September 2017 Medina Messenger

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During the month of September, we honor our workers, remember the tragic events of September 11th, and celebrate the founding of the United States Air Force.

On Labor Day, we proudly honor the American labor movement and the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of our country.

During this month, we also remind ourselves to never forget those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 – the day our nation suffered one of the worst terrorist attacks in its history.

Lastly, on September 18th, we mark the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the United States Air Force. I would like to wish the Air Force and all of its members a very happy birthday, especially those serving at the March Air Reserve Base today!

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.


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Jose Medina
Assemblymember, 61st District



Labor Day

The Labor Movement is important to the United States and California; it is a pillar of the middle class in America. Workers’ rights are not an accident, they were achieved by hard work and raising awareness. We should remember that without the labor movement, there would not be an 8-hour workday, a 40-hour work week, workplace rules, child labor laws, or anti-discrimination laws.

To celebrate Labor Day, this year I will be joining the IE Building and Construction Trade Council AFL-CIO Labor Day Pancake Breakfast.

I stand with California’s working families on Labor Day and will, as always, work to ensure the continued survival of the rights that labor fought so hard to win for the workers of our state and the nation. 

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Air Bag Recall

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Under the oversight of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 19 automakers are recalling vehicles with certain types of driver and passenger airbag inflators.

These inflators are at risk of rupturing in the event of even a minor accident. Airbag ruptures have sprayed shrapnel into drivers and passengers – resulting in at least 11 deaths in the U.S. and hundreds of injuries.

The NHTSA has ordered automakers to prioritize replacing airbag inflators in older vehicles that have spent time in places with persistent heat and high absolute humidity.
Research performed by NHTSA shows if your vehicle has spent time in a place with high heat and high humidity, you might be at greater risk.

Millions of defective airbags will be replaced for free, and free towing may also be available. For more information or to check if your car is affected, go to this website

California Property Tax Postponement Program

Assemblyman Jose Medina September Messenger Property Tax graphicThe PTP Program allows eligible homeowners to postpone payment of property taxes on a primary residence.                                        

To be eligible for PTP, you must:

  • Be at least age 62, blind, or have a disability;
  • Own and occupy the home as your primary place of residence;
  • Have a total household income of $35,500 or less; and
  • Have at least 40 percent equity in the property

The interest rate for taxes postponed under PTP is 7 percent per year. Funding for the program is limited, and applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Only current-year property taxes are eligible for postponement.                          

Repayment under the PTP Program becomes due when the homeowner:

  • Moves or sells the property;
  • Transfers title or refinances;
  • Defaults on a senior lien;
  • Dies; or
  • Obtains a reverse mortgage.

More details are available on the State Controller’s website.

Raising Dystonia Awareness 

Assemblyman Jose Medina September Messenger Brain Foundation GraphicSeptember is Dystonia Awareness Month. Dystonia is characterized by persistent or intermittent muscle contractions that cause abnormal, often repetitive, movements, or postures. As many as 250,000 people in the United States have Dystonia, making it the third most common movement disorder behind essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease.

Even though presently there is no cure for dystonia, multiple treatment options are available. These treatments help lessen the symptoms of muscle spasms, pain, and awkward postures. Dystonia support groups are growing and provide local opportunities for information, camaraderie, and community action.

Additional information regarding symptoms, FAQ or treatment can be requested here.

UC Riverside R’Pantry

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R'Pantry is UC Riverside's campus food pantry. It was established in 2015 as a direct response to the need among students for resources to fight food deficits.

In order to support student success, R'Pantry works to:

  • Provide emergency nonperishable and ready-to-eat food, along with personal care items including hygiene and household items
  • Provide child care items to student parents
  • Connect students to on- and off-campus food resources, including CalFresh benefits
  • Improve the health and well-being of students long-term through workshops and education

R'Pantry hosts weekly walk-in food distribution hours every quarter, as well as individual or group appointments for students interested in discussing additional support. This program also offers volunteer opportunities for the UCR community.

Additional information regarding our work can be requested here.

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

Friday, September 15: Deadline to Apply for Youth Advisory Committee

A great way for our youth to make real changes in their communities is by getting involved and making their voices heard. I look forward to meeting self-motivated, energetic high school studentswho serve on the YOUTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE!

For additional information or to apply, please visit this website.

Sunday, September 10: Moreno Valley Veterans Suicide Awareness

At a rate of more than 20 a day, suicide is the number one cause of non-combat related deaths among veterans. Join the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 8547 for a Veterans Suicide Awareness Walk to educate, gain awareness and prevent veteran suicides. All are welcome to attend.

9 a.m.
VFW Post 8547
22616 Alessandro Blvd.
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Monday, September 18: Parkview Community Hospital Health Fair

Parkview Community Hospital, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and Inter Valley Health Plan present the Parkview Community Hospital Health Fair. The FREE health fair is open to the public, includes a light meal and offers many medical services.

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Parkview Founders Center
3865 Jackson Street
Riverside, CA 92503

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

Team Medina in Action

Perris Lunch and Learn with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

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Team Medina hosted Perris Lunch and Learn with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, in partnership with Perris Mayor Pro Temp David Starr and Perris City Councilwoman Tony Burke. Our guests enjoyed free lunch and learned about valuable resources for business owners and job seekers.

Moreno Valley Pancake Breakfast 

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From L to R: Carmen Cuevas, Assemblymember Jose Medina, James Dudley and Jorrel Verella

Team Medina proudly hosted the Moreno Valley Pancake Breakfast to enroll our community members in both, the CalFresh and Cal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) 4Me programs. We are proud to host discussions about community issues. Thanks to all who attended!

El Dorado Fuel Cell Electric Bus            

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Assemblymember Medina toured the El Dorado National Fuel Cell Electricity Bus manufacturing facility. It was a great experience visiting the facility and learning about the work being done to get fuel cell hybrid electric buses on the road to help us reach our emissions goals.