On Jan. 1, Assembly Bill 10 gets California to 10 – a $10 per hour statewide minimum wage. It is the final step of a two-stage minimum wage increase under the legislation Assemblymember Alejo authored in 2013. Read More
(SACRAMENTO)— Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) today thanked the Assembly Budget Committee No. 5 on Public Safety for approving $2 million funding proposal for local officer body-worn-camera programs.
Alejo is the author of a bill, AB 1860, that would create a state-funded grant program to help establish body-worn cameras at local law enforcement agencies in California.
Deadline to apply for this summer’s program is June 17
(SALINAS) –Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) is accepting applications from high school and first year college students who reside or attend school in the 30th Assembly District for his 2016 Young Assemblymembers Program. The four-week program focuses on developing leadership skills and empowering students to become leaders of our community. This year’s program is scheduled for July 5-29, with meetings every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-5 p.m. at Alejo’s Salinas District Office. The program is available at no cost to the participants or their families.
“The Young Assemblymembers Program has been one of the most personally rewarding activities during my six years in the Assembly,” Alejo said. “It is an opportunity for me to meet and mentor young people who are interested in participating in and learning more about how our representative form of government works. The program offers workshops on legislation, community organizing, event planning, team building and conflict resolution. During the program participants will learn effective communication skills, gain experience in community service and organization and study the legislative process and the job of a state legislator.”
(SACRAMENTO)— Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) today praised the decision of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the State Department of Education to return South Monterey County Joint Union High School District to local control of the District’s Board beginning July 1.
“This is the right thing for students and the communities of King City and Greenfield,” Alejo said. “After near insolvency in 2009, this decision shows that good progress has been made, and now the local communities can have a greater voice in local decisions about their schools.”
(SACRAMENTO) — Gov. Jerry Brown’s May budget revision released on Friday included an additional $5 million to provide assistance to address emergency water supplies in disadvantaged communities that have been unable to obtain short-term and long-term emergency water supplies. These funds could be used for long-term solutions for drinking water shortages in several disadvantaged communities, such as East Porterville, Kettleman City, Orange Center/Daleville, Okieville, Hardwick, Cantua Creek, El Porvenir and other disadvantaged communities that have identified critical water supply needs.
“I applaud the Governor for directing additional funding for these small, rural communities that rely on wells for their water and have been suffering after extended drought in California,” said Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas), Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxics Materials (ESTM).
(SACRAMENTO)— Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) has sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown and state Attorney General Kamala Harris asking that a gang task force be reestablished in Salinas following a recent rash of deadly shootings in the city.
“The City of Salinas is in a state of crisis following an epidemic of homicides,” Alejo said. “Just last week, we had two days when two people were murdered on the same day, bringing the total number of homicides to 16 for the year. This is in addition to a record per capita homicide rate in Salinas last year with 40 tragic murders, most of which remain unsolved. Last year, I reached out to both the Department of Justice and California Highway Patrol Commissioner for assistance for what became the deadliest year in the City of Salinas on record. CHP was able to provide temporary support, but it has not been enough to help the City. I am writing to plead for you to intervene with additional resources to help the City deal with this crisis.”
(SACRAMENTO)— Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) announced today the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (ESTM) Committee will hold an informational hearing on the cleanup of the communities around the Exide Technologies battery plant in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 9.
The hearing will be attended by several legislators and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Theodore Roosevelt High School Auditorium, 456 S Mathews St. in Los Angeles.
(SALINAS) — Today, Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) announced his disappointment in Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital’s (SVMH) decision to withdraw from an agreement with the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) under which Assemblymember Alejo would have mediated contract negotiations to avert a one-day strike set for Tuesday, May 17. Alejo stated that NUHW and SVMH CEO Pete Delgado agreed last Monday for Alejo to mediate but Delgado reneged the following day.
A one-day strike will cost the hospital anywhere from $600,000 to $1 million dollars per day. Talks between the hospital and the union have been ongoing since the contract expired in July 2015. NUHW represents 700 healthcare workers at SVMH, including nursing assistants, radiology technologists, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, environmental services workers and phlebotomists. Assemblymember Alejo helped negotiate an agreement between SVMH and NUHW in 2011 that averted a strike.
SACRAMENTO – Today,the California Latino Legislative honored some of the best California has to offer with the Latino Spirit Awards.
The Latino Caucus hosts the awards yearly to celebrate individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to empowering the greater Latino community in their respective fields. Established in 2002, the Latino Spirit awards are set to concur with the State’s celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) displayed some of Bob Fitch’s most famous photos in his Capitol office today. Alejo also adjourned this morning’s Assembly Floor Session in the memory of Mr. Fitch.
(SACRAMENTO)— Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) adjourned today’s Assembly Floor Session in the memory of the late Bob Fitch, the renowned Civil Rights era photographer and Watsonville resident who died on April 29.
“Bob Fitch was a world-renowned photographer who captured some of the most important most moments of the 20th century on film,” Alejo said. “He was also a champion for civil rights, peace and social justice and one of my most cherished friends. Bob’s 60-plus years of advocacy, peace and justice began as a boy who was moved by specific sections in the New Testament, specifically Matthew 5:112, The Beatitudes of Jesus: ‘if someone is hungry, feed them. If they need clothing, give them clothing. If they are lonely and they need company, be that company.’
(SACRAMENTO) — Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas), a UC Davis School of Law Alumnus, has written a letter to the UC Board of Regents urging the Board to dismiss UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi. Several other members of the Legislature have signed onto the letter, which was sent to the Regents today. The bipartisan list of co-signers includes Assemblymembers Mike Gatto (D- Los Angeles), Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and Freddie Rodriguez (D-Pomona) and State Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine).
“The education of the students of California is one of the highest priorities of the people of our state,” Alejo wrote in the letter. “The University of California system is the crown jewel of public institutions of higher learning not only in California, but across the nation. The chancellors of the ten UC campuses are entrusted to uphold the high standards of integrity, academic research, and student instruction.