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Medina Appointed to Key Assembly Committees

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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.

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Medina Receives Top Marks From Labor and Small Business

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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.

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Assemblymember Jose Medina Responds to the Governor’s Proposed Budget

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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.

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Medina-Mendoza Bills for Part-Time Faculty Signed by Governor

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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.

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Medina’s Bills Prioritizing Education Head to Governor’s Desk

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) announced that his legislative package focused on education passed the Legislature and awaits the Governor’s signature. 

“As Chair of Assembly Higher Education Committee and a former Community College trustee, it is a privilege to continue improving conditions for both educators and the students they teach.”

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Assemblymember Medina’s Statement in Memoriam of Dr. Pamela Clute

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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.”

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Assemblymember Medina and Senator Roth Honor Partnership to Preserve Citrus State Historic Park

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RIVERSIDE – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) and Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) alongside Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird and former Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge honored the partnership between California Citrus State Historic Park and Friends of California Citrus Park. A signing ceremony was held today to commemorate the creation of this public-private partnership. Such partnerships were encouraged by Governor Brown as a way to enhance State resources.

“It was truly an honor to join Secretary John Laird, Assemblyman Jose Medina, former Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge and a bipartisan coalition of regional leaders in recognizing the historic partnership forged today between the California Citrus State Historic Park and Friends of California Citrus Park,” said Senator Roth.  “This partnership will preserve and protect our region’s unique heritage and future, and shows what we can achieve when we come together under a common purpose to deliver for all Inland Southern Californians.”

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Medina Honors Moreno Valley Resident Lisa LeQuire as Veteran of the Year

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) honored Mrs. Lisa LeQuire, retired member of the United States Air Force, as the 2016 Veteran of the Year for the 61st Assembly District.

“I proudly honor Mrs. Lisa LeQuire for her service and contributions to the community,” said Assemblymember Medina. “She served our country and continues to give back her time to military initiatives.”

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Assemblymember Medina Honors Latino Network as 2016 Nonprofit of the Year

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SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) honored the Latino Network of Riverside as the 2016 Nonprofit of the Year for the 61st Assembly District. The Latino Network was represented in the Capitol by its President Darlene Elliot and Vice President Ninfa Delgado.

“The Latino Network addresses key issues affecting and impacting the Latino community,” said Assemblymember Medina. “Each year, I am proud to participate in the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Breakfast hosted by their organization. They support and inspire our youth to become engaged and active members of our local community. For these reasons and more, I am pleased to recognize the Latino Network.”

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Assemblymember Medina’s Statement on Budget

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SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee released the following statement today regarding the passage of the 2016-2017 State Budget:

“I am pleased this Budget will provide additional funding for the California State University, University of California, and Community College systems,” said Medina. “Californians deserve access to quality and affordable higher education. The California College Promise will receive funding which is much needed to help support the expansion of Cal Grants to community college students. Additionally, I am grateful for the support of the PUENTE program, which improves student success and encourages students to pursue higher education. Also, we are investing in much needed faculty diversity awareness. Unfortunately, there is still unmet need and higher education must be made a top priority, as it plays an important role in personal empowerment and provides a pathway out of poverty for many. Today’s Budget agreement takes important steps forward in the effort to support access to higher education for all Californians and I encourage the Governor’s approval.”

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

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