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

Monday, May 8, 2017

Adam Gray got an “F” on his report card – or one of them, anyway. That could really mess up the 21st District Assemblyman’s chances of being valedictorian some day.

Friday, May 5, 2017

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) was joined by the 4th Grade GATE class of Margaret Sheehy Elementary School in Merced to present Assembly Bill 1067, to designate the almond as the state’s official state nut, to the Assembly Government Organization Committee. “These exceptional students began the school year studying all things California,” said Gray. “After learning about the numerous other state symbols that exist, they were surprised to find out that California lacks an official state nut. They wrote to me requesting introduction of this bill and came to Sacramento today to advocate for the passage of this legislation.” The students and Assemblymember Gray were also joined at the hearing by representatives from the Modesto Nuts baseball team including team mascots Al the almond, Wally the walnut, and Shelly the pistachio. Check out the fun in this Assembly Access video.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) was joined at the State Capitol today by the 4th Grade GATE class of Margaret Sheehy Elementary School in Merced. The class of gifted and talented 4th graders served as Gray’s expert witnesses in support of a bill, AB 1067, to designate the almond as the state’s official state nut.

Friday, April 28, 2017


For Immediate Release: April 28, 2017
Contact: Megan Belair – (916) 319-2021


New Democrats Form Executive Committee and Name Assemblymember Gray as Convener


SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) today announced that Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) has been named the convener of the informal caucus of moderate Democrat Assemblymembers known as the New Democrats, effective immediately.


“I am honored to have been selected as convener by my colleagues and look forward to working to find common ground and real solutions to the problems facing our state,” said Assemblymember Gray. “The New Democrats are committed to a pragmatic approach that promotes the interests of hard-working Californians alienated by the extreme partisanship of both the left and the right.”


In addition, the New Democrats today announced the creation of an executive committee that will collaboratively set policy discussion.


"With 37 million residents in California, it takes a collaborative approach from each of our members to tackle the myriad of issues facing Californian families and businesses everyday,” said Assemblymember Salas. “The restructuring of the New Democrats will allow each of our members to utilize their strengths in tackling these issues."


Friday, April 28, 2017


For Immediate Release: April 25, 2017
Contact: Adam Capper – (916) 319-2021


Legislation Restoring Fairness to California Water Management One Step Closer to Becoming Law


SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill 313, introduced by Assemblyman Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) to provide solutions for California’s broken water management structure, cleared an important hurdle Tuesday. AB 313 was approved by the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife at its regular hearing. Committee members voted 13-0 to send the bill onto the next step.


“It’s time to bring some fairness back to the equation for California’s water rights holders,” said Gray. “Time and again, we’ve seen state agencies act with unchecked power, with little accountability to the communities they’re supposed to serve. The current system isn’t just inadequate – it’s imbalanced. This bill begins a critically necessary reform of the state’s water management, removing inherent biases and conflicts of interest.”


Monday, April 10, 2017

After years of discussion and hours of debate, the State Legislature approved the Road Repair and Accountability Act. The landmark transportation investment package will invest $52-billion over the next ten years to fix our roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California including $400 million to extend ACE rail to Ceres and Merced as well as $100 million to fully construct the UC Merced Campus Parkway.

Thursday, April 6, 2017


SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) issued the following statement today after lending his support to a transportation plan to raise new revenues for road maintenance and transportation infrastructure while asking voters to constitutionally safeguard these funds: