January 2019 Newsletter

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:00

Dear Friend,

Happy New Year! I look forward to serving you in 2019. Please take advantage of the services and events scheduled this month.

In this issue:


Asm Miguel Santiago signature

Assemblymember, 53rd District

Covered CA, Last Day to Enroll is January 15

Covered CaliforniaThe time has begun to join the millions of Californians enrolled in Covered California plans by applying for coverage during the 2019 Open Enrollment period which begins October 15 and ends January 15. 

Covered California is an easy-to-use market place where Californians can purchase affordable, high-quality insurance from top insurance companies and get financial assistance to reduce premium costs if you qualify.  Under the law, no one can be denied coverage for having a pre-existing condition. 

Covered California’s competitive marketplace helps consumers choose a plan that works best for their health needs and their budget.



Casework Highlight

The California Victim Compensation Board is a state program dedicated to providing reimbursement for many crime-related expenses to eligible victims who suffer physical injury or the threat of physical injury as a direct result of a violent crime. The Victims Compensation Board can even provide assistance in paying for medical bills. Below are some examples of violent crimes. For more information on filing a case with the Victim Compensation Board please contact my office at (213) 620-4646.

  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse
  • Assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Hate crimes
  • Drunk driving

For more information on filing a case with the Victims Compensation Board please contact my office at (213) 620-4646.

Honoring California’s Korean-Americans

Korean-American DayFor more than a century, the contributions and sacrifices of Korean-Americans have shaped the State of California.

This year marks the 116th year of Korean immigration to the United States.

On Jan. 13, 1903, the first group of Koreans arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Over the four years that followed, approximately 1,000 Korean-Americans entered the country’s mainland from Hawaii through San Francisco. Their culture continues to play a pivotal role in defining the United States, and California, as the land of diversity and opportunity.

I am a supporter of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 3, which recognizes Jan. 13, 2019 as Korean-American Day in California. This continues a long tradition of the State Assembly applauding the contributions of our state’s many ethnic groups. On this day, we can remember the past, celebrate the present, and prepare for a better future for all.

Martin Luther King Jr Day: A Time for Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr DayEven now, a half century after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s contribution to developing a more equal society, one where all Americans have the opportunity to succeed remains unmatched.

Each year, the Legislature honors his birthday with a Concurrent Resolution. I am proud to be a co-author of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 10 to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in 2019.

We also must make every effort to keep the progress we have made in place and move forward, even in the face of uncertainty at this time of national upheaval.

Today, I encourage you to give back to the community in Dr. King's honor. You can perform community service or stand up for an ideal you believe in, while working to make the world a better place. Fight to improve the lives of others, this is the legacy I believe Dr. King would want in his memory.

In his words, "Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

As we remember the past, we must endeavor to use those lessons to inform the present and shape the future. I trust that you will do something meaningful to commemorate his legacy. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Third Annual Women’s March LA

3rd Annual Women’s March LAThe Women’s March Los Angeles Foundation invites all Angelenos to march on January 19, 2019 in Downtown LA to speak Truth to Power.

Women’s March begins at:
Pershing Square,
532 South Olive Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013
8:30 a.m.

Women’s March Ends:
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N Spring St,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
2 p.m.

The LA Women’s March will feature powerful speakers, music, art, community booths, and a shared voice of resistance with advocacy aligned with unity principles. These include: ending violence, protection of reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, equal pay for equal work, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, indigenous people’s rights and environmental justice.

New Laws for the New Year

The New Year is often a time of growth and change. Here in California, 2019 also means the beginning of a new era after my colleagues at the State Capitol and I passed the most comprehensive package of New Laws in the country.

You’re invited to watch this short series about what kind of changes to expect – from expanded environmental protections to strengthening the economy and improving children’s health and safety – the future is here in California!

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 easy. Eligible taxpayers just need to file a 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.