Press Release

Friday, May 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) today announced that key legislation focused on cultural identity, college equity, and environmental protection passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, joined colleagues in the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, and Assembly Education Subcommittee on Education Finance for an Oversight Hearing on the University of California Office of the President (UCOP).

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Some high-profile California politicians from both political parties are angrily asking the University of California to block or reverse its recent decision to increase student tuition after scathing revelations in an audit of the UC Office of the President were released this week.

Among the troubling findings, the audit, made public on Tuesday and disputed by UC President Janet Napolitano, called into question the UC system administrator’s spending on salaries and benefits to administrators, and tens of millions of dollars in reserve funds that state auditor Elaine Howle said the office kept hidden from public view.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement after the publication of the State Audit Report on the University of California Office of the President (UCOP).

“I am deeply troubled by the findings in the California State Auditor’s report of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) issued this morning.

Monday, April 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Committee on Natural Resources passed Assembly Bill 890 by Assemblymember Jose Medina with a 7 – 2 vote.  AB 890 would address a loophole in the initiative process that allows projects to bypass necessary environmental review.

“Due to a loophole in the law, some development projects can proceed without community engagement or environmental review,” said Assemblymember Medina. “This could worsen our air quality, damage our health, and undermine California’s environmental goals.”

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Two years ago, one of my constituents was approached for his signature on a ballot proposal. He was intrigued; the proposal seemed important and promised to bring jobs to the community. While he wanted more time to discuss the idea with his friends, he thought it important enough for the community to decide. He signed the petition, figuring that by the time it came to a public vote, he would be more informed on its regional impact, where big projects can often mean hazy air and increased truck traffic.

But it never came to a public vote.

 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

For years, community college and university administrators have decried the lack of “college ready” students being fed into their systems and burning valuable resources on remedial math and English classes to get up to speed.

In California, many of those not-ready-for-college students have been Latinos and others of color. Research shows that students from groups that are historically underrepresented in higher education are more likely to take a remedial course at some point in college.