community.
AD 61 SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
I celebrated California Small Business Day by recognizing Canyon Crest Cleaners as the 61st Assembly District’s “Small Business of the Year.”
Canyon Crest Cleaners has provided dry cleaning, laundry, and tailoring services to the Riverside region for the past 30 years. Owned and operated by Joseph Lee, his wife, and support from its dedicated staff, Canyon Crest Cleaners take great pride in helping clients look and feel their best. I am proud to recognize them as the AD 61 ‘Small Business of the Year.’
AD 61 VETERAN OF THE YEAR
On June 21, I was proud to recognize Dr. Grace Williams as the 61st Assembly District’s “Veteran of the Year.”
Dr. Williams served in the Army National Guard for nearly 10 years. Since being honorably discharged from the military, Dr. Williams has served the communities around the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, maintaining close working relationships with both military and civilian personnel. She has led numerous projects in the region that have created jobs, increased access to Career Technical Education, and provided transitional housing for homeless veterans. Dr. Williams currently works for the City of Perris, where she oversees the city's project entitlements and permitting processes, manages business and workforce development, attraction, and retention projects and programs.
I am grateful for her contributions to our community, and proud to recognize her as the 61st Assembly District’s ‘Veteran of the Year.’
TECHNOLOGY TRAINING WORKSHOP: INTRO TO TABLETS
You are cordially invited to join my office, The Office of Senator Richard Roth, and AT&& for a FREE technology training workshop. This event is designed to give seniors and interested community members an opportunity to learn more about mobile technology. This hands-on course for beginners will teach the basics of using a tablet such as touchscreen basics, surfing the web, taking and sharing photos, maps and more.
Wednesday, October 17
1 – 3 p.m.
Mead Valley Senior Center
21091 Rider St. #102
Perris, CA 92570
Thursday, October 18
1 – 3 p.m.
Perris Senior Center
101 North D St.
Perris, CA 92570
Space is limited to 50 attendees. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Carina Tamayo at (951) 680-6750.
Thursday, October 18
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Mead Valley Senior Center
21091 Rider St. #102
Perris, CA 92570
This FREE event is to provide the senior community with resources for their health care needs. Join us to get free flu shots and medical information. More details can be found: https://bit.ly/2pr8FPm
MORENO VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – “PATHWAYS TO HIGHER EDUCATION”
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Registration & Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.
Conference: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Vista del Lago High School
15150 Lasselle St.
Moreno Valley, CA 92551
In partnership with the Moreno Valley Unified School District, Congressman Mark Takano and Senator Richard D. Roth, I invite you and your family to the MVUSD “Pathways to Higher Education Conference.”
This FREE informational event is designed to ensure that all Moreno Valley students are prepared to apply to colleges and universities. Students and families will have the opportunity to obtain essential information regarding UC/CSU admissions, the Moreno Valley College Promise, financial aid, college ROTC and career technical education pathways and academies.
For more information, please contact the district office at (951) 369-6644 or Kristen Hunter at (951) 571-7560.
CAPITOL CONNECTION COFFEE
Friday, October 26
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Stratton Community Center
2008 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92507
I invite you to join your Eastside friends and neighbors for a casual conversation over coffee, donuts and pan dulce. Come share your thoughts on state and legislative issues, find out what is happening in the 61st Assembly District, and what services can be provided to you by my District and Capitol staff.
Team Medina in Action
On June 4, Project L.E.A.D. (Linking Education, Advocacy and Development) held their End of School Year Appreciation Celebration. Project L.E.A.D’s trains mentors/tutors to assist students enrolled in after-school programs in Riverside County. Youth Coordinators provide cross-generational mentoring and tutoring through character development activities such as recreation, art & crafts, music, computers and academic course work to at-risk students.
On June 13, Team Medina celebrated Romanie Arterberry's retirement from UC Riverside. Romanie had 40 years of service and dedication to UCR, 25 of which were spent at the Women's Resource Center. We are grateful for her years of service to UCR!
On June 15, Team Medina’s own Patricia Lock-Dawson was recognized as “Distinguished Alumna of the Year" by Leadership Riverside of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce. I am lucky to have her as part of my team!
On June 27, I held an Ethnic Studies rally in support of our bill, AB 2722. Students, teachers, and community members came out in support of implementing ethnic studies into California’s curriculum.
Team Medina, along with the Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce, gathered for the ribbon cutting of the new Pottery Barn outlet in Moreno Valley.
On July 31, I recognized Dave Low as he retired from nearly 40 years of service at California School Employees Association (CSEA). We are grateful for his tireless work and dedication to protecting the rights of school employees.