Assemblymember Gray Honors Merced County Spring Fair Heritage Foundation as Nonprofit of the Year

Assemblymember Adam Gray honored the Merced County Spring Fair Heritage Foundation at the State Capitol as the 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year for the 21st Assembly District. Board Members Supervisor Scott Silveira, Paul Parreira, Pat Gallichio, Cannon Michael, and Natasha Crivelli traveled to Sacramento to be honored as part of the 2019 California Nonprofits Day.

“The Heritage Foundation’s commitment to our community and local farming families is remarkable,” said Gray. “The generosity and dedication of the board has been instrumental in the continued success of the fair.”

The Heritage Foundation is committed to preserving and enriching the heritage of Merced County by continuing to develop the Merced County Spring Fair into a premier destination.  Since its inception in 2011, the Heritage Foundation has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to approximately 175 students. The Foundation has successfully secured over $1.8 million in donations.

“The Heritage Foundation is an incredible resource for local 4-H and FFA programs,” continued Gray. “We have them to thank for many local agricultural education opportunities and improvements to fair facilities.”

The third annual California Nonprofits Day was marked by a celebration luncheon at the State Capitol. According to CalNonprofits, the nonprofit sector is the 4th largest industry in the state, employing nearly one million people. Each year, California nonprofits generate over $200 billion in revenue and bring in $40 billion in revenue from outside of California. The unpaid labor contributed by volunteers at nonprofits is equivalent to 450,000 full-time jobs every year.

Assemblymember Adam Gray recognized by American GI Forum

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.

Merced College’s new Ag Tech building is funded by Governor Newsom in the California budget.

In October 2018, Assemblymember Adam Gray, and then, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom visited Merced College​ to tour the school’s aging ag-tech building and discuss the road-map to a new building.

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.

Assemblymember Adam Gray meets with health workers and teachers to discuss the issues.

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.

Kenneth L. Maddy Institute 20th Anniversary

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.

Gray Commends Executive Order to Create a Substantive Water Plan

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.”

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.

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