February 2019 Newsletter

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 15:45

Please take advantage of the services and events scheduled this month.

In this issue:


Asm Miguel Santiago signature

Assemblymember, 53rd District

Save the Date:

2nd Annual FREE Tree Adoption Event

Once again, my office has partnered with City Plants to distribute 100 shade trees to the residents of the City of Los Angeles. Join us in March to receive a tree and discuss district and legislative issues.

2750 E 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Saturday, March 16, 2019
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

*Trees will be available if you live in or own property within the City of Los Angeles. Trees must be planted on private property. Residence verification will be required (driver’s license, ID or DWP bill). Trees are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and limit is one tree per address.

For more information on this event please call my office at (213) 620-4646.

Free Income Tax Preparation Event

Tax season is here! Did you know that if you earn less than $54,000 a year you qualify to do your taxes for free? Join us in April and get your taxes done.

Boyle Heights Technology YouthSource Center
1600 E 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Saturday, April 6, 2019
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
RSVP Needed at (213) 620-4646

For more information on any of these events or to RSVP for the Free Tax Preparation Event please call my office at (213) 620-4646.

Watch Your Heart

February National Heart MonthHeart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States. In February, we observe American Heart Month to promote heart health and focus attention on the risk factors for heart disease.

Prevention is a key component to living a healthy life, which is why knowledge of this disease and recent medical advancements is crucial for you and your family’s health. The statistics about heart disease can be scary, but you can keep your heart healthy by taking preventative steps and knowing the symptoms of a heart attack.

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Q: How will I know if I am having a heart attack?

It can be difficult to discern whether or not what you are experiencing is a heart attack. However, there are symptoms people may have, including the following:

  • An uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest, which lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back;
  • Discomfort in the areas of the upper body, which may be felt in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach;
  • Shortness of breath, which often occurs with or before chest discomfort; and
  • Other symptoms, such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.

When in doubt, check it out! Call 911. Do not wait more than a few minutes – five at most. Call right away!

Q: What is angina and how is it different from a heart attack?

An episode of angina is NOT a heart attack; however, people with angina report having a hard time telling the difference between angina symptoms and heart attack symptoms.  Angina is a recurring pain or discomfort in the chest that occurs when some part of the heart does not, temporarily, receive enough blood. A person may notice it during exertion, such as when climbing stairs. Angina is usually relieved within a few minutes by resting or by taking prescribed angina medicine. People who have been diagnosed with angina have a greater risk of a heart attack than people without angina.

Pre-Hospital Delay Time

Q: I would rather wait until I am sure something is really wrong. What is the rush anyway?

Clot-busting drugs and other artery-opening treatments work best when given within the first hour after a heart attack commences. The first hour is also the most risky time during a heart attack, because it is when your heart might stop suddenly. A quick response to your symptoms increases greatly your chance of surviving.

Q: So how quickly should I act?

If you have any heart attack symptoms, call 911 immediately; do not wait more than a few minutes – five at most.

Q: Why should I bother? If I am going to die, there is not much I can do about it anyway, is there?

That is not true. There are things that can be done about a heart attack. Doctors have clot-busting drugs and other artery-opening procedures that can stop or reverse a heart attack, if given quickly. These drugs can limit the damage to the heart muscle by removing the blockage and restoring blood flow. Less heart damage means a better quality of life after a heart attack.

Unfortunately many people do not receive treatment until it is too late, because they wait too long before seeking care. The greatest benefit from these therapies comes when patients seek treatment quickly, preferably within the first hour after the start of their symptoms.

The Role of Emergency Medical Personnel

Q: Emergency medical personnel cause such a commotion. Can’t I just have my wife/husband/friend/coworker take me to the hospital?

EMS Personnel – which stands for “Emergency Medical Services” – can bring medical care to you. For example, they bring oxygen and medication, and they can actually restart your heart if it stops after they arrive. Your wife/husband/friend/co-worker cannot do that and he/she cannot help you at all if he/she is driving. In the ambulance, there are enough people to give you the help you need and get you to the hospital right away.

Your Steps to Survival

Q: I am not sure I can remember all this. What can I do to make it easier for me?

You can make a plan and discuss it in advance with your family, your friends, your co-workers and, of course, your doctor. Then you can rehearse this plan, just like a fire drill. Keep it simple. Know the warning signs. Keep information, such as what medications you are taking, in one place. If you have any symptoms of a heart attack for a few minutes – do not wait more than five minutes before calling EMS by dialing 911.

Q: I carry nitroglycerin pills all the time for my heart condition; if I have heart attack symptoms, should I try them first?

Yes, if your doctor has prescribed nitroglycerin pills, you should follow your doctor’s orders. If you are not sure about how to take your nitroglycerin when you get chest pain, check with your doctor.

Q: What about taking an aspirin, like we see on television?

You should not delay calling 911 to take an aspirin. Studies have shown that people sometimes delay seeking help if they take an aspirin or other medicine. Emergency department personnel will administer aspirin to a heart attack victim as soon as possible. The best thing to do is to call 911 immediately, and let the professionals give you the aspirin.

* Material provided by the American Heart Association

Black History is American History

Black History MonthBlack History Month is a time to reflect, recognize, and honor the invaluable contributions of African Americans who have strengthened our nation’s economic, political, cultural and social landscape.

The theme for this year is “Black Migrations.”

African-Americans have fought for the United States throughout its history, defending and serving a country that in turn denied them their basic rights as citizens. It is important that we also acknowledge that the struggle for freedom, equal rights, and justice continues today.


Japanese Internment Day of Remembrance

February 19, 1942 was the day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law Executive Order 9066, which effectively suspended the civil liberties of Japanese Americans in the United States.

This is why on the anniversary of that dark day, I ask you to join me in a Day of Remembrance.

Let’s make the Day of Remembrance a day to double down on our efforts to reverse injustice, confront those who seek to deny the rights of others, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for equality in all our communities.

Presidents’ Day

Presidents DayThe observance of Presidents’ Day in the United States seems to mean something different to everyone. Skimming local newspapers or scrolling through social media could lead one to conclude that the holiday was created by merchants just so they could hold an annual “President’s Day” sale. But the origin of the holiday is far less commercial.Depending on your perspective or from what part of the country you come from, Presidents’ Day is actually intended to honor George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, or all the American presidents.

So, what exactly is Presidents’ Day, and how did it come about?

According to the Gregorian or “New Style” calendar in use today, George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. According to the Julian or “Old Style” calendar that was in effect in England and its colonies until 1752, however, his birthday was February 11, because the new calendar added 11 days to the old date in order to bring the calendar year into step with the astronomical year. So in 1796, which was the last year of Washington’s second term, there was a movement to celebrate his birthday on a national level to honor him as “the Father of Our Country” as our first president. By the early 19th century, Washington’s Birthday had taken firm root as a bona fide national holiday. Traditions of the holiday included “Birthright Balls” in various regions, along with speeches and receptions given by prominent public figures, as well as a lot of revelry in taverns throughout the land.

In the 1860s came our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, who guided the United States through the Civil War, and who, according to many, was the most significant force in saving the United States from destruction. He held the nation together during that tumultuous time, only to die at the hand of a cowardly assassin. It was clear that Lincoln, too, deserved a special day of recognition. The first formal observance of his birthday took place in 1866, the year after his assassination, when both houses of Congress gathered for a memorial address.

Lincoln was born on February 12, so two of our most significant and important presidents in our history born on days that close together, though years apart. Prior to 1968, this went largely unnoticed, and things went smoothly. The country celebrated February 22 as a national holiday in celebration Washington and most states observed February 12 in honor of Abraham Lincoln.

In 1969, at the urging of then-President Richard Nixon, House Resolution 15951 was enacted. This Act, which took effect in 1971, was designed to simplify the yearly calendar of holidays and to give federal and state employees some standard three-day weekends in the process. Several holidays were affected. One was Washington’s Birthday, which was shifted to the third Monday in February.

When he signed the measure, President Nixon declared the day “Presidents’ Day,” and said it was to honor all past presidents of the United States. However, the holiday is officially called “Washington’s Birthday,” because Nixon erroneously believed that a presidential declaration has the same weight as an Executive Order.

If you are a traditionalist, you will be happy to know that even though Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday have been replaced on the holiday register with a single day, many communities and many states, continue to observe the holidays on their original dates. They do this by staging pageants and reenactments of important milestones in the lives of Washington and Lincoln.

Citizenship Workshop

Citizenship WorkshopIf you are a legal permanent resident and are looking to become a U.S. Citizen join us at the “Si Se Puede Ciudadania Citizen Workshop”!

Teamsters Local 630
750 Stanford Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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During this workshop the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) will assist legal permanent residents fill out their citizenship applications and our partner attorneys from Loyola Law School Immigrant Justice Clinic will review all applications and cases.

California EITC: Money in Your Pocket

EITCThe California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is available for more families this year.

This cash-back credit is designed to put money in the pockets of low-income working families and individuals. Claiming this credit is as easy as filing your state tax return.

You could get up to $2775 more back in this year's tax return if you qualify for California's Earned Income Tax Credit. In its first year, CalEITC boosted the income of about 385,000 families, who shared almost $200 million from the cash-back credit. Starting with the 2018 tax year, families earning up to $24,950 may qualify for CalEITC.

Those who were self-employed in 2018 may also qualify. If you do not owe taxes, CalEITC will provide you with a tax refund when you file your return. If you owe taxes, CalEITC reduces the amount of taxes you might owe and may allow you a refund when you file your taxes.

For more information please call my office at (213) 620-4646.




Coming Soon: Better Roads!

SB1If you think traffic in California is getting worse, you're not alone. Recent studies show some commutes across the Golden State can take upto 92 hours a year. And hitting the road is more expensive than ever. In 2018, damaged roadways are expected to cost the average California driver $760. But thanks to Senate Bill 1, things are starting to change. SB1 serves as an active investment in local roads, highways and bridges, and ultimately saves you valuable time and money. Click Here to see all the projects that are being planned in the 53rd District.