RIVERSIDE: Students still sought for journalism workshop

A free journalism workshop for high school students hosted by Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, is set for May 17 and 18 at Riverside City College.

The Gabriel Acosta Memorial Journalism and Communication Workshop, named for the Inland news photographer who died in September, will offer sessions in writing, photography, online journalism and television/radio news. It had originally been scheduled for February.

COVERED CALIFORNIA: Takano, Medina in last-minute enrollment push

With just over a week until the deadline to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Mark Takano and Assemblyman Jose Medina are holding a joint news conference at a Riverside health clinic Friday in a push to increase enrollment.

"This congressional district has an uninsured rate of 24 percent," Takano spokesman Brett Morrow said. "It's really imperative for people to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act and the affordable health care plans it offers."

Lawmakers shift Covered California into overdrive

RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Local lawmakers have launched a last-minute effort to win more medical insurance sign-ups.

The Inland Empire has lagged in Covered California enrollment. It is reaching out, particularly to Latino communities, in response to criticism that it has not done enough to get the message out about affordable quality healthcare.

HEALTH CARE: Latinos lag in Obamacare enrollments

Rosie Sosa has become an informal clearinghouse for information on the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare.

Several Spanish-speaking Latino friends have asked the Riverside woman what she knows about the law and whether she thinks they can afford the premiums. Sosa has employer-provided insurance and speaks English, and they figure she might be able to help them.

Drumlines and Tassels: Black History as Everyone's History in Riverside

It's all about the tassels. The tassels on the boots of the drill teams who strut down Riverside's Market Street in formation, their short skirts swaying from side to side, their smiles wide and their crisp salutes to the crowds lining the sidewalks cheering for them. The drumline behind them, making the whole crowd dance to the primal beat of wood and skin.

Capitol clout: Jewish legislators form strategic caucus in Sacramento

In a modest office near the floor of the state Senate, 12 California legislators meet to talk politics every month. Nothing unusual about that in Sacramento. Except that with this group, the lunch usually consists of lox and bagels, and the conversation is peppered with Yiddish.

Meet the California Legislative Jewish Caucus, which launched in January.

In Midst of Physician Shortage, Inland Empire Gets New Medical School

Classes began this week at California’s newest medical school. UC Riverside is the first publicly-funded medical school to open in the state in more than 40 years. Fifty students make up the school’s inaugural class.

Last Friday night, the audience gave the medical students a warm reception as they filed into the school’s main gymnasium. After some introductory remarks, the crowd fell silent as the young men and women lined up at the foot of the stage.

AB 27: School of Medicine Bill Clears Assembly Higher Education Committee

An Inland Empire lawmaker’s bill to secure $15 million dollars in annual state funding for the UC Riverside School of Medicine has cleared it’s first legislative hurdle. AB 27 was approved with bipartisan support by the Assembly Higher Education Committee this week and is now bound for the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

UC Riverside to Host Immigration Reform Summit March 16

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Scholars, policymakers and community organizers from across the country will convene at UC Riverside for an all-day summit on immigration reform on Saturday, March 16.

Organized by UCR AIR — the student-led Alliance for Immigration Reform — and Armando Navarro, UCR professor of ethnic studies, the summit will hear from scholars who study immigration policy, legislators who create policy, and representatives of labor, human rights and immigrant groups who work with immigrant communities.

UC Riverside summit scheduled

UC Riverside will host a summit in March aimed at forging a consensus on how to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.

Legislators in Washington, D.C., have been meeting for weeks to negotiate an immigration-reform proposal. UCR professor Armando Navarro said the all-day conference March 16 will be a grass-roots discussion of what the elements of an immigration overhaul should be.