California to become first state offering health care to all undocumented residents

California will become the first state to remove immigration status as a barrier to health care, making all low-income undocumented residents eligible for state-subsidized insurance regardless of age.

Gov. Gavin Newsom late Sunday announced a budget deal he struck with the Legislature included a new Medi-Cal expansion that would cover more undocumented adults.

Father’s Day celebrated with mariachi music march, breakfast in Boyle Heights

A fun and musical Father’s Day march with Mariachi Los Dorados De Villa, elected officials, community members — and fathers, of course — was held on Sunday morning, June 19, thanks to the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA in Boyle Heights.

The “Serenatas para papa” march was followed by a pancake breakfast for fathers and others in the community. Elected officials who were expected to join in the march, and give speeches at the breakfast, included Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (ASMDC-53), state Sen. María Elena Durazo (SD-24) and Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de León (CD-14).

Assembly members & education leaders rally for Debt Free College Plan

LOS ANGELES – Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), Assembly Member Mike Fong (D-Alhambra) and education leaders in Los Angeles hosted a rally to urge the Legislature and Governor to pass the Legislature’s Debt Free College Plan.

The Debt Free College Plan includes; 1) $25 million to expand free community college to all full-time students, 2) over $500 million for Cal Grant reform, which will provide 150,000 new students with Cal Grants, and 3) historic investments in the Middle Class Scholarship.

Doctors, lawmakers express concern over low COVID booster rates among Southern California children

As COVID-19 cases rise, so does concern about kids getting their booster shots.

And with summer camp and activities upon us, getting boosted is crucial.

Local leaders and pediatricians are trying to get the message out.

Because so few 5 to 11 year-olds have received their COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots, California Assemblymember Miguel Santiago asked his kids to lead by example.

Governor Newsom & Legislative Leaders to expedite gun reform legislation

SACRAMENTO – Following a mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas that left at least 19 children and two adults dead Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) announced California will expedite commonsense gun safety laws that will protect people from gun violence. 

Assemblymember Santiago: Up food access to undocumented Californians

LOS ANGELES – The sharply rising costs of food, housing, gasoline, coupled with the inflation rate hovering at 8.3%  has many Californian scrambling to supplement their access to food. The cost for food alone in the Southern California region has risen 1% from February 2022 to March 2022, and food prices were 8.8% higher than in March 2021.

LA officials tout Medi-Cal expansion covering undocumented residents

Los Angeles-area elected officials Monday gathered to celebrate and spread the word about Medi-Cal’s recent expansion to cover low-income undocumented immigrants who are 50 years old and over.

“If there’s one thing COVID-19 has taught us, it’s the importance of having access to basic healthcare,” said Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles.

Anti-Poverty Advocates Say California Should Send $2,000 per Child to State's Lowest-Income Families

As Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers contemplate how to deliver the state’s surplus dollars back to Californians facing high gas prices and other rising costs of living, one group of advocates is pushing for another stimulus-like payment for the state’s lowest-income residents.

A coalition of anti-poverty organizations is calling for the state to send a one-time payment of $2,000 per child to families making less than $30,000 a year. More than 1 million families in the state would be eligible.