May Newsletter

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 08:45

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

In this issue:


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Assemblymember, 53rd District

California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarship Program

CLLCFThe California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation (CLLCF) invites all qualified California residents to apply for a college scholarship! This scholarship program was established to assist deserving students by offering financial assistance to help meet educational expenses.


In order to be eligible for scholarship consideration students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a full time student in good academic standing at an accredited college or university, OR
  • Be a graduating high school senior with written proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5

Submit a completed application along with all required supplementary documents by the application deadline. For more information on how to apply for the CLLCF Scholarship please visit or call my office at (213) 620-4646.

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How the State of California Help You Save For College

529 DayThe rising cost of college has left many parents feeling overwhelmed. ScholarShare 529 is here to help you start saving. ScholarShare is a state-sponsored 529 savings plan that helps families prepare for college expenses—tax free.

The program is available to any citizen or taxpayer and just about anyone an contribute. The funds can be used at any accredited university, college  or vocational school nationwide, and many institutions abroad.

From May 29- June 1, people who open a new 529 college savings plan account with $50 and sign up for automatic contributions of $25 or more for six months will receive a matching $50 contribution from ScholarShare. Sign up at now.

For more information about programs that will help make college more affordable, visit

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Citizenship Question Threatens Census Undercount

CA CountsLast month, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce announced that the U.S. Census Bureau will add a Citizenship Question to the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire. This decision by the Trump administration is designed to scare residents; meanwhile it’s unconstitutional, and will cost state and local governments billions of dollars.

The State of California has filed a lawsuit to stop this question from being added to the questionnaire.

To view a copy of the lawsuit and receive information regarding federal assistance programs that could be jeopardized due to this question being placed in the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire, please contact my office at (213) 620-4646.

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Help Refresh the "El Paseo Walkway"

Refresh the "El Paseo Walkway"Los Angeles has many special pockets hidden away, full of creativity and beauty. The Adams-Normandie Neighborhood Association (ANNA) wants to create one as well! The El Paseo Walkway is in need of cleaning, planting, and graffiti removal. Join my team and help restore the El Paseo Walkway to its formal glory!

Saturday, May 12
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

1658 W 23rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

For more information regarding the clean-up please contact my office at (213) 620-4646 or to RSVP, please visit

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Protect Your Worksite and Workforce

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At Your Service

At Your ServiceBureaucracy often times may be slow and frustrating. When applying for a license to practice a profession, one’s application may get lost or misplaced. My office can assist in helping make sure that an application for a license can be processed in a timely manner, and inform the applicant if there are any further steps needed to continue the process. Whether it’s making sure that your contracting license is renewed or you’re applying for a registered nurse license, give my office a call at (213) 620-4646 to see how my office can assist you.

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Latino Spirit Awards – Gaviña Coffee

Gaviña CoffeeCongratulations to Gaviña Coffee from the 53rd Assembly District for being chosen as the California Latino Spirit Award winner for "Achievement in Business".

The story of Gaviñas Coffee Company is a story of family. Brothers José María and Ramón Gaviña began this quest well over a century ago in 1870 when they left their native Basque region of Spain in search of a better life. They settled in the fertile mountains of southern Cuba and planted the seeds of what would become Gaviña Gourmet Coffee.

Ever since, there has been Gaviñas running the coffee business - from their coffee growing roots in 1870 to their coffee roasting business in Los Angeles founded in 1967. Today, the Gaviñas family carries on the dream in their state-of-the-art coffee roasting facility just a few blocks from their original building in Vernon, CA.

During the Latino Spirit Awards annual celebration at the State Capitol, each honoree is introduced on the Assembly Floor and receives a special certificate honoring their accomplishments.

The Latino Spirit Awards were established in 2002 at the State Capitol in Sacramento to coincide with our state’s acknowledgement of Cinco de Mayo and to highlight positive role models in our community.

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