Press Release

Thursday, November 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement after the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) admitted to interfering during a recent State Auditor investigation.

“I appreciate the Office of the President’s admittance to wrongdoing, and I accept President Napolitano’s apology for the interference that occurred during the State Auditor investigation.

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017

Assemblyman Jose Medina remembers not being able to see the bell tower on the UC Riverside campus and, as a teacher, having to keep his students indoors for recess on bad-air days.

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey remembers getting out of swimming pools choking not from water, but from the thick smog.

Medina, D-Riverside, and Bailey shared their memories at a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, Oct. 27, for a facility dedicated to relegating smog-filled days to the past.

Besides housing advanced vehicle emissions testing and clean-air research, the $419 million California Air Resources Board Southern California Headquarters will employ more than 400 people – many of them engineers, technicians and scientists – in what local leaders hope becomes an economic engine and a defining facility for the Inland Empire.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Riverside, CA – City, county, state and federal officials gathered Friday near the UC Riverside campus to break ground for a new $419 million headquarters and testing laboratory for the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a project that is expected to bring as many as 460 high-paying jobs to the area.

The board voted last year to relocate its motor vehicle and engine emissions testing and research facility from El Monte to a 19-acre site at UCR on Iowa Avenue near Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Dozens of state, local and federal officials joined an audience of hundreds for the groundbreaking. In addition to Mayor Bailey, other speakers included CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols, UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, Congressman Mark De Saulnier, Congressman Mark Takano, Congressman Ken Calvert, Sen. Richard D. Roth, Assemblymember Jose Medina, and John Tavaglione, Chairman of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.

Monday, October 23, 2017

An enthusiastic crowd kicked off public fundraising Monday, Oct. 23, for an Inland Empire civil rights institute in Riverside.

Some were men, some were women. Some were white, some were black, some were Latino and some were Asian-American. Some were straight and some were gay.

Many were old enough to remember when such a gathering wouldn’t have been possible — and that it’s only possible now because of hard work by people like those whom the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California plans to honor, said Jack Clarke, Jr.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — A new summit hosted by the University of California, Riverside will connect representatives from more than 50 California Community Colleges (CCC) with members of the LGBTQ community in the hopes of expanding campus resources and boosting student engagement.

Organized by CCC faculty and staff in partnership with Nancy Jean Tubbs, director of UCR’s LGBT Resource Center, the first installment of the CCC + LGBTQ Summit will take place Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Highlander Union Building (HUB).

Tuesday, October 17, 2017