Over 100 turkey vouchers were presented to various local charities and organizations
Assemblymember Luis Alejo with the 2015 Operation Gobble Thanksgiving turkey voucher recipients
(SALINAS) — Today, Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), in partnership with California Water Service (Cal Water), distributed over one hundred turkey vouchers good for the purchase of a Thanksgiving turkey to local charities and organizations. This event is part of an annual state-wide effort by Cal Water called Operation Gobble.
(SALINAS) — Today, Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) announced five Veteran of the Year award recipients. Recipients were chosen based on their exemplary military service, community service, and support for veterans in the community. Each Veteran of the Year will be recognized during various Veterans Day celebrations throughout the 30th Assembly district on Veterans Day, Wednesday November 11th.
“Our veterans risk their lives to protect American values and our freedoms,” states Alejo. “My father served during the Vietnam War and it is a privilege to honor and pay tribute to him and our veterans for their service to our great nation. This year I am honored to recognize Hazel M. Tompkins of Monterey County, Richard C. Villarreal of Monterey County, Robert Picha of San Benito County, Bobby Quance of Santa Clara County, and Todd McFarren of Santa Cruz County, as the 2015 Veteran of the Year award recipients.”
(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Adidas announced a new nationwide initiative aimed to help high schools change their mascots from Native American imagery or symbolism. According to Adidas the initiative, “will offer its design resources to any high school in America that wants to change their logo or mascot from potentially harmful Native American imagery or symbolism.” To help ease the financial burden schools may endure, Adidas has committed to provide financial assistance for those schools who want to change their mascot. As the author of Assembly Bill 30, the California Racial Mascots Act, which was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last month which makes California the first state in the nation to phase out the term “Redskins” as a school mascot, Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) issued the following statement:
“Last month, California made history when Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 30 into law. His signature exemplified that as a state, California will transition to no longer use the racial slur “Redskins” in our public schools.
(SALINAS)— Today, Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), toured, what is considered the largest homeless encampment in Salinas, “Chinatown.” For many, Chinatown is a place where homeless men, women, children, veterans, elderly, and those suffering from mental illness go when they become displaced. And with concerns of El Niño on the horizon, minimal has been done to address this large community. Wanting to further develop an understanding of what can be done to help the many individuals who call Chinatown home, Assemblymember Alejo spent the morning in Chinatown, learning, listening, and discussing the issues facing the community and potential solutions.
(SALINAS) — Earlier today, Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), along with state and local elected officials, unveiled the “John Steinbeck Highway” sign at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. Last year, both the State Assembly and State Senate approved ACR 67, authored by Alejo, which dedicates a six mile stretch of Highway 101 after the American author, Pulitzer & Nobel Prize winner and Salinas’ most famous son, John Steinbeck.
(SACRAMENTO) — Today, Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) issued a letter to the United States Department of Justice requesting that they, in coordination with the California Attorney General, initiate an investigation and seek a federal consent decree with the King City Police Department, up to and including seeking the placement of a receiver to ensure compliance.
“Given the series of reprehensible events involving police corruption, civil rights violations, and most recently the termination ‘without cause’ of the Department’s new police chief after only three and a half months of service, I believe this action by the Department of Justice is urgently needed to restore public trust and ensure policing is conducted in accordance with the law,” states Alejo in his letter to the U.S. Attorney General.
(SACRAMENTO) — Today, Governor Jerry Brown announced the signing of Assembly Bill 30, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas). 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.
“Today, with Governor Brown’s signing of Assembly Bill 30, history was made,” states Alejo. “California is now the first state in the nation to enact a statewide policy to phase out the use of a dictionary defined racial slur, the “R-word”, in our public schools. As the state with the largest Native American population, I am proud to have authored this legislation and applaud Governor Brown for taking a stand against racial slurs used by our public schools. This bill is about respect. Respect for every culture and every person, and Native Americans should not be left out.”
Bill will allow local election officials in Monterey and Sacramento Counties to conduct all-mail ballot local elections
(SACRAMENTO)—Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) announced today that Governor Jerry Brown signed his Assembly Bill 1504 to allow Monterey County and Sacramento County to participate in an all-mail ballot elections pilot program, scheduled to sunset in 2018. Prior to being signed by the Governor, AB 1504 passed the Assembly Floor on concurrence with a bipartisan vote of 52 to 24 and the Senate Floor with a bipartisan vote of 31 to 5. The idea for AB 1504 was submitted by local Monterey County voting rights advocates, Stephanie Loose, member of the League of Women Voters of Monterey County and Dr. Loren Steck, Monterey Peninsula College Board Trustee, through Assemblymember Alejo’s annual “Ought to be a Law” legislation contest.
Bill will allow for Election Day reminders to be displayed on California’s electronic highway signs
(SACRAMENTO) — Today, Governor Jerry Brown announced the signing of Assembly Bill 400, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas). Assembly Bill 400, the “Remember to Vote Act”, will allow for Election Day reminders to be displayed on the state’s changeable electronic message signs. These reminders will be seen by motorists on the state’s roadways 2 days prior to, and including the day of, a statewide Primary, Special, or General Election and voter registration deadline.
Assembly Bill 101 would have given students the opportunity to learn about various cultures, ethnicities, and heritages through a first-ever statewide curriculum.
(SACRAMENTO) — Today, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 101 authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas). Assembly Bill 101 would have required 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) would have then adopted this model curriculum, so that schools with grades 7-12 may offer an Ethnic Studies course as a Social Science Elective. Following this announcement from the Governor, Assemblymember Alejo issued the following statement:
“As an individual who has academically, professionally, and personally benefitted from learning about various cultures, ethnicities, and heritages, I believe this is a missed opportunity for students throughout the state.