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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


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.


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.

District News Weekly Wrap-Up 10/18/19

SR-132 Groundbreaking

The SR-132 project broke ground. The planned highway has been in the works since 1956. The project will provide environmental, economic, and safety improvements to all who live and work here.

Victory Lap After Funding Boys and Girls Clubs

Assemblyman Heath Flora and Assemblyman Adam Gray championed $1 million in this year’s budget to keep the doors open and lights on at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County and Boys & Girls Club of Merced County. The assemblymembers got to meet some of the children who will benefit from the funding.

Merced NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

The Merced NAACP Branch invited Assemblymember Adam Gray to join the Freedom Fund Banquet. For over a century, NAACP has fought for justice for all Americans and has made tremendous progress on important issues including voting rights, public education, and economic inequality. Thank you for all that you do for our community and for our country.

Latino Community Roundtable

The Latino Community Roundtable invited Aseemblymember Adam Gray to speak at their monthly luncheon. They discussed the state of water in the Central Valley, addressing homelessness issues in our neighborhoods, and Governor Newsom’s commitment to the Valley.

The Next May Day Fair Is Underway

Planning and executing the amazing Merced County Spring Fair (aka May Day Fair) that we enjoy each year takes more planning than many of us realize The 2020 Spring Fair will be here before we know it!

San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority Tour

Assemblymembers Phil Ting, Reggie Jones-Sawyer and Adam Gray traveled to Stanislaus and Merced Counties for a tour and discussion with the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors Water Authority about two issues at the heart of the Central Valley economy: #water and #agriculture.

2019 Annual Night at the Vista

Friday, October 25, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Social at 6PM, Dinner at 7PM

7326 E CA-140,
Merced, CA 95340

RSVP online here:
or Call (209) 526-2131

Please join Assemblymember Adam Gray for his Annual Night at the Vista Ranch and Cellars! There will be good food, good music, and fun for the entire family!

Tickets and Sponsorships

$25 – Individual Ticket
$500 – Table
$1000 – Silver Sponsor
$2500 – Gold Sponsor
$4700 – Host

RSVP online here:
or Call (209) 526-2131

Paid For by Gray for Assembly 2020,
FPPC ID# 1414307
PO Box 911 Merced, CA 95341

Contributions are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. Individuals, labor unions, businesses and political action committees can contribute a maximum of $4,700 per election. Qualified small committees can contribute a maximum of $9,300 per election. Contributions of $100 or more made in cash, by cashier’s check, or money order are prohibited. Contributions from foreign nationals not admitted for permanent residency or contributions made in the name of another person are prohibited.

District News Weekly Wrap-Up 10/4/19

Merced County Honors Educators

The Merced County Office of Education recognized all of the educators, teachers, staff, and administrators for all of their hard work this year. Thanking them for their commitment to their students!

VOLT Institute Receives $1 Million Dollar Grant

Assemblymember Adam Gray secured $1 million in the California State Budget to give the VOLT Institute and Modesto Junior College a shot at leveraging another $1 million in federal monies. The U.S. Economic Development Agency awarded VOLT and MJC that $1 million grant — the largest EDA grant ever to be awarded to the Central Valley! The funds are expected to save 453 local jobs and to create at least 20 new positions.


35th Annual Salute To Seniors

For 35 years, the “Salute to Seniors” luncheon has acknowledged the work that local seniors contribute to growing and bettering our community. Congratulations to all volunteers honored at this year’s luncheon. Pictured here is Beverly Brown, who wrote a very moving tribute to the attendees.

State Budget Approved For Boys and Girls Club

Assemblymember Heath Flora and Assemblymember Adam Gray secured $500,000 in the State Budget for each the Boys & Girls Club of Merced County and Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County — a total of $1 million for our community. The Boys & Girls Clubs came to the assembly earlier this year with an urgent plea to help them keep their doors open so that they continue serving kids in a quality, safe environment.

Read the press release here:

Tragic Losses

36-year-old Fire Captain Paul Rotondaro was one of the victims in a fatal crash on Highway 140 in Gustine. Captain Rotondaro was with the CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced unit.

Firefighter Andrew Maloney was honored by naming a stretch of Highway 165 the Andrew Maloney Memorial Highway.

Andrew was a firefighter for thirteen years, starting as a paid-call firefighter for Merced County before signing on with CAL FIRE. Many attended the ceremony, including the Maloney Family, Mayor Mike Villalta, Scott Silveira Merced County Supervisor District 5, the CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced unit, and many elected officials.

CAL-FIRE Local 2881 Honor Guard — Presentation of Colors at the Andrew Maloney Memorial Highway Dedication Ceremony on September 30, 2019 at the Merced County Fire Department – Station 71 in Los Banos, California.

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