Thursday, October 5, 2017

Dan Brekke - KQED News

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill earlier this week that, if you’re like most Bay Area pedestrians, will legalize your daily law-breaking.

No, the state is not lifting the prohibition on jaywalking. That’s still illegal — and dangerous.

The bill the governor graced with his signature, AB 390, makes it legal to begin crossing the street after a pedestrian countdown signal is flashing.

Right. You probably thought that was OK to do already. And you’ve seen the appearance of the countdown — 15, 14, 13 … — as a prod to get across the street as fast as you can.

But that crossing technique is against the law and can be very expensive.

One jurisdiction where people have learned that? Los Angeles.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Anthony Rendon - La Opinion

Esta es la historia de un joven a quien no le gustaba la preparatoria y estuvo a punto de nunca graduarse.

Este joven decidió no ir a la universidad. Trabajaba de madrugada, frecuentemente durmiendo en el autobús de regreso a casa.

Un día empezó a darse cuenta que otros jóvenes en el autobús no se veían tan cansados al llegar a clases en el colegio comunitario.

Aquel joven en el autobús fui yo. Fue cuando decidí buscar un futuro en el salón escolar

El otoño ha llegado y la temporada para que jóvenes regresen a las aulas.

A partir del primero de Octubre, los estudiantes pueden calificar para recibir mucha ayuda financiera.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Amy Powell - ABC 7 News

Monday, September 25, 2017

Long Beach Press Telegram

New community college students in California may soon see a surprising number on their tuition balance: $0.

Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), who proposed Assembly Bill 19, thinks it will prompt as many as 19,000 students who might not have seen college as a possibility to pursue higher education.

“What we’re truly talking about is creating a college-going culture in our community,” Santiago said during a phone interview Monday.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Los Angeles Downtown News

Many people do not know that, under state law, it is illegal to step into a crosswalk when it’s flashing a red signal or when there is an upraised hand. As a result, thousands of people in Downtown have received hefty jaywalking tickets for crossing the street after the countdown clock has begun. Downtown Councilman José Huizar and state Assemblyman Miguel Santiago crafted Assembly Bill 390 to change that law, and the measure cleared its final vote in the State Assembly on Monday, Sept. 11. Now it awaits a signature from Gov. Jerry Brown.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Eloisa Ruano Gonzalez - Press Democrat

California could offer a free year of community college for all first-time students, regardless of income, potentially benefiting hundreds of students at Santa Rosa Junior College.

A bill waiving first-year tuition for full-time students at the state’s 114 community colleges garnered bipartisan support from legislators before being sent to Gov. Jerry Brown last week for a signature. The legislation aims at boosting college enrollment and completion and meeting future workforce demands.

The annual cost for taxpayers would amount to an estimated $31 million, according to the legislation.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Labor Day will be marked in Los Angeles Monday by rallies and marches in Wilmington and downtown Los Angeles and a music festival in Grand Park. The theme of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Labor Coalition's 38th annual Labor Solidarity Parade is "Union Proud. Union Strong.''

Thousands of union members, their families, supporters and friends, are expected for the march, which will begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Broad Avenue and E Street, go west on E Street to Avalon Boulevard, continue north on Avalon Boulevard to M Street, concluding at Banning Park, where a rally and barbecue will begin at noon.