Press Release

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO – AB 1197, a measure authored by California State Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), earned way to the Governor’s desk today. The bill would ensure that state and local funding to build temporary and supportive housing projects are spent more quickly and efficiently in the City of Los Angeles.

Monday, September 9, 2019

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's top homelessness policy adviser today was among representatives attending a meeting with California Gov. Gavin Newsom at which experts from across the state shared successes and challenges in confronting the homelessness crisis in communities throughout the state.

`Homelessness is a statewide and national crisis that demands intense focus, the brightest minds and our best ideas,'' Garcetti said. ``The council is bringing all of that to the table for California at a moment when we have to act with urgency to confront the emergency on our streets and do everything in our power to bring people indoors as quickly as possible.''

Today's meeting was held as the state Legislature enters the final weeks of the 2019 session. Garcetti is supporting several pieces of legislation that are intended accelerate the city's efforts to confront the homelessness crisis.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Sacramento, CA – It’s no secret that California’s housing needs have far outpaced existing stock as well as planned development and construction, which has only worsened the state’s affordability and homelessness crises. Just last month, housing officials highlighted the need for 1.3 million units in Southern California alone over the next ten years; three times the previously proposed number.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Developers could soon skip one of the most arduous parts of any new construction, as long as it’s in the name of emergency homeless shelters and housing projects.

Introduced by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), Assembly Bill 1197 would exempt Proposition HHH-funded projects, HEAP funded projects, and emergency shelters in the cities that have declared an emergency shelter crisis from environmental review.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared such a crisis in April of last year. Earlier this week, Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu spoke in favor of the Assembly Bill.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The state budget makes historic investments in areas that impact the student experience at community colleges, including $9 million for college students who are homeless or experiencing housing insecurity and $5 million to support veteran resource centers at community colleges. Additionally, a one-time increase of $4.75 million will support workforce development programs at some community colleges.

On Thursday, August 29, Newsom visited East Los Angeles College to talk about the program, and heard from students who have benefitted from free tuition.

He was joined by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago who was the original author of Assembly Bill No. 19, which proposed the tuition coverage for two years. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

EAST LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom made a stop at East Los Angeles College to promote the expansion of a free tuition program at community colleges.

Diana Villafana, a first-generation college student, just found out she qualifies for a second year of free tuition under the expansion of the program known as California College Promise. She called it a relief.

"I come from an immigrant family. I didn't want my parents to worry about that," she said.

She is beginning a long path toward a big dream. After participating in a Relay for Life event, she decided to pursue oncology.

"I know it's going to be difficult but it's in my heart. I want to help them,' Villafana said.

Newsom was joined Thursday by the author of the original bill, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago.