April 2013 Medina Report

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to send you my April Report and to welcome my readers. This month you will find information about the status of funding the UC Riverside School of Medicine, as well as some important events which will occur this month, including Earth Day and Earthquake preparedness. I hope this will help you get a better understanding of the work I am doing on your behalf and that of the 61st assembly district.




As you know, the Inland Empire is the fastest growing area in California. Unfortunately, for many people in the community, medical access is not meeting the needs of the region. Some have to travel as far as Los Angeles to obtain affordable and basic health care. Something must be done.

This is why I introduced Assembly Bill 27 which allocates $15 million in state resources for the UC Riverside School of Medicine. This medical school will not only provide more doctors in our community, but will be an incredible advantage to the economic competitiveness of the region.

AB 27 recently passed out of the Assembly Higher Education Committee with bipartisan support and a vote of 12-0. Let's get the funding that the UC Riverside School of Medicine deserves and our region needs!

Hundreds of constituents have already voiced their support for AB 27. Please click here if you would like to support AB 27.


Jose Medina
Assemblymember, 61st District


Assemblymember Medina's Bill to Support UC Riverside School of Medicine Passes the Assembly Higher Education Committee with Bipartisan Support

The Assembly Higher Education Committee passed AB 27 with bipartisan support today, a bill authored by Assemblymember Medina that will allocate $15 million annually in state funds to operate and expand the UC Riverside School of Medicine.

The approval to fully fund the UC Riverside School of Medicine by the Assembly Higher Education Committee is the first step towards ensuring the Inland Empire region receives access to affordable and basic health care. This bill would allow students to study medicine in our community and continue on to practice and serve the needs of our region.

Dr. G. Richard Olds, Dean of the UC Riverside School of Medicine, emphasized the need to support the medical school. He said, "Financial support for the UC Riverside School of Medicine is the single best use for funding from the state. The medical school will create doctors for the future, it will also serve as an immediate positive impact on the economy of the region, and will ultimately help implement the Affordable Care Act in 2014."

AB 27 will ensure that the UC Riverside School of Medicine is able to prepare the next generation of doctors and researchers. Helping communities build stronger health care systems is smart economics and will benefit the people of the 61st Assembly District and the region by increasing access to quality health care for all residents.

AB 27 will be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee later this month.

For more information on the proposal and to view the "Behind the Bill," click here.

Discussing the need for funding of the UC Riverside School of Medicine in front of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, joining me were (Left to right) Erica Costa, Legislative Director for my office, Dr. G. Richard Olds, Dean of the UCR School of Medicine, Dr. Steven Larson, physician in Riverside, and Eduardo Martinez from the California Medical Association.


Assemblymember Medina Welcomes Community to Open House

On Friday, March 15, we hosted an Open House at our district office in Riverside. Community leaders, friends, and neighbors attended the event to meet with me and district staff one on one to discuss state and local issues.

I was delighted to meet with constituents and community members to discuss important issues facing our district and California.

The Open House was a great success with over 250 guests attending the event. The guests had the opportunity to meet with me and discuss the work I am doing on your behalf and that of the 61st Assembly District. As well, guests were given tours of the office and received a firsthand experience of the District Office.

The Open House began at 3:00 p.m. and lasted till 7:00 p.m.

Captain Amanda L. Snowden and Lt. Matthew Hill of the California Highway Patrol stopped by my district office Open House in Riverside.

I was happy to meet with the John W. North High School Speech and Debate Team during my District Office Open House.


Since the great San Francisco Earthquake took place on April 16, 1906, April has been designated by the state as California Earthquake Preparedness Month.

California has more earthquakes than any other state in the nation; preparation is a 24/7 necessity. California Earthquake Preparedness Month is a public awareness campaign designed to educate all Californians about the earthquake risk in California and the steps that Californians can take to reduce the risk of death, injury and property loss.

Surprisingly, many Californians do not consider themselves at risk unless they live on or near the line of a well-known fault, such as the San Andreas or Hayward Fault. This misconception leaves millions of Californians unprepared for an earthquake.

In fact, Riverside County experienced a 4.7 magnitude earthquake last month, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

In accordance with this important issue, I have authored Assembly Bill 869, which will require companies that provide gas or electric service to more than 5,000 customers, to develop and publish disaster preparedness and response plans in the event of emergencies, including natural disasters that have potential to disrupt natural gas or electric service and cause damage.

Preparing for earthquakes in California is somewhat like preparing for floods and fires; the job will never be finished. The following steps can serve as a good start for your preparation:

  • Practice the drop, cover and hold on earthquake safety action with children. By getting under the nearest table or desk or against an interior wall, covering your head and neck and holding on (even if it is just to your head and neck), potential earthquake victims can reduce their risk of injury;
  • Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit that includes food, water, first-aid supplies, a battery operated radio, prescription drugs and a flashlight. This is a good idea for any disaster.
  • Ensure your house is bolted to its foundation and have your chimneys, roofs and walls
    checked for stability;
  • Secure your water heater and major appliances, including any tall or heavy furniture, mirrors, bookcases, computers and picture frames; and
  • Know the safe areas in each room, such as under a sturdy table or desk or against interior walls.


Monday, April 22 will be the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day was conceived in 1969, by former Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) who hoped it would become a dramatic event that would focus local, state and national attention on our precious environment.

On April 22, 1970, over 20 million Americans participated in "environmental teach-ins," a definite sign that the first Earth Day was a monumental success. Earth Day has since become one of the most important days for environmental responsibility.

This year's Earth Day theme is 'The Face of Climate Change' with more than half a billion people in 192 countries in celebration. The goal is to give a local face to climate change and show that it is not a remote problem but is affecting local communities, places and individuals.

On an individual level, this month's Earth Day observance is a great opportunity for renewing our commitment to saving the planet.


I received several influential committee assignments by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles). I was appointed as the Chair of the Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy. I also serve in the Accountability and Administrative Review Committee as well as the committees on Governmental Organization, and Higher Education.

I am honored to serve on the committees appointed to me by the Speaker as they align closely with the priorities in my district and my background. I'm especially proud to chair the Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee and help build stronger communities while serving the people of California. As a former community college trustee, I will fight for our students through the Higher Education Committee.


Assemblymember Medina Introduces Bill Package Focused on Education and Job Creation

The legislative package I have put forth is focused on key issues affecting the state of California and my district. As Chair of the Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee, I am committed to fighting for job creation measures to help build stronger communities.

Highlights of Assemblymember Medina's Bills include:

AB 27: UC Riverside School of Medicine
Allocate $15 million annually to fully fund the UC Riverside School of Medicine to ensure the newly built medical school is able to prepare the next generation of doctors and researchers.

AB 825: Expansion of New Jobs Tax Credit
Expand small business eligibility for the New Jobs Tax Credit from businesses with 20 employees or fewer to businesses with 50 employees or fewer.

AB 869: Disaster Relief Emergency Plans
Require the Public Utilities Commission, gas corporations, and electric corporations, that provide gas or electric service to more than 5,000 customers, to develop and publish disaster relief emergency plans.

AB 1247: Expansion of Small Business Financial Development Corporations
Modify and enhance the authority of small business financial development corporations (FDCs) to better meet the needs of small businesses.


April 2013

April 20 - 8th Annual "A Salute to Veterans" Parade: 10AM-12PM- Parade begins at Magnolia and Ramona in Riverside.

April 20 - The YMCA of Riverside County and City of Riverside - Riverside Tamale Festival: 11AM to 6PM -White Park 3936 Chestnut St., Riverside.

April 25 - Assemblymember Medina's CoveredCA Town Hall: 4-6PM, with registration beginning at 3:30PM- Location TBA.

April 25 - Candlelight Vigil in recognition of 2013 National Crime Victims' Rights Week, hosted by Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach: 7-9PM - Riverside County Historic Courthouse, 4050 Main St., Riverside.

April 27 - Inland Empire Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative 10th Annual Stroll and Roll-a-Thon: 9AM- Shamel Park, 3650 Arlington Ave., Riverside. Contact my office to participate, (951) 369-6644.


I was proud to welcome so many UC Riverside alumni to my Capitol office who were there as advocates during UC Day.

I was honored to be the keynote speaker for the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce first Economic Summit in Sacramento.

On the Assembly floor with Maribel Mattox and Maria Lozano from the Moreno Valley Unified School District.

I celebrated the success of the 2013 Latino Network Honorees at the 16th Annual Celebracion de la Mujer luncheon in Riverside, which commemorates the contributions and accomplishments of Latinas in the Inland Empire.

Moreno Valley College students shared their thoughts with me on ways to improve our Community Colleges during their visit to Sacramento.

Highlanders from UC Riverside joined me in Sacramento to discuss issues in higher education.

I participated in a tour of the Riverside County Workforce Development Center in Riverside. Pictured with me are Felicia Flournoy of the Workforce Investment Board and Imran Farooq from Omnius Group.

I attended the "Flip the Switch" Celebration at the Queen of Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center in Jurupa Valley. This facility offers therapeutic horse riding lessons to children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. With generous donations from local residents and organizations, Queen of Hearts now has the lighting required to operate into the evening. Here, Robin Kilcoyne and youth volunteer Sherry Ramirez demonstrate how they help clients with disabilities mount the horses.