Press Releases

Monday, October 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) announced that Governor Brown has signed his bill, AB 2012, which ensures that part-time community college faculty have the same parental leave rights as full-time faculty.

Monday, September 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, announced that his bill, AB 3186, permanently authorizes the University of California (UC) and California Community Colleges (CCC) to use best value procurement methodology, was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, announced that his bill, AB 2722, which provides California Servicemembers with state-sponsored financial aid for pursuit of higher education, was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown.

AB 2722 reauthorizes a critical, state-sponsored education benefit currently afforded to California Servicemembers, makes needed programmatic improvements, removes the program’s July 2019 sunset date, and reconstitutes it as the California Military Department GI Bill. The original program, known as the Guard Education Assistance Award Program, provided financial aid for the achievement of a postsecondary degree and is the only educational benefit currently afforded to California National Guard members. AB 2722 builds upon this program to better meet the needs of our state’s Servicemembers.

Monday, August 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) announced that the first bill from his higher education legislative package, AB 1887, was signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown.

AB 1887 permits college students that qualify for in-state tuition to serve on boards and commissions, regardless of age or immigration status.  Prior to the signing of this legislation, a person not yet 18 years of age or a citizen of the state was unable to hold civil office.

Friday, August 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement in response to the Court Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, District One’s decision on the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice v. City of Moreno Valley et. al.

“I am thrilled to learn of the court decision on the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice v. City of Moreno Valley et. al. which found that development agreements are meant to be handled by local governing bodies, not the initiative process. This decision validates what the Legislature accomplished with AB 890, which was vetoed by Governor Brown last year.

AB 890 sought to make changes to general plan, specific plan, and zoning ordinance adoption and approval. It also clarified that a development agreement could not be approved or amended by an ordinance adopted through the initiative process. AB 890 would have ensured common sense oversight of large development projects to protect the environment and our most vulnerable communities.

I am glad the court has affirmed the intent of what AB 890 set out to accomplish. I will continue to be a champion for oversight that protects California’s disadvantaged and overlooked communities.”

Thursday, August 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) succeeded in moving the following critical K-12 and higher education bills out of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Monday, August 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) spoke in support of ACR 269 (Choi), which establishes November 9th as Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Day.

Dosan Ahn Chang Ho is known as the leader of the Korean Independence Movement. When Korea was annexed by Japan in 1910, Ahn Chang Ho did not hesitate to rise to the challenge of leading the Korean Independence Movement. His influence and actions helped Koreans understand the importance of a free nation, and as a result democracy is firmly rooted in South Korea.