July 2013 Medina Report


It was wonderful to see so many of you at the recent unveiling of our new satellite office in Perris. Thank you for helping to make it such a special and informative event.

Additionally, I am happy to announce that after continuously fighting for funding for the UC Riverside School of Medicine, the school is successfully receiving $15 million of full and continuous funding through the state budget. Thanks to the tireless efforts by Senator Richard Roth and myself, the residents of the Inland Empire will finally begin to see their healthcare needs reached. On my first day in office, I introduced AB 27, legislation to secure funding for the UC Riverside School of Medicine and it has been my top priority. I am elated to have made this immense contribution to the health, education, and well-being of our families for generations to come.

I want to personally thank the hundreds of constituents who voiced their support for AB 27 to fully fund the UC Riverside School of Medicine. This is a historic time for the health, economy and education of Inland Empire residents.

Keep reading for information about upcoming events and other activities that are happening in our community.




Jose Medina
Assemblymember, 61st District




Assemblymember Medina Secures Funding for the UC Riverside School of Medicine in the 2013-2014 State Budget

In front of the UC Riverside School of Medicine Research Building with Dr. G. Richard Olds, M.D., Dean of the UC Riverside School of Medicine.

On the first day I was sworn into office, I introduced Assembly Bill 27, to fully fund the UC Riverside School of Medicine. I am proud to say, along with the help of Senator Richard Roth, we have secured full and continuous funding for the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine in the Fiscal Year 2013-14 state budget, which was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown on June 27. It was a wonderful experience for me to be a part of the budget process and a pleasure to be a part of history in helping secure funding for the UC Riverside Medical School.

In funding the UC Riverside School of Medicine, we take a major step forward to meet our communities’ critical need for doctors and healthcare providers in an area where our working families have been neglected for too long. The Medical School will also advance the economic competitiveness of the region, bringing much needed jobs within the health related fields.

Today, Riverside County has only 36 primary care doctors per 100,000 people. This is far below the federally recommended ratio of 60 to 80 doctors per 100,000 people.

According to the California HealthCare Foundation, Riverside County is currently the only county of more than 1 million people in the state to have fewer than 100 MDs per 100,000 people.

The demand for new doctors and healthcare providers will be more acute as California implements the Affordable Care Act and thousands of Inland Southern California residents will become eligible for healthcare coverage, many for the first time.

Funding for the UC Riverside School of Medicine is provided in a budget augmentation of $125 million which was negotiated between the Governor and Legislative leaders.

Providing state funding for the UC Riverside School of Medicine is crucial in our efforts to ensuring the Inland Empire receives access to affordable and basic healthcare.

I am overjoyed to receive the funding the school needs and our region deserves!  

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Assemblymember Medina Honors Veteran for His Service

Mr. Joe Diaz on the floor of the California State Assembly holding an Assembly Resolution recognizing his distinguished military career and contributions to the community.

I proudly honored Joe Diaz as the 2013 Veteran of the Year for the 61st Assembly District at the Annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon, which honors veterans from each of the Assembly Districts who have distinguished military careers, or have significantly contributed to their communities. This year’s luncheon was held at the Sacramento Convention Center on June 26, 2013.

Mr. Diaz served our nation as a member of the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam from 1963 to 1967.  In Vietnam, he shuttled supplies to the forward bases near the Demilitarized Zone along the border of North Vietnam. Joe proudly served for 4 years while attaining the rank of Corporal, and earning service awards including: the Combat Action Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnamese Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Upon his discharge, Mr. Diaz went to work for the City of Riverside for over 35 years as a truck driver in the city’s Sanitation Department. Mr. Diaz currently serves as the Post Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 184 and has held this position for 5 years. He is also a member of a veterans' funeral detail at the Riverside National Veterans Cemetery.

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Assemblymember Medina Honors Zacatecas Café as Small Business of the Year

Zacatecas Café owners and the Assemblymember (L to R): Vicky Medina, Assemblymember Jose Medina, and Jon Medina.

During Small Business Month, I honored Zacatecas Café of Riverside with the 2013 Small Business of the Year award for the 61st Assembly District.

I was honored to recognize family owned and operated Zacatecas Café, which has served the Riverside region for 50 years. Owned by the Medinas—although no relation—Zacatecas Café is a staple in the community and reminds us of the tremendous contributions small businesses make to the economic strength of our nation and state.

California is home to 3.5 million small businesses, accounting for 99 percent of the state’s employers and 52 percent of the state’s workforce.

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Daryl Busch, Mayor of the City of Perris, presents Assemblymember Medina with a City of Perris plaque at the 61st Assembly District Perris Satellite Open House. Pictured L to R: Supervisor Marion Ashley, Riverside County, Assemblymember Jose Medina, and Daryl Busch, Mayor of the City of Perris.

I was pleased to see so many of you at the Open House for my Perris Satellite Office. It was a very successful event and I was happy to discuss legislative and local issues with the community.

Please feel free to stop by my Satellite Office in Perris during our weekly office hours on Thursdays from 9AM-4:30PM. The Perris Office is located at the Perris Sheriff Station, 137 North Perris Blvd., Suite A.

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This summer, we are celebrating the 49th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

One of the most important civil rights measures of the 20th century; it prohibited discrimination based on race, religion, gender or creed. It applied to public accommodations, publicly owned or operated facilities, employment and union membership, and voter registration. The act included Title XI, which allows for the withholding of federal funds in areas where discrimination persists.

California was in the legislative forefront of civil rights before Congress tackled the issue. The federal Civil Rights Act was based largely on California's Unruh Civil Rights Act of 1959, which prohibited discrimination in housing, employment and other areas.

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CALL 2-1-1

2-1-1 is a free service for Californians to provide them with access to current community, health and disaster information 24 hours a day. 2-1-1 is also a central resource for community information during and after disasters.

It is free, confidential and available in English, Spanish and over 150 other languages.

Like 9-1-1 for emergency services, 2-1-1 has been set aside nationally by the Federal Communications Commission for the public to more easily access community information.

Californians can call 2-1-1 for free assistance on issues like substance abuse, domestic violence, shelter, food, legal, financial, children, senior programs and mental health services. Callers are connected with trained 2-1-1 operators who can provide a comprehensive assessment of their needs and refer them to a variety of local services.

The mission of 2-1-1 California is to ensure that California develops the statewide infrastructure and support necessary to ensure quality 2-1-1 services for everyone.

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July 17th - Senior Scam Stoppers Seminar: 10AM-12PM – Moreno Valley Senior Center, 25075 Fir Avenue, Moreno Valley, CA 92553.

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I was honored to participate in the signing ceremony for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year State Budget, which included $15 million in continuous and ongoing funds for the UC Riverside School of Medicine. It is a historic time for our region and the health of our families.

I met the dance group Grupo Folklorico Maya during the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Statue Unveiling in Riverside.


I had the pleasure of taking a tour of SolarCity in Riverside. SolarCity provides full-service solar power systems for homes, businesses and governments. The operations crew was in an all-day safety training, so I was able to see training in action.(L-R:) Dan Chia, Ruben Ojeda, Lucy Camarillo, Assemblymember Jose Medina, Margaret Gladstein, James Cahill, and Juan Lopez.

The Mead Valley/Perris Municipal Advisory Council visited my 61st Assembly District Perris Satellite Office Open House.


I was lucky to have Joseph Hart intern in my Sacramento office through the LegiSchool Project. He is a senior at C.K. McClatchy High School and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

I enjoyed visiting with students and their families at my Perris Office Open House!

With great pride, we celebrate Edith Jacqueline Gonzalez’s graduation from the University of California, Davis. She is the first college graduate in her family and interned with the Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee. She attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a minor in English.

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