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(SACRAMENTO) — Yesterday, Assembly Bill 30, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), passed out of the Assembly Committee on Education with unanimous, bipartisan support. Assembly Bill 30 will establish the “California Racial Mascots Act”, prohibiting public schools in California from using the term “Redskins” as a school or athletic team name, mascot, or nickname.
“In today’s society, this term has become widely recognized as a racial slur that promotes discrimination,” states Alejo. “For far too long we have allowed stereotypes and derogatory terms to become normalized to our younger generations. But this is more than a team name. It’s about respect. Respect for every culture and person, and Native American tribes must not be left out.”
(SACRAMENTO) - Today, Assembly Bill 65,
authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), passed out of
the Assembly Public Safety Committee with unanimous, bipartisan
support. The bill, which is supported by the California Police
Chiefs Association and a number of other public safety
organizations, will appropriate funds for the purpose of purchasing
body worn cameras for local law enforcement officers.
(SACRAMENTO)—Today, Assembly Bill 400, California’s “Remember to Vote” Act, passed out of the Transportation Committee with a 13 to 2 vote. Authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), California’s “Remember to Vote” Act, will allow for Election Day reminders to be displayed on the state’s changeable electronic message signs. These signs will be seen by motorists on the state’s roadways on Election Day.
“Every day, over 23 million licensed motorists use the state highway system,” states Alejo. “Placing Election Day reminders on the message signs has the potential to increase much needed civic participation while using efficient means of communication.”
(SACRAMENTO)—Today, Assembly Bill 200 authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer passed out of the Higher Education Committee with a unanimous vote. Assembly Bill 200 will increase the number of competitive Cal Grant A and B awards from 22,500 to 100,000 over a three year period. By increasing the Cap on the number of Cal Grant awards, our state will be set to better serve hundreds of thousands of low-income students for years to come.
“Financial aid helps low income individuals afford college who otherwise would not be able to even attend college,” says Alejo. “Our state needs 2.3 million more postsecondary credentials by 2025 to remain competitive, and our ability to improve college attainment, close equity gaps, and enable more Californians to earn college degrees can only occur if we make college affordable for all.”
(SACRAMENTO) — Today, Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and the Monterey County Water Resources Agency were notified the agency has become CASGEM-compliant. Compliance with CASGEM (the California State Groundwater Elevation Monitoring Program) is an important eligibility requirement to receive state grants for crucial water infrastructure projects. These grants stem from Proposition 84, as well as the recently-passed Proposition 1, commonly referred to as the Water Bond.
“This is a tremendous step forward for implementing critically-needed water projects in the Salinas Valley as our region moves towards groundwater sustainability,” states Alejo. “It puts us in a good position to draw down state Water Bond funding. I commend our local farmers for working with Monterey County to accomplish this major goal.”
(SALINAS) — Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) invites job seekers and employers to participate in the 2015 Community Job Fair in Monterey. This event is in partnership with the Office of Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) and the California Employment Development Department. Attendees will also have the opportunity to receive important legislative information on state agencies.
“Our community is very fortunate to have an event that is free for both job seekers and employers,’’ states Alejo. “The Community Job Fair will provide job seekers with the opportunity to meet face to face with potential employers.”
(SACRAMENTO) — Today, Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) is excited to share a new, free online course and resource center available to help undocumented residents pass their driver’s license exam and complete the licensing process. Developed by online driver education leader eDriving under its DriversEd.com brand, this entirely free, self-paced, fully-narrated online course is available in Spanish to help California residents obtain driver’s licenses following the passage of AB 60 which took effect earlier this year.
“Expanding access to licenses will improve safety, mobility, and economic opportunity for all Californians,” stated Alejo. “It’s great to have a free, trustworthy resource from driver training experts to help people get through the licensing process successfully and make their first contact with the DMV simple and more productive.”
(SACRAMENTO) - Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) joined the California Legislative Women’s Caucus to recognize extraordinary women in celebration of Women’s History Month. This year, Alejo honored Abby Taylor-Silva during a ceremony today at the Capitol. Abby is the Vice-President of Policy and Communications for the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, a 340 member-strong agricultural trade association spanning the coastal region encompassing Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara counties.
Watsonville Facing Costly Challenges from New Drinking Water Standards
(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) is the Principal Co-author of Senate Bill 385 by Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), which provides for a carefully monitored, yet fair process for public water systems to work toward compliance with the state’s new drinking water standard for chromium-6. This bill will respond to the need to address drinking water in Watsonville and the surrounding central coast communities.
(SACRAMENTO) — Today, Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) is commending the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Board for voting in favor of his proposed 30 day “cooling off” period between the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and the California Nurses Associations. Both parties can now meet with an agreed upon community mediator to work out a contract dispute before proceeding to the fact finding phase in the collective bargaining process.
“This is a great step in the right direction,” states Alejo. “The negotiations between the nurses and hospital have been ongoing for almost a year with no immediate end in sight. But now, things are looking very positive. Finding a competent outside mediator with experience in resolving contentious disputes will hopefully lead to a successful resolution between both sides.”