Press Releases

Friday, December 14, 2018

For Immediate Release: December 13, 2018
Contact: Adam Capper
Phone: (916) 319-2021

Gray Calls for Lawsuit to Halt Implementation of State Water Grab

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) released the following statement after the State Water Resources Control Board voted to adopt proposed amendments to the Bay-Delta Plan:

“This plan is dangerous. It fails to protect people, it fails to protect the environment, and it fails to justify destroying thousands of jobs in one of the highest unemployment areas of the state. Despite the legitimate and comprehensive alternatives put forward by our local irrigation districts, the Water Board shoved their fingers in their ears and adopted their plan as is.

Board Member D’Adamo did a yeoman’s job breaking down the issue and offered up real solutions. But her efforts were in vain.

The Water Board had a clear choice to make tonight. They could have embraced settlement agreements and secured real tangible improvements for fish and habitat within less than a year. Instead they chose to adopt their disastrous plan and guaranteed a decade’s worth of litigation.

We will see you in court.”

Thursday, September 27, 2018


For Immediate Release: September 27, 2018
Contact: Adam Capper
Phone: (916) 319-2021

San Joaquin Valley Medical School Fund Becomes Law


Thursday, August 16, 2018


For Immediate Release: August 15, 2018
Contact: Megan Belair – (209) 726-5465


500+ Rally to “Stop the State Water Grab”

Ahead of Pivotal Water Board Decision
Drinking Water, Farms, and Food at Risk


SACRAMENTO, CA – More than 500 farmers, laborers, students, and citizens opposed to a state plan to disrupt the water supply of more than three million northern Californians will demonstrate on the North Steps of the State Capitol on Monday, August 20, starting at Noon.


The Stop the State Water Grab Rally comes just days ahead of the State Water Resources Control Board’s hearing to consider a plan to sharply curtail water flows to nearly 3 million people from the North San Joaquin Valley to the Bay Area. Besides threatening drinking water supplies, the plan would jeopardize a multibillion-dollar farming industry, while providing little proof of environmental benefit.


The Water Board’s plan would initially divert 40 percent of flows from the Tuolumne, Merced, and Stanislaus rivers despite dozens of scientific studies showing there are alternatives that would do more to help native fish populations. State regulators have ignored the research and the voice of the people who depend on this water to survive.


Families, businesses owners, water officials and other Californians will head to the State Capitol to highlight the far-reaching and devastating impacts of this misguided State Water Grab and urge the state Board to reject the proposal as currently written.


WHAT:            Stop the State Water Grab Rally

DATE:              August 20, 2018

TIME:               12 Noon

LOCATION:     State Capitol, North Steps

VISUALS:         500+people, signs, banners, marching band


For more information, contact the office of California Assemblyman Adam Gray at (209) 726-5465.


Stop the State Water Grab Media Advisory.pdf


Friday, July 6, 2018

For Immediate Release: July 6, 2018
Contact: Adam Capper
Phone: (916) 319-2021

The Next Chapter of California’s Water Wars Has Begun

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) released the following statement condemning today’s announcement from the State Water Resources Control Board to ignore decade’s worth of science and public opinion by adopting radical new requirements to seize and waste critically needed San Joaquin Valley water supplies.

“The State Water Resources Control Board’s decision today is the first shot fired in the next chapter of California’s water wars. The board has chosen to create, in their own words, ‘a permanent regulatory drought’ and shrugged off our concerns as ‘significant but unavoidable’.

This is what theft looks like. A small group of special interests have spent years plotting one of the largest water takes in our state’s history. They attempted and failed to change the law and win in court, so instead they have infiltrated government itself. They positioned their allies to influence the process from within and spent hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money to prop up their house of cards. Despite entire agencies at their disposal and seemingly unlimited funds, no amount of trickery can obscure the truth – their fish first philosophy will decimate our region, poison our drinking water, and provide no environmental benefit what-so-ever.

These special interests are desperate to claim the moral high ground and demonize our entire region. They speak about the people of the San Joaquin Valley as if we are parasites on the land and demand we apologize for our very existence.

They do this because without the zealous drumbeat of environmentalism on their side, the truth would have an opportunity to surface. People would begin to question the wisdom of poisoning the drinking water of poor immigrant communities or the sense in decimating the farms that feed the nation and fields that make California’s farm-to-fork movement possible. People would question why the proponents of a plan designed to save fish cannot demonstrate any meaningful benefit to those very fish or why the questions and concerns of a million people do not deserve even a halfhearted response. People might even question whether it is really environmentally friendly to sacrifice the health of one environment for the health of another.

They have left us no alternative. We will continue to negotiate with the best interests of the Valley at heart, but, if the state continues to violate the principles of good faith, a decades worth of lawsuits are about to begin.

The final public comment period is now open until July 27th with final adoption scheduled for August 21st. Please submit your comments to tell the State Water Board exactly how their plan will impact your community. They have made the comment period short to try to keep us quiet. Let’s not let them.”

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

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.

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.”