Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo is accepting nominations for Veteran of the Year. Ideal applicants will have a record of exemplary military service, community service, and support for veterans in the community. Read More
(SACRAMENTO)— Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill by Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) to ensure local governments that transition to district elections do not stagger implementation in order that protected classes of voters may elect candidates of their choosing as quickly as possible. AB 350 also requires local governments to take input from the community when drawing and implementing new district maps.
“This bill became necessary after the Anaheim City Council last year tried to delay implementing district elections in the city’s only majority Latino District,” Alejo said. “Community outrage in Anaheim eventually persuaded the City Council to do the right thing and implement district elections in that district for the 2016 election, or face a lawsuit under the state’s Voting Rights Act. But AB 350 ensures that other local governments don’t try to delay implementation of fair elections in the future.”
(SACRAMENTO)— Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 2892, a bill by Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) and the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee that will protect agricultural workers who regularly handle highly toxic organophosphate and carbamate (OP/CB) pesticides.
(SACRAMENTO)— Governor Jerry Brown today signed a bill that will allocate $10 million from the state's General Fund for the Interlake Tunnel Project between Lakes Nacimiento and San Antonio.
Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) shepherded the bill, SB 831, through the Assembly with a bipartisan 65-12 vote. He was also instrumental in negotiating its passage through the Senate, which approved SB 831 with a 36-2 bipartisan vote.
The bill will send $10 million to the Monterey County Water Resources Agency in the form of a grant from the state Department of Water Resources for the Interlake Tunnel Project.
(SACRAMENTO)— Governor Jerry Brown today signed a bill by Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas), AB 2016, which will for the first time establish a model ethnic studies curriculum for use in California's public and charter high schools.
It's the first legislation of its kind in the nation, creating a statewide model curriculum for ethnic studies, and countering trends seen in other states that are abolishing or restricting ethnic studies courses, most recently in Arizona.
"This is historic," Alejo said. "I thank the governor for recognizing the importance and value of having ethnic studies available to our students. A study published earlier this year by the Stanford Graduate School of Education found that students at risk of dropping out who took ethnic studies courses improved their attendance and academic performance significantly, especially Latino students. Now we can spread this success across the state."
(SACRAMENTO)— In closing out the 2015-16 Legislative Session, and his final year in the Assembly, Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) successfully negotiated a number of bills through both houses of the Legislature to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, where they await his signature.
(SALINAS)— Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) today presented a $5,000 Barona Education Grant to Alisal High School in Salinas. The grant will be used to purchase two Surface Pro tablets and two iPad Pro tablets for use by students in Government Class. Pictured from left to right are Salinas Union High School District Board of Trustees President Kathryn Ramirez, Salinas Union High School District Superintendent Timothy Vanoli, Alisal High School Principal Ernesto Garcia, government teacher Ruben Pizarro and Assemblymember Alejo. The Barona Band of Mission Indians started the Education Grant program in 2006 and has bequeathed $2.935 million to 587 schools statewide.
Luis A. Alejo is chairman of the California Latino Legislative Caucus and represents the 30th District in the California State Assembly, which consists of the Salinas Valley, parts of Monterey and San Benito counties, South Santa Clara County and the city of Watsonville in Santa Cruz County.
(SACRAMENTO)— A bill that would allocate $10 million from the state’s General Fund for the Interlake Tunnel Project between Lakes Nacimiento and San Antonio has been sent to Gov. Jerry Brown after it cleared both houses of the Legislature.
Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) shepherded the bill, SB 831, through the Assembly with bipartisan a bipartisan 65-12 vote on Tuesday. The Senate approved SB 831 Wednesday with a 36-2 bipartisan vote and transmitted the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown for his consideration.
(SALINAS)— Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) will present a $5,000 Barona Education Grant to Alisal High School on Friday, Sept. 2. The grant, from the Barona Band of Mission Indians, will be used to purchase two Surface Pro tablets and two iPad Pro tablets for use by students in Government Class.
“The Barona people consider themselves the ‘California Education Tribe’ and they deserve this distinction,” Alejo said. “The Barona Tribe has been making Education Grants to schools around California for many years. This year I am pleased to present Alisal High School with a grant that will help them acquire instructional materials to help students learn how our government works.”
(SACRAMENTO)— The State Senate has approved AJR 3, a Joint Resolution by Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) urging the U.S. Congress to support President Obama's initiative to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and to move forward with legislation to help increase trade with Cuba.
"President Kennedy imposed the Cuban Trade Embargo in 1962 for good reason," Alejo said. "Today, Cuba is a much different country. President Obama says it is time to end the embargo, calling 'it an outdated burden on the Cuban people.' By normalizing trade relations with Cuba, we would restore commercial airline service between both countries, giving the 89,000 Cuban-American citizens who live in California an opportunity to visit family members."
(SACRAMENTO)— The Legislature has given final approval to a bill, AB 2380, by Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) that will require the courts to inform parents who face lengthy incarcerations of the resources available to help ensure the competency and fitness of guardians they choose to care for their children.
“After the horrifying deaths last year of 3 year old Delylah Tara and her 6 year old brother, Shaun, in East Salinas, and the torture of their sister at the hands of the guardian their incarcerated father had chosen for them, I had to do something to try to protect children who are in this situation in the future,” Alejo said. “AB 2380 provides parents who are incarcerated many options, giving them the power to protect their children from the horrors the Tara children suffered.”