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
(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.”
(SACRAMENTO)— Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) today commended the California State University Task Force on the Advancement of Ethnic Studies for its recently published comprehensive report that examines the history and future of ethnic studies programs in California.
“The scope and thoroughness of this report will serve as a catalyst to strengthen ethnic studies programs at CSU campuses and also increase student access to them in California’s public schools,” said Alejo, who is the author of Assembly Bill 2016, which seeks to create an Ethnic Studies curriculum for public high schools across California. “I commend the Task Force for proposing the Chancellor’s office hire 50 new faculty members for ethnic studies programs, with matching contributions from campus presidents, in order to support and encourage consistent hiring. And I thank UC Chancellor Timothy White for accepting the Task Force’s recommendation to maintain an existing moratorium against faculty reductions in ethnic studies programs at CSU campuses.”
(SACRAMENTO)— The office of State Auditor Elaine M. Howle has completed its audit of the King City Police Department, which Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo requested last year. The audit, which took seven months to complete, found a number of deficiencies that the Police Department and the City need to correct in order to restore public confidence in the Department following an illegal towing scandal that resulted in criminal prosecution and the conviction of the former police chief and several officers.
“In requesting the audit, our goal was not to criticize the Department, but rather to provide it with a plan of action to improve how it operates and serves the community,” Alejo said. “Clearly, as demonstrated by the audit, there is work to do but I am confident if all these recommendations are heeded, King City will be in a position to finally restore trust to the community.”
(SALINAS) — Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D-Salinas) released the following statement today following the early release of former King City police officer Bobby Carrillo, who was serving a jail sentence for felony convictions tied to a corrupt towing scheme that operated within the King City Police Department. Monterey County Superior Court Judge Julie Culver granted a request by Carrillo’s defense attorney to release Carrillo and allow him to serve the remainder of his sentence at home after Carrillo complained of depression.
“I am outraged that the judge thought so little of the victims targeted in this scam, who are largely low-income Latinos, by allowing a corrupt police officer to leave jail early because he was uncomfortable there. Bobby Carrillo was the mastermind of a scheme that involved police officers abusing their power to intimidate and defraud victims who were the most vulnerable members of the community. This is a kick in the gut to those who were expecting justice from our courts.”
(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.”
(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.”