June 2013 Medina Report



Many strides have been made for the UC Riverside School of Medicine. Assembly Bill 27 successfully passed out of the Assembly with a unanimous vote and will now be considered by the Senate. Additionally, Senator Richard Roth and I successfully placed funding for the UC Riverside Medical School into the Fiscal Year 2013 - 2014 California State Budget Bill. We continue to fight for the support we need and our region deserves!

Legislators and the Governor need to understand the community support for the UC Riverside School of Medicine. Hundreds of constituents have voiced their support for AB 27 to fully fund the UC Riverside School of Medicine. Please click here if you would like to support the bill.

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Jose Medina
Assemblymember, 61st District



Assemblymember Medina’s Bill to Fund UC Riverside Medical School Closer to Fruition

AB 27 was approved by the California State Assembly on May 29 with a unanimous bipartisan vote. The measure will ensure Inland Empire residents receive access to affordable and basic health care.

Over the past 40 years, the population in Riverside County has increased from 500,000 residents to over two million--driving up the demand for health care.

AB 27 will ensure that the UC Riverside School of Medicine is able to prepare the next generation of doctors and researchers.

AB 27 was previously approved by both the Assembly Committee on Higher Education and Appropriations. The measure will now be considered in the Senate.
Additionally, Senator Richard D. Roth and I successfully placed funding for the UC Riverside Medical School into the Fiscal Year 2013 - 2014 California State Budget Bill.

The UC Riverside Medical School budget line item was passed by Assembly Budget Subcommittee 2 and Senate Budget Subcommittee 1. The subcommittees approved budget language placing $15 million of continuous funding into the state budget bill.

Placing the UC Riverside Medical School into the budget is a critical step forward. We are facing a crisis today and that will get much worse as the demand for health care professionals increases with implementation of the national Affordable Care Act.

With the budget language in both the Senate and Assembly versions of the proposed budget, continuous funding for the UC Riverside Medical School will be in the final version of the budget that goes to the Governor for his signature.

The Constitutional deadline for the Legislature to pass the budget bill is midnight, June 15, 2013. The Governor decides on budget bill vetoes and signs the Budget Act and budget trailer bills prior to July 1, 2013 when California’s fiscal year begins.

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Assemblymember Medina Honors Teachers

The 61st Assembly District Teachers of the Year (left to right): Richard Steffen, Poly High School choir director; Blanca Garcia, Poly High School Spanish teacher; Esther Andrews, retired RUSD teacher and administrator; and Tommy Stokes, Moreno Valley High School AVID teacher and Riverside County Teacher of the Year.

It is my privilege to honor five outstanding educators as the 61st Assembly District’s Teachers of the Year (in alphabetical order): Esther Andrews, Blanca Garcia, Lan Noble, Richard Steffen, and Tommy Stokes. These teachers are being recognized for their outstanding service as educators in the community.

Esther Andrews is a retired elementary school teacher for the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) and has a genuine commitment and compassion for children and families. For over 40 years, Andrews has been a consistent and effective advocate on behalf of youth in Riverside. Beginning as an elementary school teacher in the 1960’s, Andrews helped RUSD break down the barrier of segregation and as a result, opened up futures for many generations of minority children for years to come. She continued her groundbreaking work on behalf of children as the Administrator of Head Start for RUSD for 15 years.

Blanca Garcia has been a teacher at Riverside Poly High School since 2001. Garcia has taught Spanish 1, 2, 3 Honors and Spanish 4 in the Foreign Language Department. Garcia also taught World Literature for English Language Learners. She graduated from San Diego State University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a minor in Linguistics. She received her master’s in Education and Single Subject Credential from National University in 2001. Being an educator is not just a career for Garcia, it is her passion.

Lan Noble is a teacher at Perris High School. Noble is an English Language Arts teacher and this past month, the Perris High School student body elected him as the 2013 English Learner Teacher of the Year. After graduating from Hemet High, he received a bachelor's degree at UCSD in World Literature, a master's in Social Science at CSUSB, and a teaching credential at Chapman University.

Richard Steffen is choir director at Poly High School in Riverside. Steffen has been teaching for over 29 years and is retiring in June. Recently, Steffen was surprised with a concert performance in celebration of his excellent teaching with over 90 of his students, mostly alumni. Parents and students have said Steffen instilled an appreciation and love of music through his teaching.

Tommy Stokes is a 9th and 12th grade A.V.I.D. (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher at Moreno Valley High School in the Moreno Valley Unified School District. Stokes was recently recognized as Riverside County Teacher of the Year for 2013. Stokes has been a teacher for 14 years. He has a bachelor’s degree from Cal State San Bernardino, and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University. Stokes is a member of the Moreno Valley Educators Association and a tutor for the A.V.I.D. program; a college readiness system designed to help students graduate from high school and be successful in college.

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JuneteenthJuneteenth is a day in which we commemorate the ending of slavery. June 19 will mark the 147th anniversary of the freeing of slaves at the close of the Civil War. While Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom, it also emphasizes education and achievement.

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Sober GradJune is Sober Graduation Month. The program was established by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and has been recognized nationally and internationally as an effective anti-driving-under-the-influence program that targets high school seniors and raises their awareness about the dangers of drinking while driving.

Be safe while celebrating all of your accomplishments and congratulations to the Class of 2013!

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Save Lives Give BloodWe donate blood when the state or nation sees a tangible need, after a disaster or an attack, or during war. Blood continues, however, to be needed each and every day for any number of reasons such as illness, surgery, transfusion, burns, hemophilia, etc. Blood must be continually donated as it has a shelf life of only seven days, so there is a constant need for donors.

World Blood Donor Day is held annually on June 14 to raise awareness about the continued need for blood. Volunteer donors contribute nearly all of the blood used for patient care in the United States and every two seconds, someone needs blood.

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June 15, 2013 - Live Well Perris Health Fair: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. – Perris City Hall, 101 N. D Street, Perris.

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My field representative LaShé Rodriquez and I enjoyed meeting with Zacatecas owner, Jon Medina and Former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso.


It was a pleasure to speak to the Assembly Fellows at Capitol Park in Sacramento.


It was an honor to speak to EAOP, MESA and Puente students at the 8th Annual Student Leadership Forum.


My staff recognized the recipients of the PTSA Honorary Service Awards in Riverside. Pictured are (left to right): Mickey McDonald, Mike Cardey, Linda Martinez, Field Representative Sabrina Cervantes and Leslie Thomas. Congratulations to all of the recipients.


I attended the Fruit and Veggie Festival 2013 at Rio Rancho Market in Perris to celebrate the Live Well Perris Program. With me are (from left to right) Juan Alvarado, Manager of Rio Rancho Market, Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley, Perris Mayor Daryl Busch, Perris Councilmember Julio Rodriguez and wonderful community volunteers dressed as fruits and vegetables.


Riverside City College student Vanessa Hernández joined me on the Assembly Floor for Foster Youth Shadow Day.


Welcoming students from the JW North High School Law Enforcement Academy to the Assembly floor.


I met with members of Riverside NAACP in my office in Sacramento.

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