March 2017 Medina Report
A NOTE FROM JOSE
The 2017 session is well under way, and I am proud to share with you the policies I will be working to advance this year, ranging from environmental quality to higher education. To learn about events being held throughout the district check out our Community Calendar. Also included are the achievements of our community members in the Capitol Congrats section.
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
- American Diabetes Alert Day
- César Chávez Day
- Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
- Women's History Month
- Community Calendar of Events
- Capitol Congrats
- Team Medina in Action
- Legislative Highlights
Diabetes impacts nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States—though one-third don't know they have it. Another estimated 57 million Americans have pre-diabetes, which means they are at risk of developing diabetes. Individuals who may be at risk should realize the importance of checking for diabetes, as it can be easily detected through early testing. Early detection of diabetes can prevent further health issues and save people money from medical costs.
March 28 is American Diabetes Alert Day this year. It is the American Diabetes Association’s call-to-action for people to find out if they are at risk for diabetes. The “risk-test” helps people determine whether they are at risk for developing the disease, and is available year-round.
For a link to the test: https://doihaveprediabetes.org/prediabetes-risk-test.html
On March 31, we celebrate the birthday of César Chávez, the legendary founder of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). To honor him, the state Legislature passed a measure in 1995 that designated his birthday as a state holiday.
To many Californians, farmworker struggles are an issue of the past. But it was only last year that we passed overtime pay for farmworkers. On March 31, all Californians are urged take the time to learn about Chávez, his life, background, and accomplishments. To find events our district commemorating César Chávez’s life and legacy, please contact my office at: 951-369-6644.
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 visit my website or contact my office at 951-369-6644.
Each March, we celebrate National Women's History Month, where we acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of the women who fought for the rights we enjoy today, and those that continue to fight for an equal society and make positive change.
During the annual Woman of the Year celebration, a woman from each Assembly District is honored at the State Capitol. This year, I will honor Connie Ransom on the Assembly Floor as the Woman of the Year for the 61st Assembly District. Her dedication to the community and co-organizing of the Women’s March in Riverside is why she rightfully deserves the distinction. Connie and 21 other women in our community will be honored at the Women of Distrinction Luncheon in Riverside for inspiring others and making positive impact in our community.To learn more about all the honorees, please visit my website.
For all Community Events, please contact my office if you have any questions: (951) 369-6644.
March 16 – Lecture: Bipartisan Leadership in California
This discussion is part of the Speaker’s Lecture Series, launched in 2016 by Speaker Rendon and the Center for California Studies. The lecture series provides a way for California’s legislative leaders to engage with university students and the broader community about the Legislature’s work and critical issues facing the state.
5:30 - 7 p.m.
UC Riverside Alumni & Visitors Center
3701 Canyon Crest Drive
Riverside, CA 92507
March 23 - Inland Empire Town Hall with Attorney General Becerra
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will visit the Inland Empire to discuss the Federal Impacts of the Trump White House on the region.
5:30– 8 p.m.
Chaffey High School- Hill Auditorium
211 W. Fifth St.
Ontario, CA 91762
March 25- El Protector Baseball Clinic
Youth, ages 7-14, are invited to participate in a free youth baseball clinic with local law enforcement.
8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Bryant Park- Arlanza Community Center
7950 Philbin Ave.
Riverside, CA 92503
For a current list of events, please check the events page on my website.
Congrats to Yuri Nava, a counselor at Riverside Polytechnic High School, for her incredible service to students and her achievement as a finalist for the National School Counselor of the Year Award. Here, Principal Dr. Michael Roe and I honored her service on the Assembly Floor during National School Counseling Week.
Congrats to Major General John C. Flournoy, Jr., who relinquished command of the 4th Air Force at March Air Reserve Base. Here, District Director Jorrel Verella, presents Major General Flournoy, Jr. with a resolution to honor his achievements. Thank you for your service!
Congrats to CR&R Incorporated, who was recently awarded a California Energy Commission Grant to expand their Anaerobic Digestion facility in Perris. During my visit at their facility last year I got the chance to learn more about eco-friendly ways to address waste.
This year's Riverside Black History Parade honored the community's diversity, history while celebrating the promise of young people. Glad to join in!
Team Medina attended the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) annual health fair, where community members could access eye, medical, and other vital health services.
Team Medina and CalEITC helped families with free tax prep and getting cash back through the California Earned Income Tax Credit program. Here (LtoR) are Riverside City Councilmember Andy Melendrez, President of Golden State Opportunity Foundation Josh Fryday, myself, Secretary of UFCW Local 1167 Joe Duffle, District Director Jorrel Verella, and Inland Region Campaign Director Blanca Lopez.
Cultural Identity: 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.
Environment: When development projects obtain 15 percent of voter signatures, they qualify for the local ballot. When this happens, city council can hold an election, which is expensive, or approve the proposal. This allows some projects to gain approval without environmental review, which can damage the health of our communities. We have benefitted from environmental protection laws over the years. It’s important to preserve the progress we have made, which is why I introduced AB 890, to protect our communities.
Higher Education: As Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, I strongly believe that education is the key to personal empowerment and community transformation. This year, I authored a package of bills aimed to improve fairness and equity at community colleges (AB 204, AB 504, and AB 637). I also introduced AB 1563 to increase Cal Grant awards and help make college more affordable.
Judgeships: Both Riverside and San Bernardino County have a desperate need for more judges. Trials courts in both counties have only 60 percent of needed judges, which will worsen as the population continues to grow. I authored AB 414 to address this issue and protect the public’s right to timely access to justice
Protecting our Dreamers: The California Dream Act is an important pathway to a college education. However, the current political climate has deterred our students from even applying. I introduced HR 20 to declare our unwavering support for our Dreamers, and to encourage them to pursue the promise of a higher education