California Assembly Votes to Extend Eviction Moratorium Through Sept. 30

The California Assembly voted Monday to extend the state's eviction moratorium through Sept. 30, giving renters behind on their rent payments a lifeline.

California Assemblyman Miguel Santiago said the three-month extension on the moratorium will prevent a tsunami of evictions.

"This is a life saver... the difference between living on the street in your car or staying in your apartment."

LA elected officials, community members march in honor of local dads

California State Legislature Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, and LA City Councilor Kevin Deleon hosted a Father’s Day compliment march at Boyle Heights on Sunday, June 20th.

The elected officials included members of the community and a live mariachi band.

California offered checks to undocumented families. An IRS backlog is holding them up for many

Alfredo Gaudencio Diaz, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, applied to renew an IRS processing number for people who don’t qualify to receive Social Security Numbers early this year when he started filing his taxes.

The process should take two months, the Ontario resident thought.

But six months later, Diaz, 42, said he has yet to hear back from the Internal Revenue Service about his Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.

California Launches New Anti-Human Trafficking Teams

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general launched new anti-human trafficking teams to apprehend perpetrators and support survivors on Friday amid an alarming increase in labor and sexual exploitation statewide during the coronavirus pandemic.

The state’s lockdown exacerbated problems with human trafficking, officials said Friday, and made it much harder for victims to escape and find housing and other services.

Mariachis Serenade Residents As They Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations At Nearby Mobile Clinic

BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA) – Assemblyman Miguel Santiago organized an event with mariachis and gift bags containing cash cards to incentivize residents in a Boyle Heights neighborhood to get their COVID-19 vaccinations at a nearby mobile clinic.

“It’s important that hard hit communities in LA have access to vaccines and that people must overcome vaccine hesitancy,” the assemblyman said.

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.