February 2017 Medina Report


Dear Friends,

This is an uncertain time for many people, but my colleagues and I in the Assembly promise to protect all Californians and their families. This month is particularly relevant in today’s discussions about civil rights and justice as we remember and honor Japanese residents interned during World War II and commemorate Black History month. The issues surrounding health care, access, and equity also resonate in February, which is American Heart Month.

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



On February 19, 2016, we remember and honor the Japanese-Americans and Japanese residents who were interned during World War II. Many of those interned were from California, including Congressman Mike Honda, as well as the late Congressman Bob Matsui and his widow Congresswoman Doris Matsui.

This day is a forum for Californians to remember the past and use it to reaffirm their commitment to civil rights. Now, when those rights are uncertain for so many, this is especially important. For a list of Remembrance Day events, please contact my office at: (951) 369-6644.


February is National Black History Month, a time to reflect, recognize, and honor the invaluable contributions of African Americans to our nation’s economic, political, cultural and social landscape.

In that spirit, it is important that we acknowledge that the struggle for freedom, equal rights, and justice continues today. At a time of heightened civil rights and economic challenges, we must continue to follow the footsteps of those who made the enduring sacrifices that guided this nation towards a brighter future.

In our district, we will celebrate Black History in our community at the 38th Annual Adrian Dell and Carmen Roberts Foundation Black History Parade. Please click here for event details.




About every 40 seconds, an American has a heart attack. In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

The statistics can be depressing, but medical advances and preventative steps can keep your heart in top form. Also, understanding the symptoms of a heart attack can help you and your family stay healthy too.

Each February, the American Heart Association organizes and sponsors American Heart Month. Their goal is to promote heart health by highlighting the risk factors for heart disease and emphasize scientific research so we can better understand the disease and develop better treatments.  

I invite you to attend the 6th Annual Health Fair at Cesar Chavez Center for vital health services and to learn more about overall wellness to stay heart-healthy. Please click here for event details.


A college degree can open doors to better opportunities. But too often, finding ways to pay for that degree can be difficult.

The state of California offers financial aid to help make higher education more affordable. California's Cal Grant Financial Aid Program guarantees need-based financial assistance to every qualified student who applies. Applying is free, and you won’t know what you are eligible to receive until you do so!

The only way to apply for Cal Grants and other such aid is by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the CA Dream Act Application. The FAFSA is used to apply for financial aid from the state of California, federal government, as well as direct assistance from colleges. All materials have to meet the March 2 deadline.

To help students and parents find ways to pay for college, the California Student Aid Commission has organized hundreds of free Cash for College Workshops across the state, with several in our area. At these workshops, students and parents can talk with advisors about financial aid opportunities and get help completing the FAFSA.

I invite you to attend a workshop in the 61st Assembly District. Please click here for workshop dates and locations.


Are you or someone you know interested in state government? The Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship is one of the most prestigious legislative fellowship programs in the country, and a fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the California state government

My office previously had an Assembly fellow, Israel Landa, who is now a legislative assistant in the Capitol. Reflecting on his time in the fellowship he said “The rigorous orientation and academic seminars prepared me to tackle issues I care deeply about. I am advising my Assemblymember on higher education, the environment, and housing issues, as well as staffing legislation to improve student access to career technical education.”

Each year, 18 college graduates are selected for the program from an international applicant pool. Assembly fellows spend 10-11 months in Sacramento gaining direct experience in the California Legislature by working as staff. Their duties are similar to those of legislative assistants, including developing and researching legislative proposals, responding to constituent requests, analyzing bills, and writing speeches and press releases.

This is an excellent way to learn about state government and is a great entry to state public service.

If you would like brochures on the programs or information on how to apply, please call (916) 278-6906, or visit: http://www.csus.edu/calst/assembly/

Please remember the deadline for submitting the application for the upcoming class is February 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm PST!

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

  • Throughout the month of February  - Funding Your College Future Workshops
    Click here for a list of workshop dates and locations.
  • February 4 - Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Workshop Fair
    Sponsored by the Golden State Opportunity Foundation and Cal EITC 4 me, this workshop will help with tax preparation and provide resources on the EITC, which sent almost $400 million back to working class families last year.

    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Highgrove Library

    530 Center St.
    Riverside, CA 92507

  • February 25 - The 6th Annual LULAC Health Fair
    Do you have a medical or dental issue? Check out the 6th Annual Health Fair at Cesar Chavez Center for eye, medical, and other vital health services. Get there early to access dental treatments, eye glasses and checkups from medical doctors.

    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Cesar Chavez Community Center

    2060 University Avenue
    Riverside, CA 92506

  • February 25 - 38th Annual Adrian Dell and Carmen Roberts Foundation Black History Parade, Expo and Car Show
    Each year, the Riverside Black History Parade Expo and Car Show promotes inclusiveness within the community by celebrating Black history and attracts thousands of attendees. The parade route will start at Riverside City College at the corner of Terracina and Magnolia Avenue and end at Riverside County Courthouse.

    10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Riverside City College

    4800 Magnolia Ave.
    Riverside, CA 92506


My colleagues and I stood in support of Planned Parenthood and all the vital services they provide to promote health and wellness in our communities.

It was a pleasure to speak with attendees at the California Community College League's Legislative Conference about how to best serve our students.

Team Medina was proud to stand in solidarity with the Riverside community at the Women’s March.

I enjoyed meeting the counselors at Riverside Polytechnic High School and presenting Yuridia Nava  with an Assembly Resolution to honor her creativity, leadership, and service to her students. Yuridia was a finalist for the 2017 School Counselor of the Year, a tremendous honor.

I had a great visit with Riverside Poly High School Puente students and staff.

Team Medina was proud to celebrate Dr. King's memory and legacy in the 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Walk-A-Thon.