December 2017 Medina Messenger

Happy holidays! The month of December is often used as a time to reflect upon the passing year and look forward to the year ahead. I wanted to share some of our accomplishments over the past year and invite you to upcoming events my team and I will be hosting in the District.

As the 2018 legislative session quickly approaches, I am looking forward to furthering legislation that supports the Inland Empire and Californians across the state. I am honored to continue to represent you and grateful for the community we share in the 61st District.

Sending you warm wishes for a happy and safe holiday season!


Assemblyman Jose Medina signature graphic

Jose Medina
Assemblymember, 61st District



Human Rights Day

Each year on December 10, the global community celebrates Human Rights Day to commemorate the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This Declaration is significant because it established universal values that recognize all human lives are of equal dignity and worth. I am proud to represent a region so diverse and rich in culture, and will continue to advocate for your intrinsic rights and freedoms. To learn more about Human Rights Day, click here.


International Migrants Day

On December 18, we observe International Migrants Day to recognize the vast and increasing number of migrants in the world. This is of great relevance as we have faced a particularly turbulent year internationally, with growing refugee crises in Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan. During a time of year where so many of us are gathering with family and friends in celebration, it is important to reflect upon the great blessings we have as Americans, as well as remember and support our brothers and sisters across the globe who are currently facing violence and displacement.

To learn more about International Migrants Day and what you can do to support refugees, click here.


Team Medina had a very successful legislative year! Eight bills were signed by the Governor and chaptered into law. Here is a quick look at some of our legislative highlights:

Higher Education

  • AB 504: Requires campus-based research to cohesively approach “equity” and address the issue of “significant underrepresentation.
  • AB 637: Authorizes students to cross-enroll in online courses offered at a “teaching campus” within the OEI course exchange, without being required to repeat admissions processes and residency verifications that previously occurred at the “home” campus.
  • AB 819: Permanently gives the California State University autonomy over the creation of its own regulations, a process that has been extended and recertified for the last 20 years.
  • ACR 32: Encourages California Community Colleges to develop proposals to help meet the specified goal of credit classroom instruction taught by full-time faculty, and to help establish pay equity for part-time faculty.

K-12 Education

  • AB 192: Allows the State Parent’s Advisory Council to submit their report on the Migrant Student’s Program every three years. This will allow the Council to prepare a better, more comprehensive report to help this population of students.
  • AB 1142: Ensures the successful continuation of the State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) program. This program allows high school students to pass certain benchmarks and earn a Seal of Biliteracy on their high school diploma indicating their proficiency in a second language.


  • AB 590: Makes smoother transitions for someone going from being a CalPERS member to a CalSTRS members by allowing a short break in service of 120 days, without losing membership.


  • AJR 5: Requests the Department of Defense for realistic regulatory criteria for granting reduced percentage rate loans to active duty military and their dependents.

State Budget

  • Assemblymember Jose Medina led the effort to set aside $1 million in the state budget for the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry in downtown Riverside. The funding will make a significant dent in the $3 million that must be raised by the end of February 2018 under the terms of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) approved by the Riverside City Council in May.


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

Holiday Open House

Friday, December 15 – Assemblymember Jose Medina’s Holiday Reception and Book Drive

Zacatecas Café
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
3767 Iowa Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507

Come enjoy music, refreshments and a fun holiday event with me and my staff! This cheerful occasion will not only provide an opportunity to celebrate the holidays with other community members, it will also help improve literacy in our district. Bring your book donations and friends along; I hope to see you there!


November was a month of gratitude and thanks. I was proud to attend several events in the community that honored our veterans and their tremendous sacrifices to ensure our safety and freedom.

On November 7, I was honored to give remarks at Arlington High School for the History Channel’s “Take A Vet to School Day,” in partnership with Charter Communications. This program encourages schools to connect with veterans to bring real stories of service to the classroom.

Take a Vet to School Day

In this photo (L to R): Arlington High School Principal Mr. Steven Ybarra, RUSD Board Member Dr. Angelov Farooq, State Senator Richard D. Roth, Assemblymember Jose Medina, and RUSD Board Member Tom Hunt.

Team Medina joined the Riverside County Office of Education’s Operation Recognition to provide high school diplomas to veterans who were unable to graduate high school due to their service.

Riverside County Office of Education’s Operation Recognition

Team Medina was proud to give a certificate of recognition to the new UC Riverside Veterans Resource Center at its grand opening.

Veterans Resource Center

Team Medina Celebrates Thanksgiving

During Thanksgiving week, I spoke at the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County’s Thanksgiving and Clothing Giveaway.

Fair Housing Council

I enjoyed serving a delicious Thanksgiving breakfast to families in need at the Salvation Army in Moreno Valley.

My field representatives, Tiffany and Cesar, connected with the 61st District Youth Advisory Committee. The Youth Advisory Committee meets on a monthly basis to discuss issues important to their community and share ideas on youth-focused issues.

Youth Advisory Council

Assemblymember Medina Tours San Francisco Bar Pilots

Captain Joseph Long, President of the San Francisco Bar Pilots Association, and I checked out the features of the Port of Oakland.

Captain Joseph Long

Captain Joseph Long and I prepared to board the Pilot Boat Drake. The SF Bar Pilots take boats like Drake Eleven miles out to sea, where ship Pilots (experienced mariners holding Master USCG licenses) board all commercial vessels entering the San Francisco Bay. These Pilots then assume navigational control and guide the commercial vessels, some in excess of 1,200 feet, into their port of call.

Captain Joseph Long