Assemblymember Adam Gray spoke at the keynote at MoRo Modesto Rotary Club’s luncheon and speak about my efforts to establish a UC Medical School in the Valley, a vital component of expanding access to healthcare in our community.
Assemblymember Adam Gray received recognition as a “Friend of the GI Forum” from the American GI Forum PFC Oscar Sanchez Modesto Chapter at the 21st Annual Black and White Scholarship Ball Saturday Night. The GI Forum and its members have served our country, and I am proud to serve them.
The American GI Forum is a group of local veterans who have served in the various branches of the military. The Modesto Chapter of the American GI Forum was established in 1969. Throughout the year they attend funerals of fallen veterans rain or shine, whether in Stanislaus County or at the Veterans Cemetary in Santa Nella.
Newsom got to see that firsthand as he, Assemblymember Adam Gray, Congressman Jim Costa and local agricultural leaders toured the campus. Gray has been a huge advocate for the College getting the new facility built and played an integral role in getting the then Lt. Governor to visit the campus.
In January, Governor Newsom included in the budget the funding needed to move forward with the project. That money, coupled with Raj Kahlon’s extremely generous donation last March, will make the new, 20,000 sq. ft. ag-tech building a reality.
“Merced is an agricultural community and I am thrilled the Governor’s proposed budget includes the funding necessary to finally build a state-of-the-art Agriculture and Industrial Technology Building at Merced College,” Merced College Superintendent/President Chris Vitelli said.
“Making good on our promise to this community, we are going to build one of the best agriculture and industrial technology buildings possible to reflect the quality of our flagship programs,” Vitelli said. “This new facility will help our students learn cutting-edge industry skills and earn high-demand, high-wage jobs.”
The proposed building will consist of 20,000 square feet of classroom and laboratory space for programs in agribusiness, industrial technology, horticulture, HVAC, crop science and animal science. The added classrooms and labs will increase enrollment capacity by 2,248 weekly student contact hours, helping to keep pace with the 12-percent enrollment bump that the Chancellor’s Office predicts from 2016-2022.
The College is in the process of working with a prominent donor for naming rights to the building and hopes to make an announcement soon. If things remain unchanged on the May budget revision and June final budget, the College hopes to break ground on the project starting in Fall 2020.
SEIU-United Health Workers met with Assemblymember Adam Gray to discuss about about access to and delivery of healthcare in the Central Valley! Then in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week Adam Gray received a briefing with the California Teachers Association Merced Chapter on legislative priorities for neighborhood schools and students.
At the evening’s 20th anniversary celebration of The Kenneth L. Maddy Institute, Assemblymember Adam Gray spoke alongside Governor Gavin Newsom, former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, and Don Maddy.
Senator Ken Maddy began his legislative career representing the Central Valley in 1970, regularly expressing that Valley legislators from both sides of the aisle had the unique ability to bring people together to solve California’s challenges. Today, the Maddy Institute helps to support the interests of the Central Valley, train the next generation of diverse, civic-minded leaders, and improve the efficiency of government.
Assemblymember Gray released the following statement regarding Governor Newsom’s Executive Order directing the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to develop a water resilience portfolio that meets the needs of California’s communities, economy, and environment by reassessing priorities contained within the 2016 California Water Action Plan, updating projected climate change impacts to our water systems, identifying key priorities for the administration’s water portfolio, and identifying how to improve integration across state agencies to implement these priorities.
“California has not had a real water plan in decades. Real plans require real decisions, and previous administrations have refused to take on this tough issue. California’s aging water infrastructure as paid the price. That is why I introduced Assembly Bill 638 earlier this year to force the state to actually address the very real impacts that climate change will have on our dams, canals, aqueducts, and levies.
“The shrinking Sierra snow pack acts as California’s largest natural reservoir, but that reservoir is projected to shrink by half in as little as twenty years. That means less snow and more rain. Unless we take action now, we will watch millions of gallons of what used to be irrigation and drinking water wash out into the ocean.
“I don’t expect Governor Newsom and I to agree on every detail of a water plan, but I appreciate that he is not afraid to have the difficult conversations that we must have in order to get one. The Governor’s Executive Order is a critical starting point to get everyone to the table and to put those who would rather ignore this problem on notice. Whether they like it or not, the state will have a plan for water going forward.”
“I am always impressed with the community in Planada and today is no exception – they had over 300 people in attendance at their Basket of Blessings event where families can enjoy spring break.”
-Assemblymember Adam Gray
Turlock Government Night
Government Night was a success. Thank you Supervisor Chiesa for inviting us to participate in Turlock Government Night with Congressman Harder and Mayor Bublak. It was a great evening to discuss a variety of issues with the community.
In The District at the Ceres Chamber of Commerce Legislative breakfast.
The Ceres Chamber of Commerce & the Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held their 2019 Ceres Legislative Breakfast to hear directly from legislative representatives on the issues important to our businesses, our communities, and our families. We had candid questions and conversations about a host of pressing legislative issues including transportation, business regulations, and the environment.
Latino Policy Summit
It was a bit crazy in Sacramento this week, but Assemblymember Adam Gray really enjoyed getting to speak with local high school students yesterday about expanding access to voting and increasing civic engagement. Huge thank you to Latino Community Foundation and 99Rootz for organizing the day and for giving our youth an opportunity to speak about issues important to our community.
Adam Gray attended the Merced County Veteran’s Court graduation in his continuing support of our veterans.
“The Veteran’s Treatment Program is a collaborative effort between the Probation Department, District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, the Superior Court and the Veteran’s Administration.
Today, six men from all different branches in the military were able to get their pending criminal charges dismissed after having graduated from the Program. Treatment for our Veterans is individualized and lasts anywhere from 12 to 18 months. Graduates will remain connected to their mentor for ongoing support even after they graduate.”
Watch this short video to learn more about Veteran’s Treatment Court.
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Merced Sun Star
Castle Air Museum Golf Tournament
While at the Castle Air Museum golf tournament, I had the chance to chat with Scotty Burns, who flew 442 missions during his service in Vietnam.
Thank you for your service.
Gustine Chamber of Commerce dinner
Fantastic evening at the Gustine Chamber of Commerce dinner! I never miss a chance to spend time in Gustine.
Bobcat Day at UC Merced
UC Merced is the newest campus in the system, and I am proud that the student body is almost entirely from California. GO BOBCATS!!
Upcoming District Events
12th Annual High Tea of Hope
This event is on May 11 and is an afternoon of celebration, inspiration and networking as we recognize survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking as we build advocacy and raise funds for the Stanislaus Family Justice Center.
Event info here: https://bit.ly/2IECIO3
High Tea of Hope brings awareness for victims of domestic violence.
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