June Newsletter

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 16:00

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

In this issue:


Miguel Santiago signature
Assemblymember, 53rd District

BizFed Informs – Worksite & Workforce Workshop


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DMV Offers Saturday Service at Select Field Offices

ImageRelief 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 services several times per month, with several 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.

Here's a list of documents you’ll need to bring with you for your visit to a field office. 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 if you need any additional assistance with the DMV or other state government services.

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Senior Scam Stoppers Event


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Queens Care Health Fair & FREE Dental Screenings


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Notable Legislative Wins with Local Impact

ImageAB 1862 and AB 1971 Pass Assembly with Bipartisan Support

Assembly Bill 1862 was approved by the California State Assembly on May 30th on a bi-partisan basis with a vote of 56-16. I am authoring this measure with Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) to appropriate $10 million to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), which will provide qualified legal services to current or former recipients who had received federal Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Assembly Bill 1971 was also approved by the California State Assembly on a bipartisan, unanimous vote of 67-0.  The measure, jointly authored by myself, Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and Assemblymember Phillip Chen (R-Brea), changes the criteria by which local governments are able to provide critical medical care to homeless individuals who are mentally ill. It expands the definition of “gravely disabled” to include medical treatment for those who fail or are unable to receive medical treatment will result in a deteriorating physical condition or death.

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Celebrating CA Nonprofits

ImageOn June 28th, 2018, we recognize the important role nonprofits play in our state. For over 100 years, nonprofit organizations have been at the forefront of important social movements, including the women’s suffrage campaign of the 1900s, the free speech and black liberation movements of the 1960s, and the birth of the environmental movement in the 1980s. Today, nonprofits include hospitals and universities that are world-class institutions, arts and cultural organizations that manage meaningful programs for children and families, and outdoor-focused organizations that share a special appreciation for our parks and beaches.

In California, there are over 80,000 nonprofits that help drive the state’s economy, serve as leaders of innovation, and continue to be champions for hope and opportunity.  I urge you to join me in celebrating California Nonprofits for their contributions to the community.

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This Month, Explore Nature with Your Family

SealDid you know that for less than the cost of an afternoon trip to the movies, a family can spend an entire day exploring a state park?

California State Parks contain hundreds of miles of coastline, thousands of miles of hiking and riding trails, and nearly 1000 miles of lake, reservoir and riverfront areas.

Locally, the newest state park in California opened last year in Los Angeles. Make a plan to visit this summer!

Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles CA, 90012
Open all week: 8am – sunset

Discounts are available for seniors through the “Golden Bear” pass. For pass information, reservations for camping or tours, maps and complete listing of local state parks, click here.

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Prop 56 Tobacco Grants Awarded in Los Angeles County

SealApproved by voters in 2016, Prop. 56 increased taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products by $2.00.  The following local government entities were awarded with funds collected from that additional taxation to support the continued effort to reduce the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors.

  • Awardee: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. (Compton)
    Amount Awarded: $124,452
  • Awardee: Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office
    Amount Awarded: $5,515,140
  • Awardee: Los Angeles TCPP
    Amount Awarded: $1,300,000
  • Awardee: Los Angeles Unified School District
    Amount Awarded: $4,201,634

Click here for more information on the Prop. 56 Grant Programs.

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Variety Boys & Girls Club Members Receive Boyle Heights Awards Scholarships

Image23 hardworking Variety Boys and Girls Club members have been awarded scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to help finance their college education. These scholarships, totaling $105,000, were made possible thanks to the continuous generosity of Variety - The Children’s Charity of Southern California (Tent 25), the Al Lapidus Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Jerome Foundation/ Baker Commodities Inc., and the Applebaum Family Foundation. Through the combined efforts of these and other donors, the Variety Boys & Girls Club in Boyle Heights has awarded over $2.6 million in scholarships to 692 college-bound youth since 1972.

The schools to be attended by the scholarship recipients include Smith College, Whittier College, U.C.L.A, U.C. Merced, U.S.C., Cal Poly Pomona, San Francisco State, San Jose State, and Cal State Los Angeles. Several scholarship recipients will also begin their higher education journeys at East Los Angeles College, Pasadena City College, and Santa Monica City College.  Prior scholarship recipients have attended Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Georgetown and numerous other local, private and public institutions.

Click here for a full list of the scholarship recipients, their awarded scholarship, selected post-secondary school, and current high school.

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Safety Summer Tips – How to stay Cool

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

  • Drink plenty of cool water to stay hydrated.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing.  Wear sunscreen and a hat for extra protection.
  • Check on neighbors who might be vulnerable to the heat, especially those without air conditioning.
  • Never leave children or pets alone 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

If you need to cool off, 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. The city Department on Disability also works to provide reasonable accommodation to ensure accessibility and effective communication for people with disabilities.  You can call 3-1-1 from within Los Angeles city limits or use the links below to find out more about cooling center locations and hours of operations.

Recreation and Parks Facilities

Recreation centers, senior centers and museums are open to the public and can serve as cooling centers during normal hours of operation.  Click here to find the nearest Recreation Center, and to find your nearest Senior Center, click here.

Library Facilities

The Los Angeles Central Library and all associated branches can serve as cooling centers during normal hours of operation, including Sunday hours. Stop by to enjoy a book or browse the internet while you take a break from summer heat. To find your nearest library branch, click here.

Los Angeles County Facilities

Los Angeles County facilities also operate as cooling centers during periods of extreme heat. For more information about these locations and a full list of active cooling centers, call L.A. County 2-1-1, or visit the County of Los Angeles’ website.

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The Right to Rescue Act

Two years ago, I authored AB 797 to provide a clear set of rules for Good Samaritans who may see an animal stranded in a hot car. As part of this effort, I participated in the “Hot Car Challenge” to see how long I could withstand the interior of a parked, closed car as temperatures rose as an example of the peril animals face during warm months. Every year, thousands of animals succumb to heatstroke in hot, unattended vehicles. The facts are staggering:

  • Even on an 80° day, the temperature in a parked car can reach 120° in just 10 minutes.
  • On a 90° day, the interior temperature of a vehicle can rise as high as 150°.

These temperatures are unbearable for any person, but especially for animals who do not have sweat glands like humans.

Many concerned citizens come across animals who are left in vehicles during warm months and in need of rescue, but aren't sure what to do and fear being sued and/or arrested if they take unauthorized steps to free an animal. That is the reason why I authored AB 797, “The Right to Rescue Act”, which allows a Good Samaritan to break into a vehicle to rescue an animal if specific conditions are met and he/she follows various steps prior to entering a vehicle. Those steps include:

  • Check that the car cannot be opened.
  • The animal must be suffering harm or in imminent danger.
  • Contact law enforcement.
  • Remain with animal in safe location until law enforcement arrives.
  • Don't use more force than necessary to rescue the animal.


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