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 Gov. Jerry Brown for signing a 2016-17 budget that includes $5.5 million earmarked for the City of Salinas to help fight gang violence.
“The City of Salinas desperately needed this additional help from the state to combat an alarming rise in homicides over the past year and a half,” Alejo said. “I have been pleading with the Governor, the California Department of Justice and anyone who will listen in Sacramento for help for Salinas. I thank the Governor for listening to our pleas. This will make our neighborhoods safer and save lives.”
Over the past few months, Alejo has sent letters to the Governor and State Attorney General Kamala Harris and met with the staffs of both in an effort to identify solutions for fighting gang violence in Salinas.
(KING CITY) — Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) issued the following statement today after the King City Council approved a district map yesterday evening to move forward with the city’s first-ever district elections this November.
“The King City Council continues to do the right thing for the future of the community. District elections will be more fair for the entire city and encourage more people to seek election to the City Council. It will bring King City closer as a community.”
(SACRAMENTO)— The Legislature’s Budget Conference Committee has approved a $5.5 million allocation to help Salinas fight gang violence and a record homicide rate. The action comes on the heels of a letter Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) and Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) sent to the Conference Committee last week urging help for communities such as Salinas who are suffering a surge of homicides because of gang violence.
“The City of Salinas desperately needs additional help from the state to combat an alarming rise in homicides over the past year and a half,” Alejo said. “I have been pleading with the Governor, the California Department of Justice and anyone who will listen in Sacramento for help for Salinas. I am grateful that the Budget Conference Committee has listened and is taking action to help us fight the scourge of gangs.”
As Chair of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (ESTM) Committee, I will preside over an informational hearing on the cleanup of the communities around the Exide Technologies battery plant at Roosevelt High School Auditorium in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 9. The hearing will focus on the lead soil testing and remediation plans for the communities surrounding the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in the City Vernon, which is currently undergoing closure.
There will be a period for public comment and Spanish translation will be provided.
Free parking is available through 6th Street and this location is served by the following Metro rail and bus lines: Metro Gold Line Soto Station, 251, 252, 620, 605, 751.
Thursday, June 9 2016
6 – 9 pm
Theodore Roosevelt High School Auditorium
456 S Mathews St.
Los Angeles, CA
State Department of Toxic Substances Control
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Community groups involved in the cleanup effort
Members of the California Legislature
If you are unable to attend this hearing in person, you may view the proceedings via the above livestream video link once the hearing convenes on Thursday.
(SACRAMENTO)— The California State Assembly this week approved four bills authored by Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas).
Assembly Bill 2016 would require the California Instructional Quality Commission to develop an Ethnic Studies model curriculum that California’s school districts and charter schools can offer to students at the high school level as an elective course for social sciences or English language arts.
(WATSONVILLE)— Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) invites the public to join him, Watsonville Mayor Pro Tem Karina Cervantez Alejo, and neighborhood leaders of the East Front Street community, at a celebration and ribbon cutting of Jardin Comunitario River Park Community Garden on Sunday June 5 from 3-6 p.m.
Jardin Comunitario River Park is located at 100 E. Front Street in Watsonville. The celebration will include a ribbon cutting to dedicate a newly installed fence to protect the garden. It will also observe the second year of residents growing their own organic food for their families. A free dinner and beverages will be provided.
(SACRAMENTO) — Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) and state Sen. Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) have sent a letter to the Legislature’s Budget Conference Committee urging it to adopt a proposed $20 million grant program to help local communities fight upsurges in violent crime. The grant program was part of the Local Public Safety Package adopted by the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 5 last week.
“Our City of Salinas is in a state of crisis following an epidemic of homicides,” the letter says. “Just this month 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-high of 40 homicides in the city last year, most of which remain unsolved.”
(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.”