March Newsletter

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 09:30

We have great services and events scheduled this month.

In this issue:


Miguel Santiago signature
Assemblymember, 53rd District

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

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Upcoming Events

Join us this month as we host a series of events in the 53rd Assembly District.

Pet Adoption/Pet Fair

Pet Fair flyerMeet and adopt your new best friend at our first Pet Adoption/Pet Fair event. Dogs and cats will be available for adoption, and for all pets that attend, low cost vaccinations, goodie bags and plenty of treats will be provided!

Saturday, March 17
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Spring St. Park
428 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Free Tree Giveaway Event

Tree Giveaway flyerMy office is partnering with City Plants and the Fuego Tech Rangers to distribute 100 trees to residents in Los Angeles. Join us to receive a tree, and discuss district and legislative. Please visit my website and watch out for future emails about this awesome event!

Saturday, March 24
10 am - 12 pm

2750 E 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

*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.

Free Tax Preparation Event

EITCTax 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 March and get your taxes done.

Saturday, March 31
8 am - 2pm
RSVP Needed

Boyle Heights Technology Youth Source Center
1600 E 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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.

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53rd Assembly District Woman of the Year

Woman of the YearDuring the annual Woman of the Year celebration, a woman from each Assembly District is honored at the State Capitol. Each honoree is introduced on the Assembly Floor and receives a special certificate that celebrates her accomplishments.

I am honored to name Blair Besten as the 2018 Woman of the Year for the 53rd Assembly District.

Blair is an inspirational leader with a long history of accomplishments.  She was appointed in 2011 as the Executive Director of the Historic Core Business Improvement District. Working with Historic Core residents, businesses, and property owners has been a meaningful way to apply her background in real estate project management, community engagement and policy work.

In January 2017, the Los Angeles City Council appointed Blair to serve on the Proposition HHH Citizen Oversight Committee, which oversees the disbursement of $1.2 billion to fund permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless. She is active in numerous Downtown LA organizations, including the LA Streetcar Board of Directors, Central City Police Boosters Board of Directors, the Civic Center Redesign Council, and the Pershing Square Renew Board. She is known for her determination and effectiveness as a community leader.

Blair Besten has inspired me, and I share her story because I hope she will inspire you as well.

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Public Workshops on Implementation of the “Internet for All Now” Act

Internet Workshops flyerThe California Public Utilities Commission, as part of its implementation of the “Internet for All Now” Act, will hold a series of public workshops to receive input on broadband grant program changes, existing carrier commitments, and develop partnerships for regional solutions. The following workshop will be held in our district:

Friday, March 30
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ronald Reagan Building, Auditorium
300 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

For more information please visit or call (213) 620-4646.

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CA Latino Leadership Institute Now Accepting Applications!

CA Latino Leadership InstituteThe Southeast Fellows Program is a one-of-a-kind paid summer internship targeting high school juniors and seniors in the 2018-2019 academic school year. The goal of the program is to create an environment for collective problem solving, soft skills development, conflict negotiation, team-building, workforce career mentoring and civic engagement tools.

The application period for the Southeast Fellows Program ends March 22, 2018. Applications are reviewed and scored by a diverse panel of readers. The top 15% of the finalists will then be invited to a 30-minute in person interview. For more information or to apply please visit

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Constituent Highlight

In a rare case, government agencies make mistakes when processing paperwork. Recently, an individual visited my office for assistance with the Department of Justice and the live scan procedure. This individual needed to verify their background check in order to proceed with an immigration issue. My office helped the constituent correct a clerical error on their background check that enabled them to continue with the immigration process. If you have any questions about live scan or verifying a criminal record, please reach out to my office at (213) 620-4646.

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