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(SACRAMENTO) — Last week, the City of Soledad unveiled the “Gateway to the Pinnacles Highway” signs along State Highway Route 101. The signs come just shortly after Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) passed legislation last year, ACR 67, to allow CalTrans to put up highway signs directing tourists to our nation’s 59th National Park, Pinnacles National Park.
(SACRAMENTO) — Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) is urging those who are seeking to find assistance to pay for a college education to attend Cash for College workshops in the San Benito, Santa Clara and Monterey Counties. These financial aid workshops will provide students and community members with information and guidance on how to fill out the FAFSA and Cal Grant applications.
(SACRAMENTO) — Assembly Bill (AB) 1905, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), was signed by Governor Jerry Brown today. AB 1905, Agricultural Permit Streamlining, is sponsored by the California Farm Bureau Federation and expands the water rights permitting process to allow small agricultural water ponds to be registered for multiple purposes.
“Facing one of the worst droughts in the last decade, it is critical that we find ways to help our farmers maximize the utility of their limited water resources,” comments Alejo. “Right now, our farmers’ hands are tied by a permitting process that restricts the functions allowed for small ponds. AB 1905 will fix this problem.”
(SACRAMENTO) — Legislation by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) aimed at balancing the distribution of funding for apprenticeship programs passed the Senate with a vote of 23-10. Assembly Bill (AB) 1870, Apprenticeship Funding Equity, is sponsored by the California State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC) and ensures every apprenticeship program in California receives a fair share of grants distributed by the State.
“Apprenticeship programs provide more than job training, they provide career opportunities,” states Alejo. “By developing trade skills while paying a fair wage, apprenticeship programs have the ability to move people out of poverty and into professional and well-paying careers. When these programs thrive, our communities do as well.”
(SALINAS) — Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) is partnering with elected officials, state and local agencies to promote safety tips on the proper installation of children’s car seats. These tips will assist parents in selecting the age appropriate car seat for their child and ensuring the car seat they have or select is safe and compatible with their vehicle.
The event is free and open to the public. Certified CHP technicians will be present to answer questions on how best to secure child passengers.
(SALINAS) — Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) will recognize Mario Banuelos, Elizabet Zepeda Gonzalez, Javier Tamayo and Paul De Worken as the 2014 California Peace Award winners of the 30th State Assembly District. The recipients will be honored during National Night Out, the annual national crime prevention effort that brings together law enforcement and residents.
On August 5th, the National Association of Town Watch will join with law enforcement agencies, communities, and business organizations throughout the nation to sponsor the 31st Annual National Night Out. This event highlights the vital importance that citizen involvement has in the fight for a safer state and nation. Over 37 million people from over 16,000 communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide are expected to participate in National Night Out this year.
California Delegation Embarks on Trade and Investment Mission to Mexico
(SACRAMENTO) — Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) will be traveling to Mexico City next week with Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and a delegation of other state legislators—a trip that was first announced during the 2014 State of the State address. While in Mexico, the delegation will meet with Mexican government and business leaders for purposes of increasing bilateral trade and investment opportunities while expanding environmental and economic cooperation. Alejo also hopes to discuss the issue of unaccompanied migrant children traveling to Mexico from Central America with Mexican officials.
“Expanding regional cooperation with our neighboring countries presents the opportunity for California to become more competitive in today’s global economy,” says Alejo. “By working with Mexico, we can begin to understand how our nations’ complimentary assets can help build a better future for Californians.”
(SACRAMENTO)— Yesterday, Assemblymember Luis Alejo’s (D-Salinas) Assembly Bill 1746 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown. When the bill goes into effect next year, it will help injured workers with illegally uninsured employers by providing an expedited process to accessing workers’ compensation benefits that would otherwise be delayed. In addition, the bill will support the identification, reporting, and enforcement of illegally uninsured employers, and should result in increased employer compliance with workers’ compensation laws.
The idea for this bill was submitted as part of Alejo’s “Ought to be a Law” contest last year, which opened the legislative process to the public by soliciting ideas from everyday individuals for new state laws that would benefit California or their communities. “It’s always great to work with members of the community,” says Alejo. “This contest has been a great avenue for us to hear solutions to issues important to Californians, and it has proven to be a useful tool in shaping policy that benefits our state.”
(SACRAMENTO) —Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus will be headed to Central and South America to meet the Presidents of Panama, Guatemala and El Salvador for purposes of strengthening legislative ties and discussing critical issues that affect California. The delegation will focus on demonstrating California’s committed support for democratic institutions, strengthening collaborations abroad and informing California policy making. One key topic of discussion will be the recent humanitarian crisis involving young children arriving in the U.S. from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
“It is our duty as representatives of California to take action and reach out to other countries to improve democratic relations and secure mutual economic stability,” says Alejo. “For this reason, it is crucial that we take immediate steps to establish a presence in countries that will help California prosper while supporting policies that will promote economic development and improved conditions for families in Central America.”
(SACRAMENTO) — Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus will be traveling to Ventura County Naval Base this Tuesday to inspect conditions under which undocumented children are being detained. The inspection comes amid an ongoing “humanitarian crisis” that has brought an unprecedented number of unaccompanied minors from Central America to the United States.
“The recent surge of unaccompanied minors is an issue that goes beyond the debate of our nation’s flawed immigration system,” comments Alejo. “This is a question of whether or not we ought to take proper care of helpless children with no one to turn to.”