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Adam Gray: In The District, August 2021

VA-Atlas Telehealth Facility

Thank you to Mike Hughes and Al Cotta for inviting me to attend this morning’s Los Banos VFW Post 2487 & American Legion Post 166. Did you know that their hall is the only VA-ATLAS telehealth facility in all of California?

Merced County Law Enforcement Awardees

It was a privilege for Team Gray to be invited to help recognize the 2019 and 2020 Merced County Law Enforcement “911 Dispatcher of the Year” awardees. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your dedication to the people of Merced County and the entirety of our state.

Love Stanislaus County Office Building Grand Opening

A big thank you to @modchamber and @centralvhcc for inviting Team Gray to join in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new @lovestanislauscounty office building! We’re lucky to have such a dedicated organization giving back to and engaging with our community.

West Modesto King Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative

It was a pleasure meeting with the Modesto Police Department Clergy Council to discuss their concerns and their visions for the community. I look forward to partnering with them to support and empower our students and future leaders, and am excited to get to know their congregations.

Stanislaus County Farm Bureau Meeting

Thank you to the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau for allowing me to join your Board of Directors meeting. Though Sacramento might be addicted to attacking agriculture, I appreciate all that you do to continue feeding our state, nation, and world.

New Merced City Manager, Stephanie Diaz Swearing In Ceremony

I was fortunate to join City leaders and community members in recognizing our new City Manager, Stephanie Dietz, during her swearing-in ceremony. I have no doubt that she will continue to serve the City with distinction, as she has for the last several years. Please join me in congratulating her on her appointment!

Here is her mission statement:


The mission of our organization is to:

  • Serve our citizens by delivering superior service exceeding expectations in cost, safety, and quality.
  • Serve the City Council by providing clear, concise, accurate, unbiased professional staff work.
  • Serve our employees by establishing goals, objectives, measurable standards for performance; and, to compensate them accordingly.
  • Model our shared values.

Please let us know what we can do to continue improving our website to serve you better. Comments may be sent to our webmaster at webmaster@cityofmerced.org.

Sincerely,

Stephanie R. Dietz

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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

Assemblymember Gray Commemorates Limb Loss Awareness Month at the State Capitol

Earlier this week, I presented ACR 56 on the Assembly Floor, which recognizes the month of April as Limb Loss Awareness Month. The resolution recognizes the more than 2 million individuals in the U.S. living with limb loss, and limb difference. Diabetes, peripheral artery disease and trauma are leading causes of limb loss, and they are also prevalent issues that impact individuals in the 21st Assembly District.

A huge thank you to Kristin Mello and the Amputee Coalition for their work on this resolution. #Caleg

Adam Gray on the Assembly Floor introducing ACR 56 in support of limb loss awareness.

Water board staff tries end run around negotiations

When the State Water Resources Control Board voted in December to adopt the Bay-Delta Plan, its members ignored the direction of former Governor Brown and current Governor Newsom to pursue voluntary agreements with our irrigation districts. Many saw this as an act of defiance by former Chair Felicia Marcus, the executive director, and many of the activist staff.

Eileen Sobeck, Executive Director, State Water Resources Control Board

While Governor Newsom has made swift progress toward rebuilding trust with water users, in part by removing the former board chair, it takes time for reforms at the top to trickle down to the hundreds of staff who actively urged the board’s action.

Since then, Eileen Sobeck, executive director of the water board, has submitted a proposal to the United States Environmental Protection Agency requesting “review and approval” of the revised salinity objectives included in the Bay-Delta Plan.

While the Bay-Delta Plan exceeds 3,500 pages, the board’s entire submittal for federal approval was nothing more than a couple paragraphs and a chart. The letter made absolutely zero mention of the 40 percent unimpaired flows approved by the board last December.

Ten years of hearings, myriad reports and meetings, millions of dollars in staff and consultant costs, and thousands of public comments should not be subjected to review according to the board’s letter.

Adoption of the Bay-Delta Plan by the EPA based on a single letter would be a profound act of irresponsible government. That the board’s executive director would ask the federal government to take such action is the height of bureaucratic arrogance.

State Water Board ignores Irrigation Districts and Water Users’ voluntary agreements and votes 4 to 1 to adopted their flawed Bay-Delta Plan in December 2018

Even more troubling, however, is the board’s failure to acknowledge the voluntary agreements being negotiated by our irrigation districts and water users. Many of these negotiations have reached agreements already, and the others are headed in that direction.

By sending an approval request without full and comprehensive information, water board staff are undermining the good-faith relationship Governor Newsom has established with our region. The federal government should reject this sorry excuse for a proposal.

Adam Gray is a California Assemblyman for the 21st district, representing Merced County and parts of Stanislaus County.

This was a Community Column written by Assemblyman Adam Gray originally published in the Modesto Bee  https://bit.ly/2Ias4OS

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