Thursday, June 14, 2018

For Immediate Release: June 14, 2018
Contact: Adam Capper
Phone: (916) 319-2021

Gray Applauds Passage of State Budget with Local Investments in Jobs and Homelessness

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) praised the passage of the 2018-19 California State Budget and highlighted a number of local investments vital to the success of working families in the San Joaquin Valley.

“The budget is a product of compromise,” said Gray. “It gets a lot right but some wrong. We have expanded tax credits to reward low-income families for hard work, made good on the promise to fully fund our schools and universities, directed billions into our transportation infrastructure, and made investments to improve the quality of life in the northern San Joaquin Valley. Still, the budget fails to address California’s dire need for additional water storage, makes only modest improvements to health care delivery in rural California, and fails to make law enforcement a funding priority. There are a number of challenges facing California that we must address. On the whole, this budget is a good start.”

Thursday, June 7, 2018


For Immediate Release: June 7, 2018
Contact: Adam Capper (916) 319-2021

CASA of Merced County Honorees 6.6.18

Assemblymember Gray Honors CASA of Merced County as the Nonprofit of the Year in Sacramento

Sacramento – Assemblymember Adam Gray was pleased to honor the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Merced County as the 2018 California Nonprofit of the Year from his Assembly District at California Nonprofits Day at the Capitol.

Cathie Lancaster, Executive Director, Nancy Young-Bergman, Founding President, and Bette Woolstenhulme, former Board President, traveled to Sacramento to join with one hundred other nonprofit leaders to be honored by their state Senators and Assemblymembers during a celebration luncheon as part of the 2018 California Nonprofits Day.

“CASA volunteers are often the key element in improving the lives and future of children in the Dependency Court System,” according to Assemblymember Gray. “What these generous and caring members of our community do for some of our most vulnerable children cannot be overstated.”

Founded in September 2010, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Merced County is dedicated to providing quality intervention and advocacy services for abused, abandoned, and neglected children. CASA is seen nationally as a positive solution to the high volume of dependency cases, and Merced County faces one of the highest caseloads per capita in the state. CASA provides important information to the Court in order to assist the judge in making the life-changing decisions that he must make.

“Children in Merced County need our protection,” said Cathie Lancaster. “Almost 5,600 reports of child abuse or neglect in Merced County are recorded annually. As of 2017, the number of children in foster care was over 500. Many of these children are no longer able to be returned to their parents in hopes of reunification and are waiting adoption or being placed in permanent foster homes.”

Friday, June 1, 2018

ABC30 recently reported on Asm. Gray's efforts to establish a medical school in our region:

By Nathalie Granda

Thursday, May 31, 2018 06:52PM

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) --

From a StanCOG Press Release:

California Transportation Commission Commits $2.7 Billion To Safety, Congestion, and Freight Improvements 

State Route 132 Receives $21 Million

Fulkerth Interchange Receives $3,009,000

The California Transportation Commission (Commission) approved $2.7 billion in funding for 61 transportation projects Wednesday that will increase safety, decrease congestion, and move goods more efficiently throughout the state. 

The Commission approved funding for three competitive programs created by the Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB 1): the Local Partnership Program, the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program, and the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program. The amount of money requested far outweighed what was available for this first round of funding. 

“Before SB 1, California’s transportation infrastructure was crumbling faster than we could maintain, repair, or replace it,” says Commission Chair Fran Inman. “The intense competition for these programs is proof that the gas tax increase is very much needed.” 

In total, local and state agencies submitted more than 150 project applications requesting more than $5 billion dollars. The total available for the first round of funding is about $2.7 billion. 

“It’s important to think about this funding as a river, not a pond,” explains Commissioner Paul Van Konynenburg. “By increasing the gas tax, SB 1 provides a steady, ongoing source of revenue for the next decade and beyond, so there will continue to be funding for much-needed projects.” 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Assemblymember Gray Speaks to the American Legion

Assemblymember Gray receiving the American Legion, Department of California's 2017 Leo P. Burke Legislator of the Year Award

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2018
Contact: Adam Capper
Phone: (916) 319-2021


Major Progress Made in Effort to Establish San Joaquin Valley Medical School


SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D – Merced) today announced that his bill to fund the creation of a San Joaquin Valley medical school passed its first committee vote with unanimous, bipartisan support. Gray also praised the University of California for the release of a complementary report which highlights the health care shortages that exist in the San Joaquin Valley and suggests a path towards the establishment of more robust medical infrastructure in the Valley, including the establishment of a fully independent medical school at UC Merced. The report was funded by a budget item Gray secured in 2015.


“Today marks a renewed effort to undertake the construction of major new medical infrastructure projects in the Valley,” said Gray. “The UC’s report highlights the compelling access to care failures that families in the Valley know all too well. We simply are not providing adequate health care for one of the fastest growing, poorest, and least healthy regions of the state.”

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

For Immediate Release: April 24, 2018
Contact: Lisa Mantarro (209) 521-2111


Assemblymember Adam Gray Names

Wolfsen’s Meat and Sausage as 2018 Small Business of the Year

Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) announced today the selection of Wolfsen’s Meat and Sausage of Gustine as the 2018 Small Business of the Year for the 21st Assembly District. The annual “Small Business Day” event and luncheon are organized in partnership with the California Small Business Association, and feature representatives from each of California’s Legislative districts.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2018
Contact: Taylor Giroux – (916) 319-2021


New Democrats Introduce Fiscally Responsible Savings Account


SACRAMENTO – Today, the California New Democrats introduced landmark legislation to create a new, more flexible state savings account to weather the state’s boom-and-bust revenue cycle and insulate Californians from the drastic cuts made during recessions. The measure, Assembly Bill 1740, will establish a complementary account to the state’s existing “Rainy Day Fund.” This proposal is consistent with the Assembly Democrats’ “Blueprint for a Responsible Budget,” released in January.

“If we don’t save during the good times, we will inevitability be forced to make cuts to critical services during the bad. Education, public safety, and other important government services will all be on the chopping block without sufficient reserves to weather us through the next recession,” the New Democrats said in a statement.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

For Immediate Release: April 10, 2018
Contact: Adam Capper
Phone: (916) 319-2021


Gray Demands Action After State Water Board Loses in Court


SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D – Merced) renewed calls today to fix the state’s broken water rights management system following a court ruling that condemned the State Water Resources Control Board’s broken enforcement process.


In a case between the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) and the State Water Board, a judge ruled this month that the Board lacks the authority to issue curtailment notices to pre-1914 and riparian water right holders. The judge ruled that the Board violated BBID’s due process rights by ordering immediate cessation of diversions and threatening the district with large fines without first providing the district its right to due process.


“The ruling reaffirms what we have known for some time,” Gray said. “We need to reform the State Water Board’s coercive enforcement process to guarantee water rights holders a fair hearing and due process. The Judge’s decision makes that clearer than ever.”