August 2017 Medina Messenger

August is the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibited racial discrimination in voting, and reminds us of the foundational importance that voting has in our democracy. This August, we will also experience a total eclipse of the sun; the last time this happened in the contiguous United States was 1979. While our power grid will certainly function as normal, small steps to conserve energy during the eclipse will ease additional stress on the grid.

These events are very different, but they remind us how much we can do to help and continually improve our communities. Whether through civic engagement or steps to protect our environment, small actions we take together make a big step forward for everyone.

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.



Jose Medina
Assemblymember, 61st District



Medina Voting Rights

This year is the 52nd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was signed on August 6, 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. It is among the most significant civil rights laws of the 20th century. As we approach the anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Americans have an opportunity to reflect on the importance of voting, whether it be local state, or nation-wide elections.


Medina Solar Eclipse

On August 21 from 9am to noon, more than 60 percent of the sun will be obscured by the moon during a solar eclipse the likes of which won’t be seen again until 2045.

This is the first time in California’s history that the renewable energy infrastructure developed throughout the past decade will be challenged by a major eclipse. Regulators are predicting a loss of nearly 5.6 gigawatts in solar power production. While our power grid will continue to operate as usual, conserving energy during the eclipse will alleviate additional stress on the state’s solar energy grid and signal a move away from reliance of fossil fuels to power our homes and cities. Californians are encouraged to unplug unused appliances, upgrade to more energy efficient LED lightbulbs and be conscious of the appliances they use. Let’s do our part to cut our energy consumption during the eclipse.


Are you aware of the free summer meal programs provided to children during vacation and off-track periods? The California Department of Education provides free meals for children under 18 years old in low-income areas throughout the summer. This program ensures children in our neighborhoods have the necessary nutritional foundation to learn and be active. If you or someone you know is interested in the Summer Meal Service Program, please visit the California Department of Education website for a list of participating sponsors in your area. 

For more information please call my District Office at (951) 369-6644.


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


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 visit this website for more information or call my office (951) 369-6644.

Community Calendar of Events

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

Friday, August 18  – Perris Lunch & Learn with California Department of Rehabilitation
I invite you to attend the Perris Lunch and Learn with the California Department of Rehabilitation, an event held in partnership with Perris Mayor Pro Tem David Starr Rabb and Perris City Councilmember Tonya Burke.  Enjoy a free lunch and learn about valuable resources for business owners and job seekers that cover topics including disability employment law training, vocational training for prospective employees, and funding assistance for on-the-job training.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
La Gare Cafe
24 South D Street
Perris, CA 92570

June 1- September 4  – Students Ride RTA Buses for Only 25¢ All Summer
Don’t sit at home and play video games this summer. Get out and have some fun with a little help from the Riverside Transit Agency. And if you have a summer job, they’ll take you there too. For the entire summer, to ride for a quarter, students in grades 1-12 just need to show a school-issued student ID card from the most recent school year, an RTA Youth ID card, or a California driver’s license or state ID showing the student is 18 years old or younger.

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


Capitol Congrats to Chief of Staff Lucy Camarillo

A hearty congratulations to my Chief of Staff, Lucy Camarillo, who is retiring after three decades of public service. My office and I will certainly miss her and wish her all the best for her well-earned retirement.


Team Medina In Action

I was pleased to join the California Civil Justice Foundation to present a workshop on making businesses compliant with the Americans with Disabilties Act to improve access for all.  

Moreno Valley Unified School District Health and Resource Fair

Team Medina attended the second annual Moreno Valley Unified School District Health and Resource Fair, designed to ensure that families can receive essential resources to support kids in school. From LtoR: District Director Jorrel Verella, Field Representative Tiffany Tran, and LCAP Wellness Liaison for Moreno Valley Unified School District, Connie Edwards.