Press Releases

Thursday, September 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement in response to the passing of Tyler Hilliard, a third-year student at the University of California, Riverside:

“I am very saddened to hear the news of Tyler Hilliard’s passing on Sunday in Riverside. At just 20 years old, Tyler’s charisma and selfless interest in community building extended far beyond his short years. I extend my deepest condolences to Tyler’s family and the UCR community as they grieve during this especially difficult time.”

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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.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement on the University of California’s announcement that it will reduce tuition for in-state students for the first time in 19 years:

“I am thrilled that the UC Board of Regents has decided to decrease tuition. The state and the UC have a responsibility to keep the cost of college down and ensure that California’s students have access to a high quality education. My colleagues in the State Legislature and I have fought alongside students to increase funding of the UC in the state budget and continue to advocate for affordable access. This decision is a meaningful step in the right direction in addressing college affordability and I applaud UC leadership for choosing to support students.”

Friday, July 13, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement in response to the passing of Woodie Rucker Hughes:

“I am very saddened to hear the news that my dear friend and colleague, Woodie Rucker Hughes, passed away this morning in Riverside. I had the honor of working with Woodie at Riverside Unified School District, where she was a fierce advocate for homeless students in our community. Woodie was a tireless activist, past president of the NAACP Riverside Branch, and a leader of the Eastside Think Tank. In each role she took on she consistently uplifted the underrepresented voices in our community. Woodie’s passing will leave a large void in the leadership of the City of Riverside and the region at-large. She will be greatly missed.”