UCR Summit to Support the Creation of LGBTQ Resources at California Community Colleges

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).

Gov. Brown vetoes bill that would have closed loophole in the California Environmental Quality Act

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill from a Riverside assemblyman inspired by a massive warehouse complex planned for Moreno Valley.

Brown’s office announced the veto of AB 890 on Monday, Oct. 16. The bill by Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, would have closed a loophole in the California Environmental Quality Act, also known as CEQA, that allows projects approved by voters to bypass the act’s review process.

Medina on Monday said he was “definitely disappointed” by the veto.

Which California megaprojects get breaks from complying with environmental law?

Year after year, owners of professional sports teams and developers of proposed skyscrapers have pleaded with California lawmakers to grant relief for their projects from the state’s environmental regulations. They’ve found a largely receptive audience.

“It’s a job creator,” Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) told his colleagues while successfully pressing earlier this month for approval of his bill that could speed up an expansion of Facebook’s headquarters and the construction of twin skyscrapers in Hollywood.

Jose Medina’s bill aims to close ‘loophole’ so certain projects can’t avoid environmental review

When Moreno Valley approved the 40.6-million square-foot World Logistics Center project two years ago, Assemblyman Jose Medina watched from the sidelines.

But he grew concerned when — barely a month after a split city council approved the project — developer Highland Fairview bankrolled three ballot initiatives aimed at thwarting legal challenges to the project’s environmental review.

Cheech Marin’s Riverside Chicano art center plans get $1 million boost

The stroke of Gov. Jerry Brown’s pen this week put a planned Chicano art museum in Riverside a third of the way toward a $3 million fundraising goal.

The state budget Brown signed on Tuesday, June 27, included $1 million for creating the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry. Supporters say the money will make it easier to raise the rest.

Legislators successfully advocate for UC Riverside

Much attention has been paid to the recent state audit of the University of California Office of the President. Throughout those discussions, there has remained a broad consensus about the University of California’s value to the state. During the recent legislative hearings on the new state budget, Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, stated the UC is “one of the best things the state has ever done in our history.”

Closing the digital divide in the Inland Empire: Paul Granillo

June 1 was a good day in California. The Internet For All Now Act, a bipartisan bill that will close the digital divide in California, sailed through the state Assembly on a 67-5 vote — thanks to co-authorship from 23 Republicans and Democrats, including Inland Empire Assembly members Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella; Jay Obernolte, R-Hesperia; Eloise Gomez Reyes, D-San Bernardino; Jose Medina, R-Riverside; Sabrina Cervantes, D-Corona, and Freddie Rodriguez, D-Chino.

California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon is 'frustrated' with UC President Janet Napolitano over scathing audit

On the eve of a special meeting of the University of California regents, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) voiced frustration Wednesday with how UC President Janet Napolitano has dealt with a scathing audit of her office.

Rendon, who is an ex-officio member of the Board of Regents, said he and Assembly Higher Education Committee Chairman Jose Medina (D-Riverside) had tried to help Napolitano deal with lawmakers' concerns before the audit was released last month.

Holocaust survivor — a Riverside woman — honored at state Assembly

Suzanne Coppel’s life story includes daring escapes, the fear and panic of living underground and the loss of family members torn from loving arms never to be seen again.

Her biography also includes a move to New York from France at 16, a marriage to husband Werner, the love of her life, and the rearing of her two sons, Gary and Steven.