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California Delegation Embarks on Trade and Investment Mission to Mexico
(SACRAMENTO) — Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) will be traveling to Mexico City next week with Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and a delegation of other state legislators—a trip that was first announced during the 2014 State of the State address. While in Mexico, the delegation will meet with Mexican government and business leaders for purposes of increasing bilateral trade and investment opportunities while expanding environmental and economic cooperation. Alejo also hopes to discuss the issue of unaccompanied migrant children traveling to Mexico from Central America with Mexican officials.
“Expanding regional cooperation with our neighboring countries presents the opportunity for California to become more competitive in today’s global economy,” says Alejo. “By working with Mexico, we can begin to understand how our nations’ complimentary assets can help build a better future for Californians.”
Summer Smoothie Social
Please join me for fun and smoothies at my annual Summer Smoothie Social on Thursday, July 24th.
This is a fun opportunity to chat about issues important to you and your community. There will also be information available on state and local services that may benefit you.
The Summer Smoothie Social will take place from 5:30PM to 7:00PM at my District Office located at 100 W. Alisal Street, Suite 134 in Salinas.
To RSVP, please contact Leanne McKenzie at (831)759-8676 or click here.
I hope to see you there!
(SACRAMENTO)— Yesterday, Assemblymember Luis Alejo’s (D-Salinas) Assembly Bill 1746 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown. When the bill goes into effect next year, it will help injured workers with illegally uninsured employers by providing an expedited process to accessing workers’ compensation benefits that would otherwise be delayed. In addition, the bill will support the identification, reporting, and enforcement of illegally uninsured employers, and should result in increased employer compliance with workers’ compensation laws.
The idea for this bill was submitted as part of Alejo’s “Ought to be a Law” contest last year, which opened the legislative process to the public by soliciting ideas from everyday individuals for new state laws that would benefit California or their communities. “It’s always great to work with members of the community,” says Alejo. “This contest has been a great avenue for us to hear solutions to issues important to Californians, and it has proven to be a useful tool in shaping policy that benefits our state.”
(SACRAMENTO) —Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus will be headed to Central and South America to meet the Presidents of Panama, Guatemala and El Salvador for purposes of strengthening legislative ties and discussing critical issues that affect California. The delegation will focus on demonstrating California’s committed support for democratic institutions, strengthening collaborations abroad and informing California policy making. One key topic of discussion will be the recent humanitarian crisis involving young children arriving in the U.S. from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
“It is our duty as representatives of California to take action and reach out to other countries to improve democratic relations and secure mutual economic stability,” says Alejo. “For this reason, it is crucial that we take immediate steps to establish a presence in countries that will help California prosper while supporting policies that will promote economic development and improved conditions for families in Central America.”
(SACRAMENTO) — Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus will be traveling to Ventura County Naval Base this Tuesday to inspect conditions under which undocumented children are being detained. The inspection comes amid an ongoing “humanitarian crisis” that has brought an unprecedented number of unaccompanied minors from Central America to the United States.
“The recent surge of unaccompanied minors is an issue that goes beyond the debate of our nation’s flawed immigration system,” comments Alejo. “This is a question of whether or not we ought to take proper care of helpless children with no one to turn to.”
(Sacramento) – In this week’s Democratic radio address, Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) discusses the California minimum wage increase that will occur on July 1, 2014. The second increase to the minimum wage to $10 per hour will take place on January 1, 2016.
A full transcript is below. This week’s address is :56
(SACRAMENTO) — Legislation co-authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) and Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale), which will create an economic incentive for the aerospace industry to invest in California, passed the Assembly Floor today with a vote of 72-2. By creating a focused tax credit program, Assembly Bill (AB) 2389 will make California a competitive destination for the aerospace industry and help create thousands of high-paying jobs.
“The future of California’s economy depends on the industries we cultivate today,” says Alejo. “By providing incentives for the aerospace industry to invest in California, we are building an economic foundation that will benefit generations to come.”
(SACRAMENTO) — In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) recognized civil rights activist, photographer, and Watsonville resident Bob Fitch on the Floor of the Assembly today. Mr. Fitch’s photo archives will be featured during an exhibit at the Capitol rotunda this July.
“The Civil Rights Act was the result of sacrifices made by thousands of individuals who fought for equality and justice,” says Alejo. “The photographs taken by Bob Fitch are part of the legacy of the Civil Rights Act, and should be shared with future generations to help remind them of the struggles our nation has faced.”
(SACRAMENTO) — Today, Assembly Bill (AB) 155, authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), passed out of the Senate Local Government and Finance Committee with bipartisan support. The bill will help streamline a project to connect Lake San Antonio and Lake Nacimiento with an underground pipeline by authorizing the Monterey County Water Resource Agency to take advantage of the time and cost savings of the combined design-build contracting process.
"This project will mitigate the impact of the drought, improve the economic viability of the valley, provide environmental sustainability to the region, and increase agricultural production," states Alejo. "I am pleased to have the support of the County of Monterey as well as the local labor organizations who have made a commitment to see this project move quickly to meet the water needs of the people, businesses, and farmers in Monterey county".
(SACRAMENTO) — Next Tuesday, the first increase to California’s minimum wage since 2008 is scheduled to take effect. The increase to $9.00 per hour is the first of two scheduled raises mandated by Assemblymember Luis Alejo’s (D-Salinas) Assembly Bill (AB) 10, which was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last September.
“Those at the lower end of the income spectrum are struggling with the rising cost of goods and services while many middle-class families continue to slip down the economic ladder,” comments Alejo. “This first modest increase will help put more money in the pockets of hardworking Californians to provide food, clothes, and housing for their families—which, in turn, will generate consumer spending for a much needed boost to the economy.”