Supporting the life sciences

As a member of the Assembly Health Committee, I am working to open up access for new innovative treatments, cures and therapies that directly impact the lives of thousands of Californians. Ensuring that California maintains its pivotal role as a center for life sciences research is a vital part of these efforts. Continuing the medical […]

Public servants, including some firefighters, have forgotten what public service means

We need firefighters to fight fires and perform rescues. They risk their lives and retire early for health reasons. However, taxes are being raised to cover firefighter salaries and pensions that are just not in line with reality. When the Daily Press reported that close to 90 percent of Victorville property tax revenue would go […]

Combating the heroin epidemic

My Assembly Bill 182, the Heroin and Opioid Public Education (HOPE) Act helps to combat the growth of heroin and Opioid abuse throughout California. Heroin, a cheaper equivalent to opioids, has become widely available, and unfortunately, California is now ground zero in this escalating epidemic. Heroin use has increased across the United States in all […]

Melendez opposes appointment of Xavier Becerra as California attorney general

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Public Safety Committee Vice Chair Melissa A. Melendez, (R-Lake Elsinore), released the following statement in response to the appointment of Xavier Becerra as California attorney general. “While crime rates have continued to increase in California, I’m extremely disappointed the governor’s attorney general appointee sees waging a bitter ideological battle as his main […]

Assembly back to work

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has appointed me to serve on six committees for the new two-year session. I’m excited to be re-appointed to Health Committee and address many issues important to my district, including access and affordable health insurance, Medi-Cal and Denti-Cal, clinics, mental health treatment and long-term care facilities. My experience as a city […]

Sen. Charles E. Schumer is guilty of bipartisan deceit

Using terms like “my fellow Democrats,” “my party” and “Republicans,” Sen. Charles E. Schumer is stating “Democrats” will do everything they can to delay confirmation hearings of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. According to a “Washington Post” article Jan. 1, Schumer seems to be rallying against Republicans rather than standing for the American people. In […]

Lawmakers react to governor’s State of State Address

RIVERSIDE – Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address Jan. 24, raised the prospect of “partisan fights” that could prove costly to California but also boasted a heartening message of standing up for all Californians “in the face of uncertainty,” Riverside County lawmakers said in reaction to the speech. In his annual message, Brown […]

Career training is needed for job growth

The best way to reduce poverty is to bring more of citizens into the workforce. While government subsidies can help overcome temporary setbacks, the only permanent way to increase overall prosperity is through permanent, well-paying jobs. Unfortunately, many Californians are now struggling to secure good jobs, even though many jobs are available. In 2012, the […]