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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Assemblymember Adam Gray honored Modesto American GI Forum Commander Steve Fimbrez as the Veteran of the Year for the 21st Assembly District. Commander Fimbrez was honored yesterday at a luncheon in Sacramento.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

ASSEMBLYMEMBER ADAM C. GRAY
21ST ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
For Immediate Release: June 19, 2018
Contact: Lisa Mantarro (209) 521-2111

Wolfsen’s Meat and Sausage Honored at the State Capitol  as 2018 Small Business of the Year for AD 21

Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) joined Vance, Donna, and Warren Wolfsen as they were honored as this year’s “Small Business of the Year” at a luncheon in Sacramento. 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 120 Legislative districts.

Wolfsen’s began as the “West Side Locker” in the 1940s offering custom butchering for wild game hunters. The current owners purchased the business in 1988 and eventually focused in on their mission of making and selling high quality meats and sausages. They are known for their “old-world style linguica,” enjoyed by many Merced County natives, and their store has attracted a regular following of customers from every corner of California. Assemblymember Gray and the Wolfsen family were pleasantly surprised to encounter the honorees from the 13th Assembly District, Genova Bakery of Stockton, which provides Wolfsen’s with the artisan bread used in their deli.

 “Today was a wonderful opportunity to recognize the contributions of California’s small businesses – they are the backbone of our economy,” said Gray.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Three years ago, I secured $1 million in funding from the state budget for the University of California to study a medical school at its Merced campus. My goal was to highlight the dramatic disparities in access to care for residents of Merced County and reinvigorate the conversations around developing a medical school.

The UC’s report, “Improving Health Care Access in the San Joaquin Valley,” is now completed and details numerous health challenges faced by residents of the San Joaquin Valley along with a number of recommendations to improve access to care. A companion report, “Current and Future Health Professions Workforce Needs in the San Joaquin Valley,” includes statistics on healthcare workforce shortages.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

ASSEMBLYMEMBER ADAM C. GRAY
21ST ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
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

ASSEMBLYMEMBER ADAM C. GRAY

21ST ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
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