June 2017 Medina Messenger

Dear Friends,

As a former teacher, I always associate June as graduation month, where we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. Team Medina had the opportunity to meet with many talented students throughout the 61st assembly district, such as the CyberPatriot Teams from Canyon Springs and Valley View High Schools. I was also delighted to honor several teachers from our district during the Day of the Teacher Luncheon held in May.

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


2017 Gabriel Acosta Memorial Journalism and Communications Workshop
Youth Advisory Committee Applications
Corinthians College Loan Cancellations
Community Calendar of Events
Legislative Update 
Capitol Congrats
Team Medina in Action
New Website Features



The Journalism and Communications Workshop is designed for high school and community college students interested in communications. Participants will learn fundamental communications and critical thinking skills to prepare them for advance study or careers in media. The workshop encourages involvement by providing knowledge and perspective on a variety of topics including: Photography/ videography, business and professional communication, editing, public speaking, journalism, media literacies, television, social media and radio news.

For more information and to register, click here.


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 click here to access the 2017-2018 school year application, 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 click here for more information or call my office (951) 369-6644.


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

  • Sunday, June 11  – Santa Ana River Trail Bike Ride and Festival

    The Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District, City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department will be hosting the inaugural Santa Ana River Trail Bike Ride & Festival. This event will begin with a bike ride starting at Ryan Bonaminio Park and going to Hidden Valley Nature Center, with a pit stop along the way at Martha McLean Park. Water, snacks, and crafts will be hosted at each of the three locations!

    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Ryan Bonaminio Park
    5000 Tequesquite Ave.
    Riverside, CA 92506
  • 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.


Cultural Identity: A name is intimately tied to history, family, tradition, and ultimately, identity. It is important that vital documents accurately reflect a person's name. I introduced AB 82 to reauthorize the use of diacritical marks (like the é in José) on vital records, such as birth certificates, just like California used to before 1986. This bill will soon be heard in the Senate Health Committee.

Environment: When development projects obtain 15% of voter signatures, they qualify for the local ballot. When this happens, the city council can hold an election, which is expensive, or approve the proposal. This allows some projects to gain approval without environmental review, which can damage the health of our communities. We have benefitted from environmental protection laws over the years. It's important to preserve the progress we have made, which is why I introduced AB 890, to protect our communities. This bill will soon be heard in both the Senate Environmental Quality and the Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committees.

Higher Education: As Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, I strongly believe that education is key to personal empowerment and community transformation. This year, I authored a package of bills aimed to improve fairness and equity at community colleges (AB 204, AB 504, and AB 637). These bills will next be heard in the Senate Education Committee.

Judgeships: Both Riverside and San Bernardino County have a desperate need for more judges. Trials courts in both counties have only 60 percent  of needed judges, which will worsen as the population continues to grow.  I authored AB 414 to address this issue and protect the public's right to timely access to justice. This bill will soon be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Congratulations to teachers honored at the Day of the Teacher Luncheon for their dedication to student achievement. From left to right: Ms. Sally Schierbeck-Kim, Mr. Gary Miller, Assemblymember Jose Medina, Mrs. Kathy Pitchford, and Mrs. Maria Garcia

It was my pleasure to recognize Ruben and Lupe Avila on the Assembly Floor for Lupus Awareness Month. Ruben and Avila lost their daughter, Maya, to the disease and have honored her memory by organizing events throughout the district to raise lupus awareness and raise money to support educational scholarships.


Team Medina joined instructors Donna Woods, Chris Lorenz, and their impressive students from the Canyon Springs and Valley View High School CyberPatriot team at their banquet and celebration.

Team Medina enjoyed a visit to Axxis Corp in Perris, which produces quality machine parts for several industries including the aerospace and medical devices sector.

Team Medina joined fellow community members in support of workers and immigrants at the May Day March in Riverside.

District Director Jorrel Verella attended the 10thAnnual Young Men's Conference with the students he mentors from Abraham Lincoln High School.


Check out a new website feature – city highlights for Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris. For each city, we have their summer activity booklet for classes, events, and programs. Click here to check it out!