March 2014 Medina Report


March is Women’s History Month. To commemorate this celebration, I have named local Riverside resident, Ofelia Valdez-Yeager as the Woman of the Year for the 61st Assembly District. Ofelia’s biography below outlines the outstanding work she has done for the community. Join me in congratulating Ofelia Valdez-Yeager.

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




Jose Medina
Assemblymember, 61st District

Ofelia Valdez-Yeager Named 2014 Woman of the Year

Award is Part of Annual Women’s History Month Celebration

The reception honoring the Woman of the Year for the 61st Assembly District (LtoR): Assemblymember Jose Medina, Republican Minority Leader, Connie Conway, Ofelia Valdez-Yeager, Speaker John A. Pérez, and Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus.

I was pleased to honor local Riverside resident Ofelia Valdez-Yeager as the 2014 Woman of the Year for the 61st Assembly District for her extensive and heartfelt community service and outreach. Her tireless commitment to the community and the entire Inland Empire is both inspiring and humbling.

Ofelia Valdez-Yeager is an active community member who advocates for the needs of children and families in the greater Riverside area. She was elected to the Riverside Unified School District Board of Trustees in 1992; her first publicly elected position and the first Latina ever elected to the local school board. She went on to serve as its Vice President and to extend her city commitments with a part-time position as administrative assistant to the Mayor, focusing on youth, education and crime issues. She also served as the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Riverside Unified School District. Ofelia retired as the Chief Administrative Liaison to the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools in 2010. She currently serves as the President of the Latino Network, a non-profit group addressing the needs of the Latino community. She chaired the committee which successfully raised over $450,000 to create the Cesar E. Chavez memorial statue located in downtown Riverside commemorating his work.

The annual event has been a Capitol tradition since 1987 as a way to highlight the achievements of outstanding women and inspire young women throughout the state during Women’s History Month.

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Community Coffee in Moreno Valley

On Saturday, February 22, I hosted a Community Coffee at Margarita’s Grill in Moreno Valley. It was a successful event with 20 community members in attendance. Members of the community had the opportunity to express their legislative concerns and issues. Some positive comments were made in regards to the Governor’s new local control funding formula for K-12, as Moreno Valley Unified will receive the much needed funding for its underserved students. Some concerns were raised about city issues regarding bus routes, senior transportation, and public safety and appropriate referrals were made to ensure everyone’s concerns were addressed. Ultimately, community members continued to show their appreciation for the open dialogue with my office and staff.

I was pleased to meet with Mr. Victor Roman DeLeón from Moreno Valley.

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Read Across America

The National Education Association (NEA) initially created the Read Across America Day program as a one-day event to celebrate reading on the anniversary of the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

It has become a program that promotes reading every day throughout the year.

Reading is a fundamental skill that is the cornerstone of a life of academic success as well as a fulfilling adult life. The ability to learn about new subjects, to find necessary information on issues ranging from health problems and consumer protection, and to pursue academic research in science and the arts, depends upon the ability to read.
The frequency and regularity of reading independently has a direct correlation to the level of reading skills. The more a person reads, the better they become at reading and learning.

Thank you to Ms. Roberts and her 2nd grade students from Arlene Hein Elementary School for allowing me to share my favorite book, Tomás and the Library Lady, with them on Read Across America Day.

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Celebrating Women's History Month

Each March, during Women’s History Month, we acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of those who helped improve the status of women in America.

Women throughout American history have fought for their rights. Abigail Adams asked John Adams, “What about the ladies, where is our right to vote?”

Since then, women of all ages and classes have organized petition campaigns, lobbied, canvassed voters, staged parades, ran for office, argued court cases and broke new ground in every field imaginable, irrevocably changing the world of today’s woman. Today’s woman is the living legacy of equal rights achieved non-violently and against all odds. Today, women are the doctors who save our lives, the educators who teach our children and the scientists and engineers who develop new technologies.

There is, however, much more left to be done.

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Perris Office Hours

When: Every Thursday, 9am - 4pm
Where: Perris Sheriff Station, 137 N. Perris Blvd., Perris, CA 92570
What: Bring any questions or concerns every Thursday during office hours

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March 2014

March 21 – Covered California Enrollment Event

Riverside Neighborhood Health Center 7140 Indiana Ave., Riverside 92504
10 am – 2 pm

You must bring the following documents to the enrollment event:

  • Photo ID
  • Tax return 2013 or 2014
  • Social security #’s of ALL enrollees
  • Employer or Income information( W-2, 1099, year-end income for veterans benefits, workers comp, SSI, & disability)

March 31 - 13th Annual Cesar E. Chavez 5K Walk/Run - UC Riverside

7:30 am to 12 pm - Chicano Student Programs Phone: (951) 827-3821

7:30 am - Registration
8:30 am - 5K Run/Walk
9:30 am - 1K Kid's Run (Children 12 & under)
10:00 am  Awards Ceremony
 * Community Service Fair * 7:30 - 11:00 am

For more information on upcoming events, please call my office at 951-369-6644.

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Around The District And The Capitol

I was pleased to meet with members of the Youth Advisory Committee at the 3rd Annual LULAC Community Health Fair. (LtoR) Carmen Cuevas, Lauren Adkins, myself, Matthew Dunham and Genevie Hernández

It was a privilege to attend the 14th Annual War Dog Remembrance Day at March Field Air Museum which paid tribute to canines and their handlers who served overseas in battle to protect the public at home. (LtoR) Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff, SrA. Kristian Robles-Cruz, his canine, and myself.

It was an honor to meet with former Mayor of San Francisco and Speaker of the State Assembly, Willie Brown alongside my colleagues on the Assembly floor.

I was proud to be a part of the 35th Annual Black History Parade in Riverside.

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