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)— The Legislature has given final approval to a bill, AB 2380, by Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) that will require the courts to inform parents who face lengthy incarcerations of the resources available to help ensure the competency and fitness of guardians they choose to care for their children.
“After the horrifying deaths last year of 3 year old Delylah Tara and her 6 year old brother, Shaun, in East Salinas, and the torture of their sister at the hands of the guardian their incarcerated father had chosen for them, I had to do something to try to protect children who are in this situation in the future,” Alejo said. “AB 2380 provides parents who are incarcerated many options, giving them the power to protect their children from the horrors the Tara children suffered.”
(SACRAMENTO)— The California State Senate has approved a bill by Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) to ensure local governments that transition to district elections do not stagger implementation in order that protected classes of voters may elect candidates of their choosing as quickly as possible. AB 350 will also require local governments to take input from the community when drawing and implementing new district maps.
"This bill became necessary after the Anaheim City Council last year tried to delay implementing district elections in the city's only majority Latino District," Alejo said. "Community outrage in Anaheim eventually persuaded the City Council to do the right thing and implement district elections in that district for the 2016 election, or face a lawsuit under the state's Voting Rights Act. But AB 350 will ensure that other local governments don't try to delay implementation of fair elections in the future."
(SACRAMENTO) — The Legislature today gave final approval AJR 32, a Joint Resolution authored by Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) that calls upon the United States Senate to fulfill its constitutional responsibility to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the current vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The death earlier this year of Justice Antonin Scalia was a loss to American jurisprudence,” Alejo said. “The U.S. Senate has failed to do its duty as specified in the Constitution and give President Obama’s nominee due consideration. This has rendered the nation’s highest court dysfunctional, as significant cases end up in 4-4 ties.”
(SACRAMENTO)— The California State Senate today approved a bill by Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) to develop a model curriculum for ethnic studies. AB 2016, passed with a 32-5 bipartisan vote, encourages school districts to offer the model ethnic studies curriculum as an elective to students in grades 9-12.
“AB 2016 will give California public high school districts and charter schools a comprehensive ethnic studies curriculum that will be available to all students as an elective,” Alejo said. “The development of a comprehensive ethnic studies curriculum acknowledges the diversity of California, which has the most ethnically diverse public school student body in the nation. After recent studies, we now have conclusive evidence that ethnic studies courses have helped students of color remain academically engaged and have improved test scores and graduation rates.”
(SACRAMENTO)— The California State Senate today approved a bill by Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas), AB 1770, to expand eligibility for CalFresh and ensure all immigrant Californians legally residing in the state are eligible for either state or federal nutrition programs. AB 1770 passed off the Senate Floor with a 30-7 bipartisan vote.
“This expansion is absolutely necessary for California,” Alejo said. “We have the largest immigrant population in the country: Approximately 10.5 million residents, comprising 27 percent of our state’s population.”
(SALINAS)— Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) graduated 32 Central Coast high school students from his sixth and final Young Assemblymember Program. The four-week program, which Alejo has held every year in the district since taking office, concluded with a mock legislative hearing today at the Monterey County Government Center in Salinas. A graduation ceremony followed. This will be Alejo’s final Young Assemblymember Program. He is leaving office in December.
(SALINAS) — Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) has released a Spanish-language radio public service announcement (PSA) to help reach out to homeless veterans who need a hand up to let them know about the upcoming 2016 Monterey County Stand Down for homeless veterans, scheduled for Aug. 19-21 in Seaside.
“This is a great opportunity for veterans who have been down on their luck to get back on their feet again,” Alejo said. “During the three-day event, judges from six counties – Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Alameda, San Mateo and San Francisco – will hold court on-site, and veterans who have misdemeanors or infractions pending in these counties can have them discharged by doing community service at the Stand Down. This will allow veterans who have no other charges against them to get a Driver License so they can find employment. Veterans will also have access to health and dental care, legal services, haircuts and clean clothing. Volunteers will build a tent city on-site to house veterans for all three days.”
(SALINAS)— Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) invites job seekers to participate in the 2016 Community Job Fair in Salinas on Thursday, Aug. 11. The Job Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at America’s Job Center of California, 730 La Guardia St., in Salinas.
“This is a great opportunity for job seekers to interface personally with employers,” Alejo said. “Whether you are currently unemployed or looking to advance your career, it is one of the best opportunities all year to find the job you are looking for.”
Members of Assemblymember Alejo’s 2016 Young Assemblymember Program visited the State Capitol on Monday, Aug. 1. The youth toured the Capitol, observed a Floor Session and were introduced to the Assembly by Mr. Alejo. The 2016 Young Assemblymember Class will graduate from the program in Salinas on Friday.
(SALINAS) — On Friday, August 5th, Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) will be hosting his 6th Annual Young Assemblymember Program Completion Ceremony and Mock Committee Hearing. The program begins at 4 p.m. at the Monterey County Government Center in Salinas, 168 W. Alisal St., 1st Floor.
Assemblymember Alejo started the Young Assemblymember Program in 2011, his first year in office, and has hosted the program every summer during his six years in the Assembly. He founded the program to mentor and train the next generation of local young leaders and teach them the importance of civic participation and higher education. Alejo will leave the Assembly at the end of this year and 2016 will be his final Young Assemblymember Program.
(SALINAS)— Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) today announced recipients of the 2016 California Peace Awards for the 30th Assembly District. This is the sixth year Alejo has honored peacemakers in the district he represents with these annual awards. For 2016, his final year in the Assembly, he is honoring a record nine recipients, including three non-profit organizations. The nine recipients will be honored during National Night Out on August 2.
“It is my honor to recognize these truly remarkable individuals and organizations who have made it their mission to promote peace throughout all of our communities,” Alejo said. “The commitment and dedication they have demonstrated for their communities exemplify what this award is all about. It’s everyday heroes like these who help keep our neighborhoods safe.”