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Officials Support Newsom’s Added Funding For Exide Plant Cleanup

Councilman Kevin de León, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago and Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia Monday voiced their support for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $454.5 million in proposed funding to clean up toxic chemicals that leaked into more than 10,000 properties from the Exide Technologies battery recycling plan in Vernon.

California mulls letting adults add parents to health plans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California could become the only state to let adult children add their parents as dependents to their health insurance plans, a policy proposal aimed at increasing insurance coverage among low-income people living in the country illegally who aren’t eligible for government-funded coverage.

Free banking in California? New bill tackles access and racial equity

Escalating overdraft charges. Minimum balances. High ATM, check-cashing and debit card fees.

Banking can be expensive, especially for low-wage workers.

A score of California lawmakers have signed on to a new bill designed to offer Golden State households free financial services, taking on the state’s powerful banks at a time when easier access to banking services could help families cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Legislator seeks to create free banking services for Californians

Los Angeles Assemblymember Miguel Santiago has introduced legislation that would form a state panel to create a no-fee, no-penalty bank account supported by the state and managed by existing financial companies.

Unlike a previous attempt by Santiago to create public banks, this time around, the legislation, Assembly Bill 1177, would form a Public Banking Option Board, which would partner with existing financial institutions to offer the free accounts statewide through a "BankCal" program.

Survey finds that relief for undocumented immigrants helped, but not enough

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Earlier in the pandemic, California rolled out a COVID-19 relief program for undocumented immigrants in the state. The Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI) program was created to help the immigrant community in the state as the world dealt with the pandemic. 

Broadband for All Gains California Senate and Assembly Commitment

California Forward (CA FWD), the California Economic Summit network and its partners have long advocated for the need to ensure affordable and high-speed broadband to all Californians.

“Not only is bridging the digital divide an issue of equity, it’s an imperative if we are to provide more Californians with access to job opportunities, tele-medicine, education and much more,” said Micah Weinberg, CEO of CA FWD.

Food need rising among California college students, undocumented immigrants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An increase in food insecurity during the pandemic is leading to an expanded focus on college campuses and on a separate push for Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign an emergency food assistance bill.

In Placer County, the Placer Food Bank reported a significant increase in need, including among college students.

Foodbank Bill To Aid Socal Residents Awaits Newsom's Signature

LOS ANGELES, CA — A bill sits on Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk that will provide food assistance to low-income residents. On Tuesday, a coalition of mayors and food bank representatives from around California called on Newsom to sign AB 826, putting $600 in food assistance to low-income residents, including undocumented immigrants.

Foodbank Bill To Aid Socal Residents Awaits Newsom's Signature

LOS ANGELES, CA — A bill sits on Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk that will provide food assistance to low-income residents. On Tuesday, a coalition of mayors and food bank representatives from around California called on Newsom to sign AB 826, putting $600 in food assistance to low-income residents, including undocumented immigrants.

The bill was authored by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, who said food banks and other nonprofits throughout California have experienced a surge in people seeking assistance since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.