May 2017 Medina Messenger


Dear Friends,

May is a month to reflect upon the atrocities of the past. The Holocaust Day of Remembrance is when the Assembly honors survivors and their families throughout California. The end of May is also Memorial Day, where we remember the men and women who lost their lives defending our nation and its values.

Remembering is important, but it’s also easy. Action is harder. Lessons from the past only improve our future when we remember them and act. If we truly wish to honor the fallen, we must act against injustices to make our communities a better place.

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



Day of the TeacherDay of the Teacher will be observed this year on May 10. California’s celebration is patterned after the traditional “El Dia del Maestro” festivities observed in Mexico and other Latin American countries.

When people are asked which adult influenced them the most, the response is typically either a parent or a teacher. Day of the Teacher is meant to honor and celebrate the lasting contributions that teachers make in the lives of millions of Californians.  

I will celebrate California’s Day of the Teacher with a luncheon to honor six teachers within the 61st Assembly District for their exemplary work and spirit of commitment to their students and community. The honorees are: Daniel Holm (Moreno Valley High School), Maria Garcia (University Heights Middle School), Sally Schierbeck-Kim (Towngate Elementary School), Gary Miller (Perris Lake High School), Katherine Sandoval (Rainbow Ridge Elementary), and Kathy Pitchford (Longfellow Elementary School). 


Holocaust Memorial DayHolocaust Memorial Day, also known as the Day of Remembrance is on Monday, May 15 this year.

If we want a peaceful and progressive future, we must remember the lessons of the past. This observance allows younger generations to learn about the atrocities and the denial of basic human rights that have occurred throughout history.

This year, I honored Suzanne Coppel, a Holocaust survivor, whose family found refuge from the Schutzstaffel (SS) in France and escaped war-torn Europe after WWII. She now resides in Riverside with her husband, Warner. To read her family’s story, please visit my website.



You start it, we match it.

Saving for your college can be overwhelming. But the truth is you can start small and ScholarShare will help.

ScholarShare is a state-sponsored 529 savings plan that helps families prepare for college expenses. The program is available to any citizen or taxpayer and just about anyone can contribute.

This May 25, 2017, if you open a new 529 college savings plan account with $50 and commit to monthly contributions of $25 or more, ScholarShare will match your initial $50 contribution. Every little bit helps.

Click here to learn more about ScholarShare and start saving for your child’s future.


Memorial DayMay 29 is Memorial Day, when we honor through memory, the men and women who lost their lives defending our nation.

Please see the community calendar to learn about Memorial Day events in the district, such as the West Coast Thunder XVIII Memorial Day Bike Run. 



When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to seek treatment. We start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention. So why don’t we do the same for individuals who are dealing with potentially serious mental illness?

The month of May has been designated Mental Health Awareness Month.  I want to encourage everyone to learn the signs, ask for help if needed, address symptoms early, and plan an appropriate course of action as a path toward overall health.

Effective intervention during the early stages of mental illness can save lives and dramatically help people living with mental illnesses. Simply put, prevention, early identification, intervention, and integrated services work. Click here to find some resources to find help for yourself, your friends, your family, or your students. 

Contact my office to learn more at 951-369-6644.


Got Diapers?Despite being critical to the health and hygiene of young children, diapers are not covered by state and federal assistance such as CalFresh, the Women Infant and Children program (WIC) or Medi-Cal. Diapers cost up to $100 per child every month or more depending on where a family is able to purchase them. In many places, the only source of diapers is through food banks or other charities.  When diapers are unaffordable, their cost creates a barrier between parents and gainful employment.

To address this need, Assembly offices are collecting diapers until May 14, which will be used by throughout our community.

Contact my office to learn how to donate at 951-369-6644.

Community Calendar of Events

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


  • Monday, May 29  - West Coast Thunder XVIII Memorial Day Bike Run
    Each year over 7,500 motorcyclists pack the street of Indiana Avenue in Riverside, California to celebrate the tradition of West Coast Thunder. Riders will honor our military with an opening ceremony and then roll to the Riverside National Cemetery to place flags for our fallen heroes.

    6 – 9:11 a.m.
    Riverside Harley Davidson
    7688 Indiana Ave.
    Riverside, CA 92507

For a current list of events, please check the events page on my website


Assemblymember Cervantes’ and my office celebrate the anniversary with Riverside Transit Authority staff.

Congratulations to the Riverside Transit Authority on the anniversary of their 40th year of service. Here field representatives from Assemblymember Cervantes’ and my office celebrate the anniversary with Riverside Transit Authority staff.


Secretary of State Alex Padilla

Team Medina visited John W. North High School in support of the ‘Pre-register to Vote’ program. This program would allow 16 and 17 year olds to pregister, so that when they turned 18, they are automatically registered to vote.  The program is a great way to grow civic engagement among young voters. Here supporting the program are District Director Jorrel Verella with Secretary of State Alex Padilla. 

Julie Chávez Rodriguez

Team Medina celebrated César Chávez’s legacy at the César Chávez Breakfast with his granddaughter Julie Chávez Rodriguez. Here (left to right) are Field Representative Cesar Gomez; Field Representative Tiffany Tran; State Director for Senator Harris Julie Chávez Rodriguez; and Senior Field Representative Carmen Cuevas.