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California Real ID: How to apply before the 2023 deadline

LOS ANGELES - Back in March 2020, I had an appointment with the Department of Motor Vehicles to get a Real ID. Then, the pandemic happened and a lot of us including myself, never got it done.

Today I visited the Van Nuys DMV, where I was welcomed by a security guard at the door who said, "Appointment or no appointment today?"

Newsom signs fast-food worker measure on Labor Day

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a nation-leading measure that promises to give more than a half-million fast food workers more power and protections.

Restaurant owners opposed Assembly Bill 257, warning it would drive up consumers’ costs.

Newsom signs landmark law for fast food workers

SACRAMENTO – On Labor Day, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he has signed landmark legislation to empower fast-food workers with new wage and workplace protections to support their health, safety and welfare.

Japanese dance and drums fill the air at Nikkei Festival in Boyle Heights

For a moment on a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon, Michael Okamura was brought back to his childhood on the Eastside, as Japanese music, dance and taiko drums filled the air on a few blocks of East First Street. 

“It truly feels amazing to see so many people out here today celebrating the Japanese history of Boyle Heights, a history my parents were a part of and a history that is too often forgotten,” said Okamura during the celebration of the neighborhood’s first ever Nikkei Celebration.

LA gears up for long-awaited opening of Sixth Street Viaduct, connecting Boyle Heights to downtown

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles will begin a three-day community celebration Friday to mark the completion of the Sixth Street Viaduct, a new connection between Boyle Heights and the downtown Arts District that replaces one of the city's most iconic structures.

The previous viaduct, built back in 1932, was a city landmark that made appearances in films and television shows, mostly notably "Grease" and "Terminator 2: Judgement Day."

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.