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(SACRAMENTO) – Yesterday, Assembly Bill 2 passed out of the Housing and Community Development Committee with a bipartisan 6 to 1 vote. Authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), Assembly Bill 2 will allow specified “blighted” areas of California to create a new entity called a Community Revitalization Investment Authority (CRIA). This bill also has 25% set aside for affordable housing and will work to rebuild impoverished communities across the state.
“There are many areas in the state where the streets are broken and old water and sewer pipes lurk below,” states Alejo. “In these areas, businesses do not open up shop. This leads to high unemployment, high crime rates and a hopeless community. This bill will work to tackle issues facing our State’s most disadvantaged communities.”
(Sacramento) – Assembly Bill 30, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), has been approved by the Assembly Committee on Education with unanimous, bipartisan support. AB 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. Joining Assemblymember Alejo at the Education Committee hearing was Dahkota Brown, a high school student who started his own peer-to-peer study group called NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students). Here’s more from Alejo and Brown in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) is pushing legislation to bring ethnic studies courses to California’s public schools. Assembly Bill 101 will require California’s public high schools to offer ethnic studies courses as an elective for students. “This bill highlights an important innovation that our education system needs to make,” says Assemblymember Alejo. “Ethnic studies classes not only allow students to develop an understanding of other cultures, they encourage the alleviation of racial tension.” Salinas area high school students joined Assemblymember Alejo for a recent Education Committee hearing on AB 101. Here’s more from Assemblymember Alejo and the students in this Assembly Access video.
(SACRAMENTO) – Yesterday, Assembly Bill 440, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), passed out of the Assembly Committee on Local Government with a unanimous bipartisan vote of 9 to 0. Assembly Bill 440, a bipartisan effort co-authored by Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), corrects an accidental longstanding property tax allocation error that has cast a shadow over San Benito County for almost two decades. In effect, the bill will alleviate San Benito County from reimbursing the state $3.5 million.
“San Benito County moved one step closer today toward achieving financial debt relief to the tune of $3.5 million,” states Alejo. “Yesterday, California also moved one step closer toward applying the same standard of financial fairness to the last county in the state to be burdened with ERAF debt.”
The State Controller’s audits conducted in 2005 and 2009 indicated that San Benito County underfunded the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund (ERAF) for the fiscal years between 1993 and 2001. The county disagreed with the finding, but agreed to move forward using the methodology recommended by the State Controller’s Office.
Legislation Could Make $1 Billion Available Annually for Roads and Highways
(SACRAMENTO) — Yesterday, Assembly Bill 227, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), passed out of the Assembly Committee on Transportation with unanimous bipartisan support. Assembly Bill 227, will help relieve a portion of California’s nearly $59 billion backlog in needed transportation upkeep and repair.
“Today’s vote sends a message that legislators on both sides of the aisle really want to fix California’s ailing transportation infrastructure,” states Alejo. “Investing in our transportation system means safer roads, less congestion, and jobs – all three of which are vitally important to our economy.”
(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.”