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
(Los Angeles) - Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo, Chairman of the CA Latino
Legislative Caucus (D-Salinas) was joined by Assembly Speaker-elect Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount),
Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember Ed Chau with the API
Caucus (D-Monterey Park) at a news conference to announce the recipients of $15-million in
One California grants. "California is once again leading the way with
significant and meaningful investments towards improving the lives of immigrants throughout the
state," said Assemblymember Alejo. Learn more about the One California
program in this Assembly Access video. http://www.asmdc.org/alejo
Do you have questions about financial aid or need help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
I am hosting three Financial Aid Workshops this week and next with experts who can assist you with your application. The workshops are free for high school students and parents. Don't miss this opportunity to have your questions answered.
The deadline to submit the FAFSA is March 2, 2016. For a complete list of all financial aid workshops in the 30th Assembly District, visit my Funding Your College Future page or call my district office at (831) 759-8676.
(SALINAS) — Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) is reaching out to college age students and their families in the 30th Assembly District who need help paying for college by announcing a series of Cash for College workshops to help them apply for financial aid.
“I urge college-age students and their families to come to one of these workshops to learn what type of financial aid is available to them and how to apply for it,” Alejo said. “Getting a higher education may seem out of reach to middle and lower income families in California today. But that does not have to be the case because financial help is available. At these workshops you will learn how to access this assistance.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, released the following statement today on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ failure to nominate a single actor of color for the second year in a row:
“The California Latino Legislative Caucus congratulates Alejandro González Iñárritu upon his nomination for Best Director and appreciates the Motion Picture Academy for recognizing his accomplishments in making the critically acclaimed film ‘The Revenant.’ But the 21 members of the California Legislature who make up the Latino Caucus are disheartened that for the second consecutive year the Academy has failed to recognize the work of a single actor of color. America is a nation of many different ethnicities. By failing to nominate a person of color in the acting categories, the Academy is failing the nation and the millions of Americans who enjoy movies, because their nominations do not reflect America. It is surprising that several great performances by actors of color in films that are eligible for the 2016 Oscars were completely overlooked by the Academy.
Alejo authored legislation that increases wage to $10 per hour on Jan. 1
California will lead the nation with highest minimum wage, along with Massachusetts
(SACRAMENTO)— On Jan. 1 California’s minimum wage will increase to $10 per hour under legislation Assemblymember Luis Alejo authored in 2013.
“I introduced the first version of AB 10 on behalf of hardworking California families right after taking the oath of office in 2010,” Alejo said. “It took three legislative sessions for me to build the strong coalition of support needed to raise the pay of millions of Californians who work full time and yet are barely getting by. But I kept fighting.
SACRAMENTO)— Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo released the following statement in support of the $2 billion bond bipartisan proposal announced today to help California’s homeless:
“Every day across California, including the 30th Assembly District, more men, women and families lose their housing and are forced out onto the streets. It has reached a point of emergency in our state, the wealthiest in the nation, and solving this crisis is a top priority for the Legislature as we begin the 2016 session year. I welcome the initiative announced today to build homes for the homeless and issue rent subsidies to help families stay in their homes. Transitional housing for the chronically homeless – which I discussed in a guest commentary published in the Monterey Herald this weekend – must be a priority. The first vital step in helping the homeless is providing them with the basic necessities of sleep and safety so they can help themselves. Single Room Occupancy units – SROs – are cost effective and can be put into use quickly. Once they have this security the homeless can focus on services to help them rebuild their lives. I look forward to supporting this proposal as it moves through the legislative process as it will help construct housing for our homeless residents in places like Salinas' Chinatown and other parts of the Central Coast.”
Luis Alejo is chairman of the California Latino Legislative Caucus and represents the 30th District in the California State Assembly, which consists of the Salinas Valley, parts of Monterey and San Benito counties, South Santa Clara County and the city of Watsonville in Santa Cruz County.
In November, two homeless men died from exposure in a lot across from Trader Joe’s in Monterey.
In Salinas, hundreds of people are crowded into a two-block section of Chinatown with flimsy shelters or no shelter at all.
Every night, an estimated 2,300 people are homeless in Monterey County. These include veterans, the elderly, the mentally ill, those suffering from drug addiction, people who work but can’t afford rent in our community anymore and families with children.
(SACRAMENTO)— Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo announced today that Santa Cruz County has received $1 million in grant money from the California Department of Housing and Community Development to help make housing more affordable in the county.
The grants come through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. The grant awards are $750,000 for the county’s First-Time Homebuyer Program and $250,000 for the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program.
“As the cost of housing continues to rise on the Central Coast it is important that we do everything we can to help members of our community afford quality housing,” Alejo said. “The HOME Program is an important partner in helping us achieve this.
On Jan. 1 California will have the highest minimum wage in the country.
California workers earning minimum wage will get an extra dollar an hour at the beginning of the year. The state raised the rate from $8 to $9 in July 2014. Soon it will be $10 an hour.
Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo of Salinas sponsored the legislation behind the raises.
"If you increase the minimum wage by one dollar, if you're working 40 hours a week at the end of that year you're going to have $2,000 more to help provide for their families, pay their bills, pay their taxes and help make ends meet."