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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

First Class Petty Officer John Ceccoli

Assemblymember Adam Gray honored First Class Petty Officer John Ceccoli of Merced as the Veteran of the Year for the 21st Assembly District. First Class Petty Officer Ceccoli was honored today at a luncheon in Sacramento.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

ASSEMBLYMEMBER ADAM C. GRAY
21ST ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
For Immediate Release: June 15, 2017
Contact: Adam Capper
Phone: (916) 319-2021

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) praised the passage of the 2017-18 California State Budget and highlighted a number of local investments vital to the success of working families in the San Joaquin Valley including $5 million in dedicated funding to Merced and Stanislaus County to combat homelessness.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

California lawmakers took a step toward restructuring water rights hearings throughout the state last week when Assembly Bill 313, introduced by Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced), overwhelmingly passed the Assembly, moving the bill which aims to fix the state’s broken water management structure closer to becoming law.

Monday, June 5, 2017

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) -- A state assembly bill aimed at helping fairground funding throughout the state is moving forward. The bill would help state fairs make repairs while bringing in more entertainment and revenue.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) named Do Good Distillery of Modesto as the 2017 Small Business of the Year for the 21st Assembly District. Jim and Liz Harrelson, owners of the Do Good Distillery, were honored today at a luncheon in Sacramento.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

ASSEMBLYMEMBER ADAM C. GRAY
21ST ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
For Immediate Release: May 31, 2017
Contact: Megan Belair
Phone: (916) 319-2021

05.31.17 New Dems CT.pdf

New Democrats Outline Key Provisions for Cap-and-Trade Extension

Group wants to ensure California’s continued environmental leadership while also protecting state’s economy

SACRAMENTO – As a result of Governor Jerry Brown’s signal that the Legislature should agree by June 15 on legislation to extend the Cap-and-Trade program, today the New Democrats outlined key points that the extension must include to ensure the state’s continued environmental and economic leadership in climate policy.

“Over the past several weeks, the New Democrats have had lengthy conversations on components that we believe are fundamental to an all-encompassing, effective response to the threat of climate change,” said Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced). “California must continue to lead the world by implementing a strong climate policy that ensures both a healthy environment for future Californians and growth in all sectors of our economy.”

Among the provisions the New Democrats believe must be included in the extension of the Cap-and-Trade program:

  • Cap-and-Trade must be the primary greenhouse gas reduction method for California to meet its 2030 goals.
  • Cap-and-Trade needs to be a cost-effective mechanism to fight climate change and, therefore, must include cost containment tools like carbon offsets and free allowances that reduce the direct burden on consumers and limit emissions leakage to other states.
  • Any Cap-and-Trade extension should sunset in 2025 to ensure continued legislative oversight. Furthermore, an analysis by the Legislative Analyst’s Office is crucial to evaluating the performance of the program in its entirety.
  • Workforce development and job training for the green economy are fundamental to achieving our climate goals and transitioning California’s workforce.
  • Program revenues should prioritize addressing localized air pollution, particularly in non-attainment zones.
  • Rural California and impacted industries - like agriculture and goods movement - should benefit from equipment upgrade incentive programs to allow them to be more competitive in the marketplace, while reducing their emissions.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California lawmakers acted decisively Tuesday to make fixes to the state’s broken water management structure. Assembly Bill 313, introduced by Assemblyman Adam C. Gray (D-Merced), overwhelmingly passed the California Assembly with an initial 55-0 vote. The bill makes necessary reforms to how the state manages water rights.

“Anyone who deals with California water knows the system is broken,” Gray said. “Today’s vote sends a clear message that we realize it’s time to get to work, starting with restoring the fairness our water rights holders expect and deserve.”

Friday, May 19, 2017

As excerpted from the Fresno Bee:

California is about to go nuts thanks to some fourth-graders from Merced
To some, California has long had the reputation of being a little nutty. Now, a fourth-grade class in Merced is trying to make it official.

Earlier this year, students from Margaret Sheehy Elementary School launched a letter-writing campaign urging their local state legislators to draft a bill making almonds the official California nut. After all, almonds are big business in California, valued at $4 billion and creating more than 100,000 jobs. Besides, California has lots of other “official” stuff like the state flower, bird and rock. Heck, we even have a state lichen.

 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Last week’s Operation Scrapbook went off without a hitch, but county officials say it wouldn’t have been possible without VIPER, a program signed into California’s budget by the governor.

The Violence Interruption/Prevention Emergency Response program recruited, hired and trained analysts, set up a facility and acquired equipment to begin its operation. The program became fully operational in mid-February and played a key role in putting dozens of Sureño gang members behind bars, officials say.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Re “Watchdog group gives Gray an ‘F,’ but that may not be bad” (Page 3A, May 9): I would like to thank Jeff Jardine for the article on Adam Gray. I am one of many Republicans who voted for Assemblyman Gray and will continue to do so. He works for all of his constituents, not just his party. I do not agree with his vote on the gas tax hike, but I do not expect to like everything that he does. We are retired dairy farmers and feel that he is looking out for the farmers and dairymen in his district and I appreciate that. If the far left groups like the People's Report Card of California don't approve of him, then that tells me that he must be doing something right and I give him an A+ on my report card. No politician should represent their party, they should represent the people who elected them and that is what Adam Gray does.

Rita F. Silva, Los Banos