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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.
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.
I wish you all a very happy, healthy, wonderful new year! The 2017 legislative year has begun and the Assembly is hard at work on new legislation. Keep reading for information about upcoming events and other activities that are happening in our community.
As always, if you have comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office. It is a privilege to be your representative for the 61st Assembly District.
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.
The 2017 legislative session is fast approaching. While looking forward to the new session and the new year, I wanted to share some of our accomplishments in the past year with you. My hope through this newsletter is to also keep you informed of past, present, and future community events happening in our district.
As always, if you have comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office. It is a privilege to be your representative in the 61st Assembly District.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) announced that their legislative package of AB 1690 and SB 1379, focused on part-time faculty at California Community Colleges, was signed by the Governor.
Part-time faculty throughout the state are plagued by inconsistent employment practices across community college districts and an inability to negotiate fair reemployment rights. Together, AB 1690 and SB 1379 provide landmark provisions to improve workplace stability for part-time faculty at California Community Colleges. Under the new law, representatives for both faculty and the community college district must discuss and set standards for employment practices for that particular district, thus providing much-needed employment stability for faculty while allowing districts the flexibility to accommodate local needs.
The Inland Empire lags behind the state in college-going and graduation rates
A Thursday morning hearing on boosting college readiness and college graduation rates drew about 100 people to UC Riverside where they heard ideas ranging from a centralized student data system to supplemental programs for high school students.
Assemblyman Jose Medina, D-Riverside, who heads the Assembly Higher Education Committee, said the meeting focused on issues in the Inland Empire. The meeting drew education leaders from across the region as well as several other Assembly members, including Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino.
Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education suspended federal financial aid for prospective students at ITT Technical Institutes, a national, publicly traded, for-profit college. The next day, the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education prohibited California ITT locations from enrolling new students.
SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement today regarding the passing of Dr. Pamela Clute:
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Pamela Clute, Assistant Vice Chancellor Emerita at UC Riverside and UCR Foundation Trustee. I was honored to have worked with her for many years as a teacher, school board member, and RCC Trustee. For over 40 years, Pamela dedicated herself to students, fostering their interest and helping them explore their potential in STEM fields. Her efforts won numerous awards, including my recognition of her work as one of this year’s Women of Distinction for the 61st Assembly District. I, along with countless others inspired by her work, will miss her energy and impact.”