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(SALINAS) - Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo announces the 5th annual Young Assemblymembers Program for local high school and first year college students. The four week program focuses on developing leadership skills and empowering students to become the leaders of our community. The Young Assemblymembers Program will take place from July 7th to July 30th and will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. at the Salinas District Office.
The Young Assemblymembers Program is a four week long program open to high school and first year college students, who reside or attend a school within the 30th Assembly District. The program offers workshops on legislation, community organizing, event planning, team building and conflict resolution. At the end of the program, participants will be able to effectively communicate with others, have a background in community service and organization, while illustrating an understanding of the legislative process and the workings of a state legislator. Students that complete the program will receive a special recognition certificate and a letter of recommendation from Assemblymember Alejo.
(2015 Alejo Scholarship Recipients, David Ceja and Jocelynn Morales)
(WATSONVILLE) — Yesterday, Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) announced the 2015 Alejo scholarship recipients. Each student will be awarded a scholarship for the amount of $300.00, which can be used to pursue a degree at any accredited college or university. This is the fifth year Alejo has personally provided two scholarships, the Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo Wrestling Scholarship and the Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo Community Service Scholarship.
(SACRAMENTO) — Today, Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revise codified Assembly Bill 440, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas). Assembly Bill 440 would have required the state to relieve San Benito County from reimbursing the state $3.4 million.
“This debt forgiveness for San Benito County is long overdue,” states Alejo. “I commend Governor Jerry Brown for addressing this issue and granting relief to San Benito County.”
(SACRAMENTO)— Today, Assembly Bill 182, author by Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas), and sponsored by Secretary of State Alex Padilla, passed the Assembly Floor with a 53 to 25 vote. Assembly Bill 182 will expand the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 to allow challenges to district-based elections that are being imposed or applied in a manner that impairs the ability of a protected class of voters to elect candidates of their choice. Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) are joint authors of this bill.
“Voter disenfranchisement is not just a thing of the past, but a reality that still persists today,” states Alejo. “This measure is a means for us to protect voters from being excluded and ensure that we have a working democracy in California for years to come.”
(Sacramento) – Since 2002 the California Legislative Latino Caucus has held a special celebration to honor the Latino men and women who are pioneers in their respective fields and have overcome tremendous obstacles, rising to become role models and community leaders. Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), Chair of the Latino Caucus, praised the honorees saying, ”They serve as a reminder of the talent we have within our diverse Latino community and are a source of inspiration to all Californians.” The 2015 honorees are: Maria Elena Durazo, Rolando Herrera, Judge Frances Muñoz, José R. Padilla, Blanca Ramirez, Sergio Romo and the Northgate Gonzalez Market (Miguel Gonzalez). Learn more here: http://latinocaucus.legislature.ca.gov/latino-spirit-awards and in this Assembly Access video.
(SACRAMENTO) — Today, Assembly Bill 30, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), passed the Assembly Floor with a bipartisan vote of 60 to 9. 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.
“California has the largest number of Native Americans in the country, it’s time we as a state take a stand against racial slurs used by our public schools,” states Alejo. “This is part of a national movement and now is the time for us here in California to end the use of this derogatory term in our public schools.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Latino Legislative Caucus is pleased to honor its distinguished recipients of the Latino Spirit Awards.
Established in 2002, the Latino Caucus hosts the awards to celebrate individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to empowering the greater Latino community in their respective fields. The 2015 Latino Spirit Award honorees include:
Justice Frances Muñoz, Achievement in Law & Public Service Northgate Gonzalez Market, Achievement in Business & Philanthropy Blanca Ramirez, Dynamic Youth Award Sergio Romo, Achievement in Athletics Maria Elena Durazo, Achievement in Public Service José R. Padilla, Achievement in Law & Public Service Rolando Herrera, Achievement in Business
(SACRAMENTO) — Today, Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) released the following statement regarding the fact finding report made public today on the dispute between the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and its registered nurses:
“After reviewing the impartial fact finder’s report, it is clear to me that the drastic cuts sought by the hospital’s senior administrators are not justified.
(SACRAMENTO) – Yesterday, Assembly Bill 443 passed out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee with unanimous bipartisan support. Authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and sponsored by California Attorney General, Kamala D. Harris, AB 443, will allow a prosecuting agency to file a petition of forfeiture prior to the commencement of a criminal proceeding in cases of criminal profiteering. The bill is focused at freezing the assets of transnational criminal organizations who operate in the state in order to thwart their operations.
“Gang violence and crime continue to be serious problems across the state, and we must take steps to diminish the grip they have on many of our most disadvantaged communities,” states Alejo. “By freezing the assets of criminal organizations, we hit them where it hurts most, and we can put a halt to their operations.”
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Bill 1390, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) passed out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee with a unanimous bipartisan vote of 10 to 0. This bill will bring new efficiency to the process of adjudicating water rights in groundwater basins. Assembly Bill 1390 follows up on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act passed by the Legislature last year.
“When Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill package last year, there was interest in streamlining the adjudication process,” states Alejo. “AB 1390 will work in conjunction with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act to do just that. For this reason, the bill has attracted 16 coauthors from both parties and both houses of the Legislature.”