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.”
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.
Adam Gray on the Assembly Floor introducing ACR 56 in support of limb loss awareness.
“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.
More information on Veterans Treatment Court:
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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(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced), Chair of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, met with meteorologists and flood management officials with the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the National Weather Service (NWS) at the DWR Flood Operations Center to receive an update on flood preparedness, interagency cooperation, and the impact of climate change on water storage.
The Department of Water Resources recently announced that the Sierra snowpack is 162 percent of average and statewide snow water equivalent has tripled since the beginning of February. Snow water equivalent is one of the factors used by water managers to estimate spring runoff.
California typically receives close to 200 million acre-feet of water per year from rain and snow and statewide, and the Sierra snowpack provides 30 percent of California’s water needs. “Fortunately, this has been a rebound year for California’s water supply,” said Gray. “But the abundance of water also carries a certain amount of risk. Today was an opportunity to make sure our flood management officials at the state and federal level are working together and prepared to respond in case of an emergency.”
The briefing at the DWR Flood Ops Center (FOC) also included hydrologists and meteorologists who manage the California/Nevada River Forecast Center (CNRFC) and NWS’s Sacramento Regional Office.
“While the Sierras were inundated with a record number of atmospheric river events this year, we need to prepare for warmer temperatures in the short-term and severe droughts in the long-term,” continued Gray. “These variable and extreme weather patterns are some of the reasons why I introduced AB 638, which requires DWR to determine statewide water storage capacity and identify how our storage will be threatened by climate change. For too long the California Water Plan has provided more question than answers. This bill requires DWR to provide specific strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate change on our water supply.”
More information about AB 638 can be found here.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) ripped the State Water Resources Control Board for arguing that the harm caused by the Bay-Delta Plan to the drinking water of disadvantaged communities is not “significant”. Gray’s comments came as his legislation, Assembly Bill 637, cleared the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee with bipartisan support.
In response to criticism that the Bay-Delta Plan ignores impacts to disadvantaged communities, the State Water Board issued a master response arguing that because the board is not a federal agency it does not have to consider impacts to these communities significant.
“The State Water Board should play by the same rules that the federal government has followed since 1994 when President Clinton issued an executive order prohibiting federal agencies from discriminating against and ignoring impacts to low income and minority communities,” said Gray. “Any rational person would agree that advancing a plan which devastates impoverished neighborhoods, degrades drinking water, and openly ignores impacts to some of the most vulnerable communities in the state should be against the law – but the Water Board is not rational.”
AB 637 requires the State Water Board to identify disadvantaged communities and mitigate impacts to the drinking water supplies serving those communities. The bill also requires the Board to hold public hearings in or near impacted communities.
“It took demands from nearly the entire delegation of Northern San Joaquin Valley lawmakers before the State Water Board agreed to hold public hearings on the Bay-Delta Plan in the impacted communities of Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin counties,” continued Gray. “It should be the rule – not the exception – that impacted communities are able to make their voices heard.”
“As the new administration and our irrigation districts continue working towards securing voluntary agreements, this is a reminder of the distrust sowed by the State Water Board up to this point,” finished Gray.
AB 637 has significant support from organizations throughout the 21st Assembly District including:
• Ceres Unified School District
• City of Livingston
• City of Patterson
• Great Merced Chamber of Commerce
• Le Grand Union High School District
• Los Banes Unified School District
• Mayor of Gustine Patrick Nagy
• Merced City School District
• Merced County Farm Bureau
• Merced County Office of Education
• Merced River School District
• Merced Union High School District
• Opportunity Stanislaus
• Planed Elementary School
• Stanislaus County
• Winton School District
More information on Assembly Bill 637 can be found here.