July Newsletter

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 14:30

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

In this issue:


Miguel Santiago signature
Assemblymember, 53rd District

Senior Scam Stoppers Event

Senior Scam Stoppers Event

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Summer Movie Nights and Concert

Join me at an upcoming Free Summer Movie Night and concert to discuss legislative and district issues of interest to our community, while enjoying a day out with the family.

Boyle Heights

Rated PG
Friday, August 3 - 7 p.m.
Pico Gardens
1526 E. 4th St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

Downtown Los Angeles

“Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom”
(Movie subject to change)
Rated PG 13
Sunday, August 5 - 2 p.m.
Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 14
1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

MacArthur Park

Sunday, August 12 - 4 p.m.
Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park
2230 W. 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Free popcorn, drinks, and back-to-school backpacks while supplies last!
(Not paid for with state funds.)

To RSVP or for more information, please call (213) 620-4646.

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CA Assembly Budget Subcommittee Oversight Hearing: Status of the Exide Residential Cleanup under the Interim Contract

Please join me at an Assembly Budget Subcommittee Oversight Hearing on Thursday, August 9th at 5:00 p.m. to receive an update from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and the County of Los Angeles on the status of the Exide Residential Cleanup under the Interim Contract.

I encourage you to attend the public hearing and share your comments with the committee. Specifically, I would like to hear about:

  • Your concerns, experiences, and communications with the county/state.
  • Your suggestions for expediting the cleanup.

Details for the Public Hearing:

Thursday, August 9
5 p.m.

Resurrection Church Auditorium
3324 Opal St.
Los Angeles, CA 90023

If you have any questions or would like to share any feedback, please contact my office at (213) 620-4646.

Free parking is available onsite. Spanish translation will also be available.

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At Your Service

At Your ServiceStaying connected with our loved ones and friends is always a priority. But as we get older, communicating may be difficult due to the different health issues that arise with old age, like loss of hearing, loss of sight, arthritis, or other health conditions. Our office can be of assistance by connecting people to the State of California’s Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program. This program provides phones for those that are hard of hearing or who have loss of sight. To learn more about the program, please contact my office at (213) 620-4646.

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FREE Community College

Free Community CollegeSince arriving at the State legislature in 2014, I made it my mission to better our higher education system by making it easier for students to attend college. The biggest obstacle that students face after graduating high school is the lack of financial assistance to pursue a higher degree. Last year, I authored Assembly Bill (AB) 19, which makes California community colleges free for first time full time students. I was excited when Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law because it means that more students will have the ability to attend college.

Thanks to AB19, starting this fall, new students who are enrolled in community college full-time will get to attend for free. If you have any questions regarding AB19 or how to apply for college, please contact my office at (213) 620-4646.

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DMV Offers Saturday Service at Select Field Offices

DMVRelief from long waits at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is on the way! Starting this month, 40 field offices throughout the state will now offer Saturday service several times per month. And there are many within reach of Downtown Los Angeles!

Saturday appointments can be made up to 90 days in advance on the DMV website. However, behind-the-wheel exams are not available during the weekend. In addition to the typical services DMV provides, this is a great opportunity for you to update your driver license or identification card and obtain a federally-compliant card called REAL ID. Beginning October 2020, anyone wishing to board a domestic flight or enter a federal facility must present this new card. A REAL ID application can only be submitted in-person. So the new Saturday hours are great news.

Here is a list of documents you need to bring with you for your visit to the DMV. It's important to note that you do not need a REAL ID if you won't be flying or going to a secured federal building. Also, your valid U.S. Passport is still acceptable to present as identification in all locations. As always, please don't hesitate to call my office at (213) 620-4646 for additional assistance with the DMV or other state government services.

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Safety Summer Tips – How To Stay Cool!

Safety Summer TipsSummer months bring fun, sun, and heat! Sometimes the heat can become dangerous, especially for children, pets, people who work outside, and for people with certain health conditions. Staying safe in high heat is important. Follow these simple tips to stay cool:

  • Drink plenty of cool water! Stay hydrated.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing. Wear sunscreen and a hat for protection.
  • Check on neighbors who might be vulnerable to the heat, especially those without air conditioning.
  • Never leave children or pets in a car - not even for one minute! Temperatures inside a car can quickly skyrocket to deadly levels.
  • If you work or play outside, take frequent breaks to hydrate and cool off in the shade.
  • Don't forget the pets! Keep pets indoors if possible. If kept outside, give them plenty of water and shade to rest in.
  • Know the symptoms of heat-related illness: dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately!

Cooling Centers

City of Los Angeles Facilities
The City of L.A. offers cooling centers where you can beat the heat. These cooling centers are in L.A. City facilities where you can enjoy recreational programming or a good book while you cool off. Cooling centers are open and available during regular hours of operation unless otherwise noted. The City Department on Disability works to provide reasonable accommodation to ensure accessibility and effective communications for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs at cooling centers. You can call 3-1-1 from within Los Angeles or use the links below to find out more about cooling center locations and hours of operation.

Recreation and Parks Facilities
Recreation and Parks facilities like recreation centers, senior centers, and museums are open to the public and serve as cooling centers during normal hours of operation.

Library Facilities
The Los Angeles Central Library and all branches serve as cooling centers during normal hours of operation, including Sunday hours at regional branches. Stop by to enjoy a book or browse the internet while you take a break from summer heat. To find your nearest library branch, visit: lapl.org/branches

Los Angeles County Facilities
Los Angeles County and neighboring cities also operate cooling centers during periods of extreme heat. For more information about these locations, call LA County 2-1-1 or visit the County of Los Angeles’ website for a listing of active cooling centers: http://lacoa.org/PDF/coolingcenters.pdf

Additional Cooling Centers in the 53rd Assembly District Include:

City of Huntington Park
Huntington Park Library
6518 Miles Ave.
Huntington Park, CA 90255

City of Vernon
Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial Branch Library
4504 S. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90011

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