Friday, February 16, 2018
As excerpted from the Modesto Bee:

How Modesto’s homeless could find a home in converted shipping containers


Focus on Prevention Leadership Council Chairman Brad Hawn provided an overview of the project:

He said the shelter will be constructed out of converted shipping containers. He said the 40-foot-by-8-foot containers will have four bedrooms, each with its own door, window, air conditioning and heating unit, and fire sprinklers. Interior walls will separate the bedrooms.

Hawn said nonprofits would play a big role in the project. He said one would serve as the fiscal agent for the project and lease the land from Stanislaus Food Products. The nonprofit — which he declined to name — would hire another nonprofit to operate the shelter and day center.

The Stanislaus Community Foundation has committed $1 million toward building the center and day center. The money would be from the $1.4 million the foundation received last year from local business leaders to further the aims of Focus on Prevention.

And the Board of Supervisors would be asked to commit $2.5 million to cover three years’ of the project’s operating costs (that does not include the outreach and engagement center). The $2.5 million is what Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, helped secure in this year’s state budget for Stanislaus County to tackle homelessness.

Modesto is not providing funding, but Hawn said the project will rely on the police department for help if problems or concerns develop with the shelter and day center.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

For Immediate Release: February 15, 2018
Contact: Adam Capper
Phone: (916) 319-2021

Assemblyman Gray’s Legislation Renews Calls for UC Merced Medical School and Improved Valley Healthcare

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D – Merced) announced the introduction of legislation to establish a medical school at the University of California, Merced as well as bills aimed at improving health outcomes in rural California. AB 2202 would appropriate an unspecified amount of funding from the state’s multibillion dollar general fund surplus to establish the University of California, Merced School of Medicine.


“Establishing a medical school at UC Merced to serve the Central Valley was part and parcel to the inception of the campus three decades ago,” said Gray. “I commend UC Merced’s inventive implementation of the 2020 plan and SJV PRIME program while receiving less state assistance than any UC campus before it. In a year when we expect a multibillion dollar surplus, now is the time for the state to invest in the creation of this critically needed medical school. The Central Valley is significantly disadvantaged when it comes to our shortage of health care professionals and infrastructure. Locating a medical school in the heart of the region is an obvious solution we should have implemented a long time ago.”

I want to take this opportunity during Black History Month to remember some of our local leaders who are no longer with us but have left us a legacy of leadership, faith, tolerance and courage.

Ida Mae Johnson

Ida Mae Johnson was dedicated to making the education system more effective for all students in her 34 year tenure with Merced County Office of Education. She worked on  career development as Director for Project Tide; spent nine years as a mentor teacher; and 12 years on loan to the California Department of Education as Senior Associate Trainer of the California School Leadership Academy for Gender Equality. She also served two terms on the Merced Union High School Board.

Ida was very active in Women in Politics, League of Women Voters, NAACP and CASA. She is remembered for her understanding, wisdom, strength and patience. She had an open heart and was always ready to extend the hand of friendship. She was an inspiration to many young people and I am proud to have known her.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

As excerpted from: The Modesto Bee

We had a deal. Without Sites, Temperance you’re breaking a promise


In 2014, I asked you to support Proposition 1, $7.5 billion water bond written during one of the worst droughts in the state’s modern history.

It certainly wasn’t perfect. I would have preferred significantly more than the $2.7 billion it provided for water storage, while others would have eliminated water storage funding entirely. But Prop 1 was a product of compromise and negotiation – something we need a lot more of in today’s political climate.

In typical Sacramento fashion, we had ignored a problem until it became so large that we could not possibly ignore it anymore. If there was a silver lining to the drought, it was that water became a priority again.

I want to take this opportunity during Black History Month to remember some of our local leaders who are no longer with us but have left us a legacy of commitment, leadership, faith, tolerance and courage.

Bishop Dwight Amey

Bishop Dwight Amey served as Pastor of New Faith Tabernacle Christian Church of Merced for 36 years. He was a leader in the civil rights movement locally and played a key role in the movement to rename J Street in downtown Merced in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and organizing the first march on Dr. King’s birthday, which is hosted annually by the Martin Luther King, Jr. committee to this day. I was fortunate as a young man to work with Reverend Amey on this effort.

Dwight was a dedicated to community service in numerous roles and will be remembered for his role in bringing diverse parts of the community together by preaching and teaching unity. He understood the challenges of African Americans; but was also committed to serving the needs of the entire community, and he leaves us a legacy of community service, tolerance, commitment to human rights, and the courage to stand by those values.

-Adam Gray

I would like to observe Black History Month by remembering some of our local leaders who are no longer with us but have left us a legacy of commitment, leadership, faith, tolerance and courage.

Denard William Davis (Mr. D)

CHARLES GUEST Merced Sun-Star file

I was honored in January to participate in the dedication of the Merced County Office of Education Administrative Building to my mentor and friend, Denard Davis. I was pleased to present a Resolution of the State Legislature, memorializing him for his lifetime commitment as an educator, mentor, community leader and champion of equality who was always trying to reach down and lift somebody else up, as well as the love and dedication he gave to his family and friends.


-Adam Gray


The California Water Commission recently announced that none of the nearly dozen water storage proposals they have received provide adequate “public benefits” as defined by Prop 1 and interpreted by the Commission.

This is unacceptable. Increased water storage must be part of any efforts to increase our water supply. Proposition 1 was passed after good faith negotiations and an agreement that nearly $3 billion would be included in the bond for water storage.

Today, numerous other legislators joined in petitioning Governor Brown to corral these regulators who thus far have failed to honor the agreement Prop 1 represented. Their letter can be accessed at the link below.


1.29.2018 Letter to Gov re CWC Water Storage.pdf


Thursday, January 25, 2018

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2018
Contact: Megan Belair
Phone: (916) 319-2021


Assemblymember Gray Issues Statement on Governor Brown's 2018 State of the State Address


SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D – Merced) released the following statement following Governor Brown’s State of the State Address:


“When Governor Brown took office in 2011, California was reeling from an economic downturn that resulted in a $27 billion deficit. California now enjoys a multi-billion dollar surplus. I continue to support and applaud the Governor’s fiscal prudence.”


“I appreciate the Governor’s commitment to address California’s aging infrastructure,” continued Gray. “However, funding roads, water, rail and housing is only half the battle. We must make the necessary reforms to ensure that these projects can be built on time and on budget.”


“Many serious issues remain to be addressed, including fulfilling our promise to build water storage infrastructure, reducing the state’s unfunded debt liabilities, and expanding access to healthcare in rural regions. I look forward to partnering with the Governor on these and other issues that affect California’s families.”


Today’s State of the State address was the sixteenth and final address for Governor Brown. More information is available at www.asmdc.org/gray.



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Assemblymember Adam C. Gray represents the 21st Assembly District which includes all of Merced County and portions of Stanislaus County.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

As excerpted from: California AG Today

Assemblyman Adam Gray: Real Changes Needed for Water Future

December 6, 2017

Everything is On Table For California's Water Future

By Patrick Cavanaugh, Farm News Director

Now is the time to unite and plan California's water infrastructure. That’s what Adam Gray told California Ag Today recently. Gray is the California State Assembly representing the 21st Assembly District, Merced and Stanislaus Counties. He said there is an urgent need for unification in regards to California's water and the need for real changes to be made for future generations.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Contact: Pete Conaty, Legislative Advocate

(916) 492-0550





The American Legion, Department of California (Department) has named Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) as recipients of their 2017 Leo P. Burke Legislator of the Year awards. The Department’s Leo P. Burke Legislator of the Year award is bestowed to legislators who have supported California’s veterans, military members, and their families. The Legislature oversees and deliberates on a wide array of issues important to California Legionnaires such as: Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans memorials, veterans homes, veterans cemeteries, veterans outreach, assistance with claims filing, the National Guard, veterans in the criminal justice system, non-profit organization regulations, veterans license plates, as well as base realignment.

Senator Dodd and Assemblyman Gray were chosen for their leadership, support, and dedication to the veterans and service members of California. They will be presented their awards at the Department’s Annual Day at the Capitol event in the Spring of 2018.