Press Releases

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

ASSEMBLYMEMBER ADAM C. GRAY
21ST ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
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.”

Monday, March 12, 2018

Pictured – Assemblymember Brian Dahle, Assemblymember Adam Gray, Connie Roberts on behalf of her mother, Lillian Roberts, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, Speaker Anthony Rendon

ASSEMBLYMEMBER ADAM C. GRAY
21ST ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
For Immediate Release: March 12, 2018
Contact: Megan Belair
Phone: (916)319-2021

LILLIAN ROBERTS NAMED 21ST ASSEMBLY DISTRICT ‘WOMAN OF THE YEAR’

SACRAMENTO –On Monday, March 12,  Ms. Lillian Roberts of Merced was honored as the Woman of the Year from the 21st Assembly District by the California State Assembly during a ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Assemblymember Adam Gray nominated Roberts, who has been a local leader in the area of education and civil rights for half a century or more. She was instrumental in accomplishing the desegregation of schools in Merced County, serving as the first African-American teacher.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

ASSEMBLYMEMBER ADAM C. GRAY
21ST ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
For Immediate Release: February 15, 2018
Contact: Adam Capper
Phone: (916) 319-2021

Assemblyman Gray’s Legislation Renews Calls for UC Merced Medical School and Improved Valley Healthcare

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D – Merced) announced the introduction of legislation to establish a medical school at the University of California, Merced as well as bills aimed at improving health outcomes in rural California. AB 2202 would appropriate an unspecified amount of funding from the state’s multibillion dollar general fund surplus to establish the University of California, Merced School of Medicine.

 

“Establishing a medical school at UC Merced to serve the Central Valley was part and parcel to the inception of the campus three decades ago,” said Gray. “I commend UC Merced’s inventive implementation of the 2020 plan and SJV PRIME program while receiving less state assistance than any UC campus before it. In a year when we expect a multibillion dollar surplus, now is the time for the state to invest in the creation of this critically needed medical school. The Central Valley is significantly disadvantaged when it comes to our shortage of health care professionals and infrastructure. Locating a medical school in the heart of the region is an obvious solution we should have implemented a long time ago.”

Thursday, January 25, 2018

ASSEMBLYMEMBER ADAM C. GRAY
21ST ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
For Immediate Release: January 25, 2018
Contact: Megan Belair
Phone: (916) 319-2021

 

Assemblymember Gray Issues Statement on Governor Brown's 2018 State of the State Address

 

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D – Merced) released the following statement following Governor Brown’s State of the State Address:

 

“When Governor Brown took office in 2011, California was reeling from an economic downturn that resulted in a $27 billion deficit. California now enjoys a multi-billion dollar surplus. I continue to support and applaud the Governor’s fiscal prudence.”

 

“I appreciate the Governor’s commitment to address California’s aging infrastructure,” continued Gray. “However, funding roads, water, rail and housing is only half the battle. We must make the necessary reforms to ensure that these projects can be built on time and on budget.”

 

“Many serious issues remain to be addressed, including fulfilling our promise to build water storage infrastructure, reducing the state’s unfunded debt liabilities, and expanding access to healthcare in rural regions. I look forward to partnering with the Governor on these and other issues that affect California’s families.”

 

Today’s State of the State address was the sixteenth and final address for Governor Brown. More information is available at www.asmdc.org/gray.

 

 

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Assemblymember Adam C. Gray represents the 21st Assembly District which includes all of Merced County and portions of Stanislaus County.