State Providing $300,000 for Budokan Programs and Services

An allocation of $300,000 was included in this year’s state budget to fund community programs and services at the Terasaki Budokan in Little Tokyo.

The announcement was made Tuesday at the Budokan by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), who was joined by Los Angeles City Councilmember Kevin de Leon and Little Tokyo Service Center Executive Director Erich Nakano, along with several children.

$4 million renovation will transform Self Help Graphics into 'space of healing, creative expression'

The state allocation of a $4 million fund for Self Help Graphics will help the Boyle Heights arts institution transform its current headquarters into a place that feels like home for the community.

At a press conference Friday, executive director Betty Ávila said the funds will allow SHG to renovate the 110 year old building and redesign its existing programs. She said the organization plans to work “as a space of healing, creative expression.”

Trans wellness fund gets $13 million deposit from state budget

In what one trans activist called "a testament to the power we have as a community," $13 million was appropriated to the Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund in the state budget that California Governor Gavin Newsom signed July 13.

Bamby Salcedo, a trans Latina immigrant woman who is the president and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, told the Bay Area Reporter the allocation is not only a witness to the power the trans community has but also "the possibilities" of what can happen when the TGI community gets engaged in the political process.

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.