As colleges continue to grapple with the increasingly public issue of campus sexual violence, California lawmakers are weighing how to address a "rape culture" that some say has been overly tolerated by the state's public universities.
During a joint oversight hearing Monday afternoon, members of the Assembly Higher Education and Joint Legislative Audit committees questioned whether schools in the University of California and California State University systems need harsher punishments for perpetrators and greater legislative oversight to ensure they are complying with federal requirements to investigate and report incidents of sexual violence on their campuses.
"What I see is a mistrust of the universities to handle the problem," Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, said following testimony from student representatives. "Without consequences, I don't know that we can fairly expect the sentiment or behavior to change."
LOS BANOS — Cassandra Helmrick wasn’t expecting the welcoming bit of good news that came in the form of a recent phone call from the office of Assemblyman Adam Gray, informing her that she’d been selected as Veteran of the Year for the 21st Assembly District.
Although Helmrick, 45, said she was obviously pleased and honored with the news, her first reaction was to think of her fellow men and women who’d served in the armed forces.
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) issued the following statement regarding the closure of AT&T’s call center in Atwater:
“I am disappointed today by the news that AT&T will close its Atwater call center. Unfortunately, the decision to close the call center was not discussed publically. Had I known of the impending closure earlier, I would have moved heaven and earth to protect the families that lost a job today.
I encourage all those left behind by AT&T’s decision to contact my office and we will ensure they receive any and all state aid including unemployment benefits and job training. This is a sobering reminder for us all that the work of promoting, creating, and developing new economic opportunities for our community is never over.”
Assemblymember Adam Gray is asking for you to continue to help in the fight to save the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant Program – FFA.
Assemblymember Gray has worked hard to preserve Agriculture Education and has made it a top priority. He is proud that his colleagues joined him in voting to fund the $4.1 million for Ag Education in the 2014-15 state budget.
LE GRAND — State and local government officials joined forces this week to provide financial assistance to a community on the brink of emergency after losing two of its three water wells last month.
Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, Merced County Supervisor John Pedrozo, and officials from the state Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services toured Le Grand’s wells Friday – most of which are aging, out-of-service or experiencing drops in water production.
Assemblymember Adam Gray has honored Dennis and Angela Castro of The Olive Branch in Gustine as the 2014 Small Business of the Year for the 21st Assembly District. The Castros were honored at luncheon in Sacramento on Monday, June 16th.
Located in downtown Gustine, The Olive Branch, produces and carries a variety of Cold Press Extra Virgin Olive Oil as well as offer a number of local delights including a variety flavored local honey, a variety flavored local vinegar, variety jams and jellies – all locally crafted. The olives that go into DeCastro Family Olive Oils are grown and cold pressed in the Central Valley.
Sacramento – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) praised the passage of the California State Budget today as a victory for the Central Valley.
“After years of underinvestment in the Valley, we are finally starting to get a portion of our fair share,” said Assemblymember Gray. “We received significant increases in funding for our schools, fought to prevent FFA from being cut, expanded preschool opportunities for low-income four year olds, and paid down debt and saved billions of dollars in a rainy day reserve.”
Sacramento – A coalition of Valley legislators, headed by Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced), today submitted a joint letter to the State Legislature’s chief budget committee in opposition to a proposal which eliminates funds promised to help reduce pollution in the Central Valley. The letter is also signed by Assemblymembers Henry Perea, Rudy Salas, Kristin Olsen and Senators Anthony Cannella, Cathleen Galgiani, Tom Berryhill, and Andy Vidak.
“The State made a promise to invest in the long-term health of our most disadvantaged communities,” said Assemblymember Gray. “But at the last minute, a cash grab from the wealthiest areas of the state is letting politics trump that promise.”
Local legislators are opposing a proposal that would eliminate funds promised to help reduce pollution in the Central Valley.
In 2012, the state passed SB 535, which allocates 25 percent of cap-and-trade revenues to the most disadvantaged communities in the state. In response, the California Environmental Protection Agency developed the CalEnviroScreen to measure environmental and socioeconomic indicators across the state and determine which communities have the greatest needs. The tool uses existing environmental, health, demographic and socioeconomic data to create a screening score for communities across the state. An area with a high score would be expected to experience much higher impacts than areas with low scores.
Through the intervention of two state legislators, the Merced County Office of Education’s plans to build a $2.1 million classroom wing for severely handicapped students at a local elementary school are moving forward after a lengthy delay.
State Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, and Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, persuaded the School Allocations Board to reverse the earlier removal of MCOE plans from state funding, Steve Gomes, Merced County superintendent of schools, said.