March 2018 Medina Messenger
February was a busy month for Team Medina and we have a lot coming up in March! The 2018 legislative session is now well underway and I am proud to have introduced several new bills to help improve our community and the state. Detailed in this newsletter is an overview of the bills I have introduced, as well as upcoming opportunities and district events.
As always, if you have questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office. It is a privilege to be your representative for the 61st Assembly District.
Assemblymember, 61st District
IN THIS ISSUE
- 50th Anniversary of the East LA Student Walkouts
- Assembly District 61 Women of Distinction 2018
- 2018 Legislation
- California Earned Income Tax Credit
- Upcoming Events
- Team Medina in Action
From March 1 through 8, 1968 more than 15,000 Latino students from high schools in Los Angeles walked out of their classrooms to protest systemic racism and inequity in their public schools. These walkouts sparked a critical movement and helped foster systemic changes in our schools for minorities. However, many of the changes have not come fast enough. 50 years later, many of the same issues persist as the cultures and histories of minority students are often not reflected in curriculum. The anniversary of the walkouts serves as a reminder of how much work has been done in California to improve the lives of underrepresented students, but also highlights the impetus, amidst our current national climate, to fight harder to ensure we achieve educational equity for all students.
AD 61 WOMEN OF DISTINCTION 2018
Each year I have been in office, I have had the honor of recognizing inspiring women from the 61st Assembly District. These women are fierce leaders, change-makers, active organizers, passionate advocates, and supportive team members that work to make our community a better place. I am proud to recognize the women listed below as AD 61's outstanding 2018 Women of Distinction.
I am excited to share my legislative package for 2018. Below is a brief overview of the bills I have introduced this year to help improve our community and the state.
AB 93: Strengthens supervisor qualifications and responsibilities for marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and professional clinical counselors. This ensures patients can access qualified mental health professionals and obtain the services they need.
AB 310: Requires community college districts to publicize on their district website the provision of paid part-time office hours. This would help students make informed decisions about their education with the understanding of how much support is available to them.
AB 1887: Would authorize any pupil attending a California public secondary school who is under the age of 18, including a person without lawful immigration status, to serve on any board or commission.
AB 2012: Would close the loophole to ensure part-time community college faculty regardless of type of differential pay system receive no less than 50% of his or her regular salary for the remaining portion of the 12 workweek period of parental leave.
AB 2666: Would require the Department of Motor Vehicles, Employment Development Department, California Community College and California Department of Education to enter into an interagency agreement in order to obtain the most accurate data for wage outcomes of students. AB 2666 would also prohibit the information made available by the DMV and EDD from being used for any other purpose.
AB 2722: Would modify existing “California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program” to instead establish the “California Military Department GI Bill,” allowing service members to more quickly access financial aid to achieve a higher education.
AB 2756: Tightens up existing private school law to ensure homeschools have the same level of oversight. AB 2756 would also collect more information on the nature of private school settings by adding a field to the Private School Affidavit.
AB 2772: Will require ethnic studies be a requirement to graduate 9-12th graders. The requirement will begin 2023-2024 school year.
AB 2933: Establishes a county liaison as a point of contact for higher education counselors in order to provide students with greater access to social, health and mental health services.
AB 3023: Allows the posting of environmental review documents to the lead agency websites or to the State Clearinghouse and provides guidelines for review of environmental documents during the public comment period.
CALIFORNIA EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT (CalEITC)
The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is now bigger and better!
This cash-back credit is designed to put money in the pockets of low-income working families and individuals. Claiming this credit is easy. Eligible taxpayers just need to file a state tax return. Many more families are now eligible for the credit.
Starting with the 2017 tax year, families earning up to $22,300 may qualify for CalEITC, which is a dramatic increase of the upper income limit over past years. Plus, for the first time, those who earned self-employment income in 2017 may qualify.
If you do not owe taxes, CalEITC will provide you with a tax refund when you file your return. If you owe taxes, CalEITC reduces the amount of taxes you might owe and may allow you a refund when you file your taxes.
Free help is available at free tax return prep sites around the state from now until Tax Day in April. To find free tax prep location near you, please visit my website.
UPCOMING DISTRICT EVENTS
For questions about community events, please contact my office at: (951) 369-6644.
Free Screening of Dolores – The Movie
Friday, March 30 - 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 - 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts
3834 Main Street
I have partnered with UCR ARTSblock to host free screenings of Dolores – The Movie, the story of civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. Dolores Huerta played a pivotal role in establishing the statewide movement for rights of farm workers. Without her efforts, the historic Farmworkers’ Overtime Bill (AB 1066), which I co-authored, would not have been possible.
No RSVP required, but space is limited. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the screening. For more information please call my office or visit my website.
TEAM MEDINA IN ACTION
National School Counselor Week, Feb. 5 - 9, 2018
I was honored to be recognized as the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling’s "Legislator of the Year" during National School Counseling Week.
I also had the privilege of honoring Jeff Ream, School Counselor at North Tahoe High School, as “Counselor of the Year” for his dedication to serving students & commitment to the counseling profession.
University of California Celebrates its 150th Anniversary
I had the opportunity to welcome University of California President, Janet Napolitano, and Chancellors to the State Capitol. I look forward to working closely with the UC this year to ensure our students have access to an affordable, world class higher education.
Representing UC Riverside with Chancellor Kim Wilcox. Go Highlanders!
Great things are happening at my alma mater, UC Riverside! I was proud to speak at the launch of UCR School of Public Policy’s new Center for Social Innovation. The Center will help foster innovation in the Inland Empire through research on policy, economic development, and civic engagement.
I had the honor of recognizing two amazing UCR students, Mina Hanin and Andrew Eneim, for their research achievements at the UC Research Showcase. The students’ demonstrations at the showcase have me confident that California’s future is in good hands.
AVID students from Riverside Poly High School, where I was a former teacher, came to visit me at the Capitol. I had such a wonderful time showing them around – they asked such great questions!
I had the pleasure of swearing in new members at the Latino Network Board Installation.
Team Medina at Work
Team Medina wore red at the Capitol on Feb. 7 in support of Heart Health Awareness Day. From L to R: Vatana Martinez, Kelly Reynolds, Erica Costa, Asm. Jose Medina, Robert Boykin, Kierra Paul, Mishaal Gill, and Jeanice Warden.
Jorrel Verella of Team Medina attends “Tacos & Taxes” event in Perris hosted in partnership with CalETIC.