Press Releases

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.

César Chávez, the legendary founder of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW), was born on March 31, 1927. To honor him, the state Legislature passed a measure in 1995 that designated March 31 a state holiday.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement after the University of California Board of Regents voted to increase student tuition:

“I understand that the world class education at the University of California requires resources and funding. However, the fee increases will only add to the already worrisome financial burden on our students. I have worked in the past to expand financial aid programs like the Cal Grants, and will continue to do so. Before increasing fees for students, I believe we should explore all alternatives from both the legislative and institutional standpoint. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature to address the affordability and promise of higher education for our students.”

Assemblymember Medina proudly represents California’s 61st Assembly District, which consists of Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s State of the State:

“The Governor delivered his state of the state today. I applaud his comments on our commitment to upholding California’s values and defending its people in the face of uncertainty. I also support his efforts to build a solid rainy day fund and provide moderate funding increases to all segments of California’s Higher Education system despite a projected budget deficit.

Friday, January 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, was appointed to several influential Assembly Committees by Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount). Medina will serve on the Transportation Committee, Budget Committee, and Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance. His additional Committee assignments include Accountability and Administrative Review as well as Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, obtained top scores on legislative scorecards recently released by the California Labor Federation (CLF) and by the California Small Business Association (CSBA).

The CLF awarded Medina 100% for his voting record on legislation protecting workers and their families. Likewise, the CSBA granted Medina a Summa Cum Laude for his support of their priority legislation and for providing district resources for small businesses.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, released the following statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s proposed 2017-18 Budget:

“The Governor's budget proposal includes a modest increase to California’s institutions of higher education and a commitment to student success programs. However, more needs to be done to ensure student preparedness. We need to help students pay for their higher education. With the planned phase-out of the Middle Class Scholarship Program and the possible tuition increases at UC and CSU, many future students will lack access to the financial resources they need.