In The District 12/10/19

Modesto Celebration of Lights

A peak at this year’s Candyland-themed decorations for City of Modesto’s annual Celebration of Lights! The family friendly festivities will be throughout the month.

Tioga Hotel Renovation Tour

Assemblymember Adam Gray had the opportunity to tour the renovations occurring at the 90-year-old landmark: the historic Tioga Hotel in downtown Merced.

The Hotel Tioga was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and during its prime, it hosted society elites such as Presidents Kennedy and Coolidge, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Marilyn Monroe.

Rotary Club of Winton’s Annual Christmas Tree Display

The Rotary Club of Winton‘s held their annual Christmas tree display and lighting. Many of the trees shown at the event are sponsored by community leaders.

Paying Respects To Manuel Mejia

Many celebrated the life of community activist, United Farm Workers Union advocate, Vietnam Veteran, and beloved family member and friend Manuel Villagran Mejia. He will be missed, but his work and commitment will live on.

He leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Maggie, his son, Manuel Jr., three grandchildren Jesse, Aubrey and Lilly Mejia, his brother George Mejia, and many nieces and nephews.

Merced Holiday Open House

Join Assemblymember Adam Gray at his annual Holiday Open House to hear about this year’s legislative accomplishments and to share your thoughts about our community. This event is FREE — just bring your holiday cheer and desire to strengthen the Valley.

They will be collecting new, unwrapped gifts for older children and teens served by Saint Vincent de Paul-Planada’s “Christmas Cherished Memories” event. Contributions are optional, but appreciated. RSVP at (209) 726-5465 or at bit.ly/GrayHolidayOpen2019 (NOTE: link is case sensitive).

Modesto Gospel Mission’s Annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet and Bundle-Up Event

This Thanksgiving I was reminded of one of the many reasons that I love and am thankful for my job. I enjoyed serving at the Modesto Gospel Mission’s Annual “Great Thanksgiving Banquet & Bundle-Up” event. My deepest gratitude goes out to all of those who helped serve at this and other events in our community. 

I enjoyed spending time with, talking to, and serving those in our community who are experiencing homelessness or battling the realities of poverty. We as a community can provide hope and love to those who are without.   – Adam

Adam Gray’s Momentum Builds as List of Local Support Expands

Merced, CA – Assemblymember Adam Gray, a life-long resident of Merced, officially launched his 2020 re-election campaign to continue representing the people and communities of California’s 21 st Assembly District. Gray filed his re-election paperwork, after previously submitting more than 1,700 signatures of voters in the district in lieu of paying a filing fee.

“I fight for working families and for our community every day in Sacramento – to stop the water grab, for more doctors in the Valley, to repair local streets and roads, and for equitable funding for our schools – and I am grateful for the confidence that voters have placed in me,” said Gray. “I will always put the Valley first and will always work to ensure that the Valley gets it fair share.”

Underscoring his strong track record representing the community, Gray’s list of early endorsements expanded to include many local leaders among them: 

  • Stanislaus County Sheriff Jeff Dirkse
  • Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke
  • Merced County District Attorney Kimberly Helms Lewis
  • Stanislaus County Superintendent of Public Instruction Scott Kuykendall
  • Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa
  • Stanislaus County Supervisor Kristin Olsen
  • Stanislaus County Supervisor Terry Withrow
  • Merced County Supervisor Lee Lor
  • Merced County Supervisor Daron McDaniel
  • Merced County Supervisor Lloyd Parreira
  • Merced County Supervisor Scott Silveira
  • Mayor of Merced Mike Murphy
  • Mayor of Los Banos Mike Villalta
  • Mayor of Patterson Deborah Novelli
  • Mayor of Atwater Paul Creighton
  • Mayor of Gustine Patrick Nagy
  • Modesto City Councilmember Jenny Kenoyer
  • Merced City Councilmember Jill McLeod
  • Ceres Unified School District Trustee Faye Lane

Expressing gratitude for the support, Gray stated, “Endorsements from local elected officials, leaders, and community members are the most meaningful because they illustrate the progress that we can make to move our area forward when we work together.”

District News Weekly Wrap-Up 11/23/19

Boys And Girls Club Visit

Assemblymember Adam Gray stopped by and spent time with the kids and staff at Boys & Girls Club of Merced County! Gray toured the facility.

Assemblymember Heath Flora and Assemblymember Adam Gray championed $1 million in this year’s budget to keep the doors open and lights on.

National Fantasy Rodeo

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this weekend’s National Fantasy Rodeo Barrel Race and Futurity at Diamond Bar Arena — a great event in Ceres which brings in more than a thousand people each year. Had an awesome time meeting contestants and watching the barrel races.

UDW County Provider Appreciation Dinner

UDW/AFSCME 3930 and UDW Home Care Providers Union members play an extremely important role in communities throughout California and the country, ensuring that our family members and neighbors in need of care can receive that care with dignity and at home around loved ones. Thank you for inviting me to join you at this year’s Merced County Provider Appreciation Dinner.

A special shoutout to UDW member and community member Astrid Zuniga for her successful efforts this year to pass legislation ensuring law enforcement has access to information necessary to communicate with individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities — congratulations!

Merced and Stanislaus County Voters Rally to Gray

Assemblymember Adam Gray has submitted over 1,700 signatures of voters in the 21st Assembly District to qualify for placement on the ballot in lieu of paying a filing fee.

“I have collected signatures to get my name on the ballot every time I have run for office,” said Gray. “It’s hard work, but meeting voters at their door and hearing about what matters to them is essential in order for me to represent them well up in Sacramento,” he added.

Gray will appear on March 2020 ballot seeking reelection to the State Assembly.

“Most legislators have stopped the practice of collecting signatures and just pay the filing fee instead,” said Mike Lynch, Gray’s campaign manager. “Adam likes to do it this way.”

It the best kind of endorsement any candidate can get. Last election, he was the only State Assembly candidate who got on the ballot by signatures alone,” said Lynch. “I suspect he will be one of the few to do so in 2020 also.”

Gray has already received early endorsements from Stanislaus County Sheriff Jeff Dirkse, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke, the Peace Officers Research Association of California, California Professional Firefighters, and the California Teachers Association, along with many individual residents and leaders of the district and area.

“This is a no brainer for those of us who live here,” said Planada School Superintendent Jose Gonzalez. “We have never had a representative who fights for us like Adam Gray,” he added. “Whether the issue is stopping the water grab, getting a medical school and more doctors for the valley or securing equitable school funding, Gray is fierce in advocating for us. He puts us first, before partisanship or politics.” 

Veteran’s Day In The County

Merced

Service to our great nation comes in many forms. Assemblymember Adam Gray honored our veterans during the Merced Veteran’s Day Parade, making it a point to talk to them and to learn about their service and their sacrifice.

Video of the Air Force performing a fly-by for the event at the Bob Hart Park.

Gustine

Manuel M. Lopes American Legion Post 240 and VFW Post 7635 organized such a great event to honor and thank those who fought, and those who continue to fight, to protect our freedom.

Boys and Girls Club First Annual Benefit Dinner

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Merced County and Los Banos have filled the gap between school and home for thousands of local youth by providing welcoming, positive environments in which kids and teens can thrive and participate in life-changing programs. Assemblymember Adam Gray joined them for the first of their annual benefit dinners.

New Emergency Shelter Built in Downtown Modesto

Celebrating the opening of a new facility which will serve our homeless population.  The Emergency Shelter & Access Center is in downtown Modesto and is a partnership between StanCounty, the City of Modesto, and the Salvation Army. The facility will have more than 180 beds and will offer invaluable wrap-around services. 

District News Weekly Wrap-Up 10/26/19

Best Museum 2019

Congratulations to the Castle Air Museum who won the 209 Magazine’s readers’ choice “Best of 209: Best Museum” award.

Disaster Oversight Committee

Assemblymember Monique Limón and Assemblymember Adam Gray co-chaired an oversight hearing to discuss the integral role that nonprofits and community-based organizations play in emergency management and disaster response. Recent large-scale disasters underscore the importance of neighbors helping neighbors. These organizations fill critical unmet needs, and working with them is important to leverage all of the resources that they can provide before, during, and after disasters.

Merced County Nut Festival

The Merced County Nut Festival was held for all almond, pistachio, walnut, and pecan lovers . Local farmers employ thousands of local workers and produce enough almonds, pistachios, walnuts and pecans to supply the world – employing thousands of local workers. There was something for everyone to celebrate the heart of our economy at the Merced County Fairgrounds.

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