(SACRAMENTO) — Today, Governor Jerry Brown announced the signing of Assembly Bill X2-15, authored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) and Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas). Assembly Bill X2-15, the End of Life Option Act, will grant mentally-capable, terminally-ill adults the option of requesting a doctor’s prescription for aid-in-dying drugs to painlessly and peacefully hasten their death. Following the signing of AB X2-15, Assemblymember Alejo issued the following statement:
“History was made today with Governor Brown’s approval of AB X2-15, the End of Life Option Act. After months of emotional debate and discussion, California is now the fifth state in the nation to offer terminally ill residents a peaceful and dignified way to end their suffering, and only the second to enact it through legislation behind Vermont.
Assemblymember Luis Alejo with League of California Cities President, Stephanie Aguilar League Advocate Dan Carrigg
SAN JOSE — Today, the League of California Cities honored Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) with their prestigious Legislator of the Year award. This award recognizes Alejo’s unwavering commitment to reestablishing a redevelopment tool for cities and counties throughout the state of California. On September 22, 2015, the Governor announced the signing of Assembly Bill 2, a measure allowing participating local agencies other than schools, to establish a Community Revitalization and Investment Authority (CRIA) to revitalize specified disadvantaged communities, including communities with crime or unemployment rates above the statewide median. The measure will also address the documented lack of affordable housing by requiring that no less than 25% of funds generated through a CRIA be set aside for affordable housing.
(SACRAMENTO) — Today, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced that they had reached a historic milestone: over 500,000 driver’s licenses have been issued to undocumented Californians under Assembly Bill 60. Assembly Bill 60 was a historic piece of legislation authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) in 2013 that restored the ability of undocumented California residents to apply for a driver’s license. Following the announcement from the DMV, Alejo issued the following statement:
"Today, the DMV announced that over 500,000 undocumented California residents have successfully obtained a driver’s license under AB 60. I am proud to have authored this historic measure for not only the millions of hard working undocumented Californians that call California home, but also the 38 million California residents that can now rest assured that everyone on California’s roads is properly licensed, tested and insured. I want to commend the Governor, his staff, and the Department of Motor Vehicles for their tireless work to make today a reality. The hardworking recipients of AB 60 licenses make tremendous contributions to our society and economy and now, the state has returned the favor by allowing them to drive safely to work, take their children to school, and further their contributions to California without fear. Additionally, after nine months of implementation, concerns voiced by the critics have not turned out to be true. Instead, AB 60 has been a win-win for all Californians.
Above: Fremont Elementary School Principal John Jimenez, Alisal Union School District Trustee Adella Lujan, Assistant District Superintendent of Human Resources Ricardo Cabrera, and Assemblymember Luis Alejo.
(SALINAS) — Yesterday, Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) presented a $5,000 Barona Education Grant to Fremont Elementary School.
This generous grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians, is awarded to one school in each legislative district in California. Schools must apply and have the official endorsement of their State Legislator to be considered for the grant.
(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Governor Jerry Brown announced the signing of Assembly Bill 2, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas). Assembly Bill 2 will allow participating local agencies, other than schools, to establish a Community Revitalization and Investment Authority (CRIA) in specified disadvantaged communities. This bill also has 25% set aside for affordable housing and will work to rebuild impoverished communities across the state.
“Today, we celebrate a major victory for our state’s most disadvantaged communities with the Governor’s signature of Assembly Bill 2,” states Alejo. “For three years I have work diligently with the Governor’s office and Assembly leadership to create policy that will serve as a new effective tool to help and uplift disadvantaged communities throughout the state. I want to thank the Governor for his leadership and thoughtful consideration on redevelopment. This is the right thing for jobs, economic development and affordable housing in California.”
(SACRAMENTO) — Today, Governor Brown announced the signing of Senate Bill 107, legislation to help local governments and improve disadvantages communities. Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) strongly advocated for two items included in the bill that will benefit San Benito County and Watsonville. Specifically for San Benito County, SB 107 corrects an accidental longstanding property tax allocation error that has cast a shadow over San Benito County for almost two decades.
“This debt forgiveness for San Benito County is long overdue,” states Alejo. “With hard work and persistence, I am proud the Governor moved to forgive this financial burden to the last county in the state with ERAF debt.” “
End of Life Option Act and the California New Motor Act Joint authored by Alejo also sent to the Governor
(SACRAMENTO) – Early Saturday morning Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and state legislators wrapped up the first year of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session.
“I commend my colleagues in the legislature for their hard work and commitment to the people of California,” states Alejo. “I’m proud to have been a part of this enormously productive year because California is officially back on track to a brighter and more promising future.”
(SACRAMENTO) — Today, Assembly Bill 30, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), passed the Assembly Floor on concurrence with a bipartisan vote of 59 to 9. Earlier this week, the State Senate also approved this bill with a bipartisan vote of 25 to 10. Assembly Bill 30 will establish the “California Racial Mascots Act,” phasing out the use of the term “Redskins” as a school or athletic team name, mascot, or nickname in California public schools.
“As the state with the largest Native American population in the country, we should not continue to allow a racial slur to be used by our public schools,” states Alejo. “California should lead the way and phase out the use of this derogatory term. A similar bill passed through the Legislature, but was unfortunately vetoed by the previous Administration. It’s time for California to do the right thing and phase out the use of this, dictionary defined, racial slur. Affected schools will be able to build school pride around a new mascot, just like other schools already have done.”
(SACRAMENTO) - Today, Assembly Bill 101, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo,
(D-Salinas), passed the Assembly Floor, on concurrence, with a bipartisan vote of 61 to 15. The
State Senate also approved this bill yesterday with bipartisan support, a 29 to 10 vote. This bill
requires the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to oversee the development of a model
curriculum on Ethnic Studies by establishing an Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee. The State Board
of Education (SBE) will then adopt this model curriculum, so that schools with grades 7-12, may
offer an Ethnic Studies course as a Social Science Elective.
(SACRAMENTO)— Yesterday, Assembly Bill 182, author by Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas), and sponsored by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, passed the Assembly Floor on concurrence with a bipartisan vote of 53 to 24. The bill also passed the Senate Floor with a vote of 26 to 14 last Thursday. Assembly Bill 182 will expand the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 to allow challenges to district-based elections that are being imposed or applied in a manner that impairs the ability of a protected class of voters to elect candidates of their choice. Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) are joint authors of this bill.
“Voter disenfranchisement is not just a thing of the past, but a reality that still persists today,” states Alejo. “This measure is a means for us to protect voters from being excluded and ensure that we have a working democracy in California for years to come.”