April Newsletter

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 15:15

We have great services and events scheduled this month. See below!

In this issue:


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Assemblymember, 53rd District

California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarship Program

CLLCFThe California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation (CLLCF) invites all qualified California residents to apply for a college scholarship. This scholarship program was established to assist deserving students by offering financial assistance to help meet educational expenses.


In order to be eligible for the CLLCF Scholarship, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a full time student in good academic standing at an accredited college or university, OR
  • Be a graduating high school senior with written proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5

Submit a completed application along with all required supplementary documents by June 1, 2018. For more information on how to apply for the CLLCF Scholarship, please visit www.cllcf.org/scholarship-program or call (213)620-4646.

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4th Annual Pico Union Community Resource Fair

Many community organizations have come together to provide FREE services and resources to the 53rd Assembly District community. Join us Saturday, April 7th, 2018, for the 4th Annual Pico Union Community Resource Fair!

Resource Fair flyer

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Cesar Chavez Beautification Day at Malabar Elementary School

Malabar mascotJoin me and hundreds of students and parents on Saturday, April 7th, 2018, to honor the legacy of Cesar Chavez with a community clean-up at Malabar Elementary school!

Saturday, April 7
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Malabar Elementary School
3200 East Malabar St.
Los Angeles, CA 90063

For more information regarding the clean-up, please contact my office at (213)620-4646.

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It's Your Money: Get It!

EITCCalifornia offers an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working low-income families and individuals. In addition to the federal EITC, the new state Earned Income Tax Credit will put more money in the pockets of those who need it most.

If you qualify for the CA EITC, and the amount of the credit is greater than the tax you owe, you will receive a refund.

The CA EITC is available to California households with adjusted gross incomes of: less than $6,717 if there are no qualifying children; less than $10,087 if there is one qualifying child; or less than $14,161 if there are two or more qualifying children. See below for more qualifications.


  • Recipients must file a state tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not otherwise required to file.
  • Filers must have earned income from W-2 wages, salaries, tips, or other employee compensation subject to California withholding. (For the CA EITC, earned income does not include income from self-employment.)
  • Recipients, their spouse, and any qualifying children must each have a social security number issued by the Social Security Administration that is valid for employment.
  • Recipients must file using the single, married/registered domestic partner (RDP) filing jointly, or head of household filing status. The "married/RDP filing separately" status may not be used.
  • Applicants must either:
    • Meet the rules for those without a qualifying child; or
    • Have an individual that meets all of the qualifying child rules for you or your spouse if you file a joint return.
  • A filer's principal residence must be in California for more than half the tax year.
    • Investment income, such as interest, dividends, royalties, and capital gains cannot exceed $3,471 for the entire tax year.

For more information, please call my office at (213)620-4646 or visit asmdc.org/gr.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness MonthToo many people in our state have had to say #MeToo about their experiences with sexual assault.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual violence deserves a comprehensive solution that includes community educational outreach on this pressing social issue. Each of us plays a role in preventing and responding to sexual assault. By believing and supporting survivors, we can change the culture and educate our community on the impacts of sexual violence.

At the Capitol, we have not been immune to the harms caused by sexual assault and sexual harassment. Many of us are working to change the culture that made this so pervasive here and in workplaces across the country.

If you have been a victim of assault, know that I believe you and will help you in any way that I can. If you are in crisis, please contact 1-800-656-4673. If you would like resources, please contact my office at (213)620-4646.

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April Is Also Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness MonthThere is a good chance that someone you know is living with Autism. An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed on the Autism spectrum in the U.S., and there are hundreds of thousands more who are thriving around the world.

Thanks to diligent research, we're learning new things about Autism every day - including symptoms, tips for successful communication, the importance of routine development and more.

Help celebrate Autism Awareness Month by seeking the facts, and connect with advocates, families and individuals who are successfully living with this disorder.

Together we can create a stronger sense of community when everyone gets to be included!

For more information on Autism and how you can get involved, please visit www.autism-society.org

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Citizenship Question Threatens Census Undercount

California Counts. Get Counted.The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has announced that the U.S. Census Bureau will add a Citizenship Question to the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire. This decision by the Trump administration is designed to scare residents, is unconstitutional, and will cost state and local governments billions of dollars.

The State of California has filed a lawsuit to stop this question from being added to the questionnaire.

To view a copy of the lawsuit and receive information regarding federal assistance programs that could be jeopardized due to the Citizenship question being placed in the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire, please contact my office at (213)620-4646.

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Earth Day

Earth Day graphic with treeOn April 22, we celebrate Earth Day in an effort to address the environmental issues of our time.

Earth Day was first conceived by former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) in 1969. In that first year, over 20 million Americans participated in "environmental teach-ins." Now, more than half a billion people in more than 190 countries will celebrate Earth Day by hosting a wide range of activities centered around environmental education, action and change.  I encourage you to participate and get involved.

For activities taking place in the district, please contact my office at (213)620-4646.

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