May 2013 Medina Report



It was wonderful to see so many of you (over 300 in attendance) at our recent Covered California Town Hall in Riverside. Thank you for helping to make it such a special and informative event.

The 2013 legislative session is in full swing with hundreds of bills making their way through both the Assembly and Senate. I am continuing to fight for $15 million in annual state funding for the UC Riverside School of Medicine. In the last month, I have participated in countless meetings, presented legislation in front of Assembly committees, and spoke at a press conference regarding the UC Riverside School of Medicine. It is my top priority and I will continue to raise the issue anywhere I can.

Hundreds of constituents have already voiced their support for AB 27 to fully fund the UC Riverside School of Medicine. Please click here if you would like to support AB 27.

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


Jose Medina
Assemblymember, 61st District



Assemblymember Medina and the California Medical Association Unite to Address Funding the UC Riverside School of Medicine.

I was joined with legislators, medical students, and physicians to advocate for the UC Riverside School of Medicine at a press conference on the steps of the Capitol.

On April 16, fellow legislators, medical students, physicians, and I united at a press conference to discuss the doctor and workforce shortage in California. To address this challenge, I authored AB 27, which will allocate $15 million annually in state funds to operate and expand the UC Riverside School of Medicine.

AB 27 will ensure that the UC Riverside School of Medicine is able to prepare the next generation of doctors and researchers. Helping communities build stronger health care systems is smart economics and will benefit the people of the 61st Assembly District and the region by increasing access to quality health care for all residents.

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 health care. There is currently a shortage of doctors in the region and with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act this emergency situation is going to turn catastrophic if we do not act now.

Most recently, I presented before the Assembly Budget Subcommittee 2 on Higher Education to advocate for state funding for the UCR School of Medicine. I felt my request was well received and the demand for critically needed healthcare was understood. It is still a long road before final approval, but I believe we can get the funding the school needs and our region deserves!

For more information on the proposal and to view the "Behind the Bill," click here.


Assemblymember Medina Honors Women

Reception honoring the Women of the Year for the 61st Assembly District (starting from the left): Dr. Judy White, Concepción Rivera, and Norma Carrillo.

I am proud to honor three leading women of the Inland Empire who have been recognized as the 61st Assembly District Women of the Year for their extensive community service and outreach (in alphabetical order): Norma Carrillo, Concepción Rivera, and Dr. Judy White. They serve as distinguished members of the community and vital role models and educators for youth in the region.

Norma Carrillo serves as an English Language Arts instructor at Perris High School in the Perris Union High School District. As well, she serves as the Lead for the English Learners Program, is a Coordinator of the English Learners Advisory Committee, Advisor for the MEChA Club, and mentor for the Miss Panthers programs for at-risk teen girls, to name a few. Norma Carrillo is recognized as Woman of the Year for the City of Perris.

Concepción Rivera is considered by many to be the First Lady of the University of California, Riverside for the ways she has carried on the legacy of her husband, the late Tomas Rivera, the first Chicano Chancellor in the UC system. She has been an advocate for underrepresented citizens and active in many community events and causes. Concepción Rivera was a leading force in making the UC Riverside California Museum of Photography a reality and served as Executive Director of the museum for several years. Concepción Rivera is recognized as Woman of the Year for the City of Riverside.

Dr. Judy White is an experienced, respected educator and administrator and the Superintendent for Moreno Valley Unified School District. Under her leadership, the Moreno Valley Unified District conducted district-wide Back to School events and Community Career Days, established a formal "Adopt a School" program for local businesses and organizations and Gift of Time Volunteer program to increase volunteers on campus. Dr. Judy White is recognized as Woman of the Year for the City of Moreno Valley.


Assemblymember Medina Welcomes Community to Town Hall


Participants learned about Covered California and the Affordable Care Act at our Town Hall event.

On Thursday, April 25th, we co-hosted a town hall at the UC Riverside Extension Center in Riverside with Senator Richard Roth and Covered California. Community leaders, stakeholders, friends, and neighbors attended the event to learn the rights, benefits and choices provided by the Affordable Care Act and what Covered California can do.


The town hall was a great success with over 300 guests attending the event. The attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and received valuable information on the California Health Benefit Exchange, in which California was the first state to create a Health Benefit Exchange following the passage of the federal health care reform.


Cinco de Mayo marks the day Mexico first defeated the French in battle and began the effort to drive them out of the country to avoid colonization. Today, both Americans and Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

On Cinco de Mayo, we honored the valiant spirit of the brave Mexicans who defeated the French in the town of Puebla, and we also honored the Mexican Americans, especially in California, who have fought and died defending the freedom of the United States of America.


This year, the Day of the Teacher will be observed on Wednesday, May 8. It is based on "El Dia Del Maestra," a celebration of teachers in Mexico. This day is unique to California and events are held to honor, celebrate and recognize the lasting contributions that teachers make in the lives of millions of Californians.

Education has played a major role in my life. Before being elected to serve as your Assemblymember, I served as a teacher for the Riverside Unified School District for over 35 years.

The Day of the Teacher is an excellent time for us to thank teachers who bring the joy of reading, the wonders of science, the logic of mathematics, the mastery of history, and the value of fair play to our children, while also working to instill honesty, manners, responsibility, sportsmanship and respect for others.

Please join me in rallying our community to support and thank our teachers.


Each Memorial Day, Americans remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Since the first colonial soldiers took up arms in 1775 to fight for independence, more than a million American service members have died in the wars and conflicts this nation has fought.

Memorial Day is a time to reflect and remember those who gave all in defense of our country. These individuals put their personal identity aside for the sake of a greater call to serve. The freedom we enjoy in the United States, and in California—to live as we choose, worship as we please, and to dissent—have been paid for by the lives of those we honor.

MAY 2013

  • May 18th - Riverside City College Veterans 5K – Race registration will be from 6-7:45a.m. in Wheelock Stadium, Riverside City College campus, 4800 Magnolia Ave. Riverside.


My district office staff and I participated as a team in the 12th Annual Cesar Chavez 5k at UC Riverside.

I met with Arlington High School students taking part in Latina Action Day in Sacramento.

It was a pleasure to speak with constituents at the Riverside Community College Arts Gala honoring visual and performing student artists from Moreno Valley, Norco and Riverside.

State Controller John Chiang joined me and other elected at the Covered California Town Hall, a special forum on California's new health care marketplace for Inland Empire community leaders and key stakeholders.

UC Riverside CalPIRG students visited my office in Sacramento.

I had the opportunity to tour the March Air Reserve Base and experience the 163rd Field Training Detachment, watching MQ-1 Predator training on the screen.