October 2013 Medina Report
Friends,It has been a very productive month. I am pleased to announce that the Governor successfully signed all of my legislation passed during this year’s legislative session. While I work on a variety of issues throughout the year, I also author legislation to support the people of Riverside County and the Inland Empire. My legislative efforts focused on securing $15 million in ongoing state budget funding to support the UC Riverside School of Medicine, helping veterans highlight and receive credit for their military service skills when applying for state licenses, and creating jobs by encouraging entrepreneurship, small business development, and foreign trade and investments.
Keep reading for information about upcoming events and other activities that are happening in our community.
IN THIS ISSUE:
- Innovation Hub: Major Economic Development Partnership
- Legislation Focused on Jobs and Business Development Signed into Law
- Educating Community on Domestic Violence Issues
- Affordable Care Act Town Hall
- Red Ribbon Week
- Domestic Violence Prevention Awareness Month
- October Community Calendar of Events
- Around the District and the Capitol
Assemblymember, 61st District
Assemblymember Medina Announces Major Economic Development Partnership
On October 8, I helped announced a major economic development partnership, Innovation Hub (iHub) program, with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), which serves as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts.
For decades, California has been known as a place where innovation and creativity flourish. California's newly invigorated iHub Program is a central feature in the state's work to enhance local and regional economic strengths. It will also support private sector efforts to bring forward the next generation in business and industry.
The state of California launched the iHub program in an effort to harness and improve California’s innovative spirit.
"This innovative collaboration between the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino with the Port of Los Angeles will create an unprecedented opportunity to attract jobs and investment for our region,” Dr. Imran Farooq, Chief Advisor for Inland Southern California iHub.
The iHub program improves the state's national and global competitiveness by stimulating partnerships, economic development, and job creation around the state.
Medina’s Legislation Focused on Jobs and Business Development Signed into Law
I believe we must continue to look for ways to assist with job creation and small business development. I am proud to have been responsible for passing a significant number of jobs bills this session to kelp keep Californians working and stimulate the state’s economy.
Small business development will help strengthen California’s economy and also continue to improve job creation efforts across the state. I am honored to have the Governor recognize the need for significant legislation to encourage private sector investment in California’s future.
These bills implement key policy actions for encouraging job creation: Help small business obtain private capital, support trade and innovation-based businesses, and remove regulatory barriers.
AB 1057 Military Veterans & Professional Licensure Applications: requires each licensing board under the Department of Consumer Affairs to ask on every professional license application, if the applicant is serving, or has previously served in the military, thus connecting well trained veterans to quality jobs.
AB 1067 GO-Biz EB-5 Program: designates the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) as California’s lead agency for the federal EB-5 Foreign Investor Visa Program, which will positively impact the state economy through new business ventures from foreign investors resulting in California job creation.
AB 1247 California Small Business Finance Center: transfers existing direct loan and loan guarantee programs into a new Small Business Finance Center in order to strengthen the programs and provide greater access to capital for small businesses across the state.
AB 1400 (Assembly Committee on Jobs) Export Label Certificates: removes impediments to the timely issuance of export certificates for California products being shipped to foreign markets.
AB 1422 (Assembly Committee on Jobs): Advanced Manufacturing: streamlines the state program that qualifies advanced manufacturing and advanced transportation technology equipment for sales and use tax exclusions.
Assemblymember Jose Medina Educates Community on Domestic Violence Issues
Assembly Select Committee on Domestic Violence Informational Hearing (L to R): Chairman Jimmy Gomez (D-Northeast Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside).
In an effort to raise awareness of the challenges facing domestic violence victims and their families, I participated in an informational hearing with the Assembly Select Committee on Domestic Violence which was hosted in Riverside.
A panel of experts provided a wealth of knowledge on the subject and I want to thank them for enlightening us on how domestic violence impacts our lives.
Topics discussed were the increase of male survivors and the lack of services available, the effect of domestic violence on children, how limited funding affects services and education, and domestic violence in elder abuse cases and domestic partner cases.
Assemblymember Jose Medina Hosts Affordable Care Act Town Hall
It was a pleasure meeting with everyone in Moreno Valley to discuss important information regarding the Affordable Care Act.
On Saturday, August 24, I hosted a town hall focused on the Affordable Care Act along with Senator Richard Roth and Congressman Mark Takano in Moreno Valley at the Conference and Recreation Center.
The town hall provided community members with helpful information regarding the new healthcare system. Participants were able to receive answers to their questions regarding the Affordable Care Act and learned how the changes to our healthcare system will affect them.
A panel of experts was also on hand to discuss the Affordable Care Act. The panel consisted of Jan Remm from Riverside County Healthcare, Dr. Bradley Gilbert from Inland Empire Health Plan, and John Connolly from Insure the Uninsured Project Covered California.
The panel discussed upcoming changes to our healthcare system that will start in January 2014. The community was also presented with information tables from local service providers. Overall, the event was well received and had over 300 in attendance.
Participants at the Affordable Care Act Town Hall received helpful information regarding the new healthcare system and were able to get their questions answered.
Red Ribbon Week: October 23rd through October 31st
Every year, the California State Assembly celebrates and recognizes Red Ribbon Week by providing students with tools and materials that encourage them to say "no" to drugs.
Red Ribbon Week is an important program that educates grade school students about the dangers of substance abuse-both legal and illegal substances-and the damage it can cause to themselves, as well as to their families and friends. It is so important that we encourage kids at an early age to live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
The red ribbon is a symbol for living a drug free lifestyle.
October is Domestic Violence Prevention Awareness Month
Every year, well over one million women are abused by their husbands, boyfriends, or other romantic partners. And women are not the only ones affected—children and men can be the victims of this violence as well.
Each October, since 1987, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) joins with law enforcement and health organizations throughout California to sponsor National Domestic Violence Awareness Month with activities to increase public understanding of this terrible crime. It is through public education that we can empower victims to seek assistance and end the ongoing cycle of violence.
With that in mind, it is important to create a zero-tolerance mindset for domestic violence in California by taking action as a private citizen to spread the word about domestic violence so it is no longer seen as simply a “private matter.”
If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence, tell someone. You can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or 1−800−787−3224.
- Thursday, October 24th- Assemblymember Medina Senior Scam Stopper Seminar: 9 to 11 AM- Janet Goeske Center, 5257 Sierra Street, Riverside, CA 92504
- Attendees will receive helpful materials on how to effectively avoid scams and protect themselves.
Around the District and the Capitol
I enjoyed meeting with Dr. Denise Fleming, region 19 President of California Democratic Party African American Caucus and James Dudley to celebrate at Moreno Valley’s first African American Family Reunion Celebration.
I celebrated Riverside Habitat for Humanity’s 25th Anniversary with (L to R): John Aguilar, Mike Gardner, and Al Aguello.
The Latino Caucus hosted Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer for Facebook, for a great conversation about women, the economy and immigration.
U.S. state government participants and I toured a container security facility in Prince Rupert, maintained by the Canada Border Services Agency. The tour is part of my broader legislative efforts to engage Canada, Mexico, and Inland Empire stakeholders on key infrastructure improvements that support international trade. According to the Riverside County Trade Commission, Canada is the number one trade partner with Riverside. *At this facility potentially high risk shipping containers can be X-rayed and unloaded. The inspection is looking for illegal firearms, drugs, precursor ingredients to illegal drugs, and other illegally imported products. This conference was sponsored by the Canadian government.
Recognizing the diverse culture and history of Mexico at the Mexican Independence Day Celebration hosted by the Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber.
Dr. Richard G. Rajaratnam, myself, and Vita Willett, Executive Director, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals participating at the Kaiser Community Surgery Day.
Enjoyed meeting with UFW President Arturo Rodriguez in La Paz along with my fellow Assemblymembers LtoR: (Assemblymembers Rudy Salas, Rob Bonta, UFW President Arturo Rodriguez, myself, and Assemblymember Anthony Rendon).
It was exciting to participate in the grand opening of the Moreno Valley Excel Prep Charter School.
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