SAN BERNARDINO, CA-- Former Assembly members John Longville and Wilmer Amina Carter, respectively, endorsed Abigail Medina’s campaign for the 40th Assembly District. Their endorsements add to the growing list of local leaders supporting Abigail Medina for Assembly, who was endorsed by education leader Assembly member Jose Medina earlier this month.
“I am very honored to receive their early endorsement in this journey. I’ve raised my family in this community and worked to improve education for our students,” said Abigail Medina, a parent and trustee for the San Bernardino City School board. “Residents can count on me to do best for our district and region.”
“I am proud to endorse Abigail,” said Carter. “Abigail's dedication to our families in the San Bernardino region shows that she will be a true representative of our community. She has served our diverse residents, with a strong work ethic and passion to improve education.”
Carter served 16 years on the Rialto School Board, from 1983 to 1999, and in the state Assembly from 2006 to 2012. The longtime philanthropist has served on over 30 local and national organizations. She has been an advocate and leader in education, health, economic development and the sustainability of our region.
“How well we educate our children largely determines whether or not they will have productive, successful lives,” said Longville. “As a school board member, Abigail Medina has focused her attention on improving education here in San Bernardino, and this year’s amazing improvements in high school graduation rates show she’s on the right track. In Sacramento Abigail will use those same skills and abilities to bring us the funding and program changes we need for our children.”
Longville served 7 years on the Rialto City Council, was the Mayor of Rialto from 1987 to 1998 and served in the Assembly from 1998 to 2004. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District and a Trustee on the San Bernardino Community College District.
Both Longville and Carter served as staff members for the late Congressman George Brown Jr. Congressman George Brown, Jr. served the region for 34 years– the longest serving in California history. Brown was a progressive Democrat who spoke out against the Vietnam War and fought for the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The 40th Assembly District stretches from Rancho Cucamonga, over the San Bernardino Mountains, San Bernardino, Highland, Loma Linda, Mentone, and Redlands. President Obama won the district in 2012, Governor Jerry Brown in 2010, and Congressman Pete Aguilar won the region in 2014. In 2012, Democrat Russ Warner came under less than 1% from the seat. Abigail provides Democrats the best opportunity to pick up the Assembly seat in 2016.
Abigail Medina, the oldest daughter of working-class immigrants, was born in Torrance, California. Abigail moved with her husband to San Bernardino almost 20 years ago to raise their family. She is a mother of five and has been an effective parent leader, advocate and a strong voice in education. Abigail worked as the Senior Parent Organizer for Congregation Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE) where she spent her time and effort addressing the issues of working class families. Abigail is also the founder of a not-for-profit organization, Talented and Gifted in the Inland Empire (TaGIE). Abigail’s passion for educational prosperity, economic dignity and the overall quality of life in our community, along the overwhelming support of residents inspired her to run for School Board.
When Abigail ran for school board, she was determined to give the underrepresented families a voice. Since her election to the board, she has spearheaded and moved our district forward to improve the quality of education for our students by ensuring:
• Parent Engagement a District Priority
• Creating a Director Position for Parent Engagement
• Allocating Funding for Diverse Groups of Underserved Students
• Improving Grading Scale Policy for Secondary Education
• Expanding AVID into Elementary Schools
• Aligning Graduation Requirement to meet our CSU/UC A-G Requirements
• Inclusion Classes for Students with Special Needs
• Early Development for Career Pathways
• Expanding GATE Certification Training to All Teachers
• Alternatives to Suspensions and Expulsions
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By Anthony Victoria, Inland Empire Community News
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - A group of community organizers, school district officials, and residents marched through G Street in San Bernardino on Wednesday June 10 to shed light on the issue of human trafficking.
The demonstration– the second that has taken place in the city in 2015–was led by San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) Youth Services director Ray Culberson. The long time community advocate said motivation to hold demonstrations comes through the experiences of helping young girls escape prostitution. He said he is devoted to addressing the issue and bringing a long-term solution.
... At the district level, SBCUSD board member Abigail Medina mentioned there are measures to help curb human trafficking and other harmful activities that afflict youth. The district is working to implement Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) programs to help students, as well as creating a Youth Court where peers provide a support system to help at-risk students.
“We don’t want to wait until Middle School or High School, and wait until they get negative support from outside,” Medina explained. “We want to make sure we figure out ways to support them within school sites.”
Moreover, Medina believes marches is just the beginning of a strategic plan that aims to engage with victims and residents on a more personal basis.
“This is a good way to take a stand,” she said. “However, we need to meet up with victims and neighborhood residents to find out first hand what they are experiencing.”
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