Press Release

Monday, April 23, 2018

(Moreno Valley, CA)  – At a news conference outside of an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Moreno Valley, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), local elected officials, labor organizations, and community leaders made their case for more transparency of tax payer-funded subsidies for warehouse developments. Assemblymember Medina wrote Assembly Bill 2853, which will increase public transparency before the approval of an economic development subsidy for warehouse distribution centers.

Friday, April 20, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today in honor of the Holocaust Day of Remembrance, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) recognized Yolanda R.S. Granaada of AD 61 on the Assembly Floor.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2016, which is set to create the first statewide model curriculum on ethnic studies by 2019. No other state had ever approved such a bill to help standardize the courses that arose 50 years ago out of the Third World Liberation Front strikes at San Francisco State and UC Berkeley in 1968.

This year, Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, himself a former ethnic studies high school teacher, is championing a bill to make ethnic studies a graduation requirement in all California public high schools.

Friday, March 30, 2018

This matter arose a month after Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, introduced Assembly Bill 2772, which would require public high school and charter students to take an ethnic studies course in order to graduate. If legislators and the governor approve the bill, then the requirement would begin during the 2023-24 school year.

“Without knowledge of other cultural experiences and the history of these ethnic and cultural groups, I don’t think you can call yourself an educated person,” Medina told Time magazine last month.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, said he plans to hold a committee hearing about the proposal “so that we can look at it with more detail.” He said the proposal is worrying some community college leaders because of the uncertain impact it would have on the funding they receive. “This is a big change,” Medina said.

He also worried about Brown making his funding proposal part of the budget process rather than going through the normal legislative process. “By just putting it in the budget,” he said Brown is “circumventing the Legislature being able to fully discuss his ideas.”

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

(Sacramento) –  Assemblymember Jose Medina (D–Riverside) and his legislative colleagues commemorate the 50th anniversary of the East Los Angeles student walkouts by urging support for his bill to mandate ethnic studies as a high school graduation requirement, Assembly Bill 2772. “Fifty years later, most of the demands the students made have still not been implemented; the greatest being a curriculum that integrates the significance of their background and histories into America’s story,” Assemblymember Medina said.