Weekly Newsletter 01.21.2020

Dear Friend,


The weekly newsletter is a great way to stay up-to-date on the work I'm doing on behalf of our Valley. I use this as a venue to tell the story of how the work I'm doing in Washington and in the district impacts you. Each week I will highlight important pieces of legislation I'm working on, show you how I'm engaging with constituents on the issues, and tell you about upcoming events in the district. I'm in the district this week to hear from constituents and community leaders and update them on the important work I'm doing on behalf of the Valley in Washington. Here are some highlights:  

Expanding health care access



California and the Central Valley face a dangerous doctor shortage in the next decade. I introduced a bill to provide up to $200 million to curb the shortfall of primary care providers in California and help UCSF-Fresno strengthen and expand its program to train doctors. For 40 years, I have supported building a medical school in the Valley; while in the state legislature, I secured the funding for the downtown UCSF-Fresno campus, and now in Congress, I am working to deliver funding to help this program expand. Growing our own doctors is essential to confronting this medical crisis. I will fight for every dollar to ensure Valley residents have access to the healthcare they deserve.


I also had the pleasure of touring Golden Valley Health Centers' new Northview Campus in Merced. This new facility will improve access to care for residents of northern Merced by providing walk-in urgent care, family medicine, pediatrics and a range of other services. I'm hopeful that if H.R. 3 - the Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Now Act receives consideration in the Senate, we can continue to expand health clinics in the Valley with the $10 billion the bill would provide for building community health centers nationwide.


Striving for equality for all


It was a proud moment to march with Fresno and Merced to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr . A true champion of equality, King serves as an example for all of us on how we can work together to make our country a better place. He often said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?" I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure everyone enjoys the same fundamental civil rights, because in the words of King, "the time is always right to do what is right." 


Engaging the Valley's future leaders


I had the opportunity to sit down with some civic-minded students from Delhi Middle School. These 8th grade students wrote to me to share their opinions on issues important to them. We talked about my role as Representative for our district and discussed ways they could get more involved. I'm proud these students are exercising their political voice at such a young age.


Fighting human trafficking


It was an honor to receive the American Trucking Association's Trucking Cares Foundation Congressional Award for my efforts to combat human trafficking. As co-chair and founder of the Crime Survivors and Justice Caucus, I have worked diligently to secure funding and pursue legislation that helps to end this injustice and provide victims with the relief they deserve. 


Valley lands important dollars


One of my highest priorities is to see taxpayer dollars come back to the district. I'm pleased to report that the Department of Transportation has awarded several grants to counties throughout the Valley. Fresno County will receive $5.1 million to construct a new bus maintenance and operations facility, while Merced County will receive $2 million to purchase zero-emission electric buses. The Yosemite Regional Transportation System (YARTS) will also receive $4.3 million to purchase battery-electric buses. 


Meeting of the Week: 


It was my pleasure to sit down with Juan Roman, the new president of the Merced Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Joined by board member and local business owner Maida Miranda, we discussed ways my office can help local business thrive and the need for meaningful immigration reform. 


Upcoming Events Across the District:

Fresno Street Eats Vol. 13: Warm & Cozy

Tioga Sequoia Brewing and Fresno Street Eats will host a variety of food trucks with all the things that keep you warm and cozy: soup, pho, pozole, tamales, coffee, and baked goods, among others. It's free to get in and open to all ages.

WhereTioga Sequoia Brewing Company, 745 Fulton St,              Fresno, CA 93721

WhenFriday, January 24, 2020, 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Find more information here




14TH Annual Jurassic Rock Jam

The 14th annual Jurassic Rock Jam will host Fresno rock bands to raise awareness and funds to fight against Donovan’s disease.

Donovan Rivas is little boy who suffers from a very rare connective tissue disease. He and his family live in Fresno. You can learn more about Donovan here.

Where: Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero, Fresno, CA 93721

When: Saturday, January 25, 2020, 7:00 PM -                                       Sunday, January 26, 2020, 12:00 AM. Doors at 6:30                  PM

Find more information here


Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The UC Merced Center for the Humanities will be showcasing a variety of films about nature and the environment. Films being showcased include: ‘Mother of All Rivers’, ‘Art for Change’, ‘The Fisherman’s Son’ and many more. These films are meant to illustrate and provoke responses from audiences about how nature impacts mankind.

Where:  UC Merced Center for the Humanities, 5200 N                             Lake Rd, Merced, California 95343

When: Friday, January 31, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Find more information here.



Merced’s ‘State of the City’ Address

Strong discussion about Merced’s economic development, homelessness, public safety, infrastructure and many other topics, giving the people of Merced the opportunity to learn best how to capitalize on the opportunities of their city.

Where: 301 Main Street, Merced Theatre, Merced, CA              95340

When: Friday, February 7, 10:30AM -12:00PM

Find more information here.


2020 Valley Business Awards

The Fresno Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 2020 Valley Business Awards to recognize the achievements of entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the Valley. 

Where: Fresno Convention Center, 848 M Street, Fresno, CA 93721

When: February 12, 2020 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Find more information here.


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Jim Costa
Member of Congress

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